ABBA: The Movie (1971)

Long before Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hit the big screen (and entered my constant-rewatch rotation), there was another ABBA film, appropriately titled… ABBA: The Movie. Where the modern musical tales have plots full of complicated personal relationships, family secrets, and romance, ABBA: The Movie doesn’t have much of a plot … More ABBA: The Movie (1971)

Films + Songs, Vol. 1

When I listen to music, I can’t help picturing mini-movies in my head, visuals to match the song’s mood or lyrics. Sometimes songs even remind me of films I’ve seen, parallels drawn between a line or two and a particular character or scene in a movie. I was recently listening to Pandora and pondering the … More Films + Songs, Vol. 1

‘Seeking a Friend’ and the Apocalyptic Tunes of the Midcentury

When I decided to watch Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, I wasn’t planning to do a full post on it. I needed some background noise while reorganizing my book collection and when I need background noise, I turn to Netflix’s 21st century offerings. I thought I’d half-watch it on my Kindle … More ‘Seeking a Friend’ and the Apocalyptic Tunes of the Midcentury

Midcentury Playlist: Forgotten Hit Songs of the 1950s

I’ve got something a little bit different to share today: a music post! I recently ran across an article about Tony Bennett’s thoughts on modern pop music. The comments section of the article is peppered with “Shut up, old man” comments, but also some thought-provoking commentary on what makes a song a “classic” and which … More Midcentury Playlist: Forgotten Hit Songs of the 1950s

Reviewin’ the Box: ‘Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime’

Reviewin’ the Box: Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime What’s in the box?: A single disc including including musical performances from Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. These performances come from a 1962 televised special. Packaging: This DVD, released by KULTUR, comes in a standard plastic case. The cover design is simple, … More Reviewin’ the Box: ‘Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime’

Surf Party (1964)

Terry Wells (Patricia Morrow) is headed to California with two of her friends, Sylvia (Lory Patrick) and Junior (Jackie DeShannon), to visit her brother and learn to surf. Upon arrival in the sunny state, it doesn’t take long for the girls to get settled in and become a nuisance to the local police sergeant, who … More Surf Party (1964)