Category Archives: Cinema Scope

For the love of movies, and not just the musicals

IF ONLY THE POE COTTAGE HAD BEEN OUR TELL TALE MURDER HOUSE!

That is the Poe Cottage in the Bronx.  The last home Poe resided in before he died.  We had hoped to make it our Tell-Tale musicabre movie murder home. But alas, it is not to be! Most of the short … Continue reading

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A Freaky Little Tell Tale Tidbit

Listen to this.  It’s rather creepy, isn’t it, not just because of the unsettling nature of the text, but because of, well, I’ll explain later, just listen now:     I kept quite still and said nothing. For a whole … Continue reading

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EXITING ETERNITY’S GATE

  Ed and I had just seen Julian Schnabel’s movie about Vincent Van Gogh, “At Eternity’s Gate”, and were exiting one of the more tucked away screening rooms at the Landmark 57 multiplex, which required walking down a long, narrow, … Continue reading

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TELL TALE REVEAL!

  So what is the big new deal with “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“?     OK!  Aright!  I know you’ve been on tenterhooks!   The suspense has been killing you!     But only figuratively.   Not literally, … Continue reading

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TELL TALE SOUNDS

The final ghastly Tell-Tale hint before I reveal all!   What is this about?  Click to watch the short video; now can you guess? Yes, we appear to be in a recording studio. What, is that three cellists on the … Continue reading

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TROLL AFFECTION!

  How a genre and boundary bursting Swedish movie brought back to mind a certain LGBTQ friendly First Grade Opera Tune I just saw the movie “Border”, Sweden’s entry for this year’s Foreign Film Oscar, and let me say, right … Continue reading

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FIRST MAN Takes This Waltz with 2001’s BLUE DANUBE

First Man – Docking Waltz – Justin Hurwitz   Ed and I were watching the marvelous, heart-grabbing “First Man” in the next to uppermost row in the huge Upper West Side Imax theater, when we reached the point in the … Continue reading

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TELL TALE OMENS

  What is this about? Have I decided to add cartoonist to my jack-of-the-arts-box?     No.  I am quite aware that my drawing skills are more on the feeble side. These sketches are for practical reasons, which however are … Continue reading

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TELL TALE SIGN…

  Something’s coming…   Something murderous, mad, musical…   A pale blue eye…   Cellos signing;  moaning;  screaming…   His hideous heart…   It’s all returning…   But not the way it was…   It will take on a whole … Continue reading

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ISADORA DUNCAN and the View from Pompidou

A pioneer of modern dance.  A preserved treasure of early film. Ed and I are spending two weeks in Paris (don’t feel sorry for me) and Monday we went to the Pompidou museum, where this little treasure of dance and … Continue reading

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HAPPY SONGS FOR DARK TIMES #2: Miss Marple, Tatu, and the Chipper Harpsichord

Theme from Miss Marple – Ron Goodwin and his Orchestra A while back I promised there would be a series of Happy Tunes for Dark Times to highlight what I consider sure fire musical mood boosters. What with ever escalation Twitter … Continue reading

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THEY KILLED MERYL! – but she still left us one or two musical gems

When the first trailers for “Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again” arrived, the absence of Meryl Streep was conspicuous.  As were certain lines that hinted at her character Donna Sheridan’s absence in the “Mamma Mia” movie sequel.  Her likely … Continue reading

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MAMA MIA – Here We Sing Along Again

Escapism for the New Great Depression I slid the “Mamma Mia” disk into the blu-ray player.  I asked Ed whether it we should activate the sing-along function this time?  Ed hesitated, then demurred.  But I knew he wanted it.  So … Continue reading

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HAPPY SONGS FOR DARK TIMES #1 – A Grand Hotel Extravaganza

Sometimes the right slice of music can be a sure fire happy picker upper. These are dark, soul depressing, body wearying times we live in.  More than once I have been hearing people talk about how they feel sick in … Continue reading

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THE SIGHING STRINGS OF CINEMA

Phantom Thread – Psycho – Cloud Atlas – Platoon – Lorenzo’s Oil – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – American Crime Story: Versace – The Club – Schindler’s List – Jesus Christ Superstar – Moonlight – Jackie – … Continue reading

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“HOT MESS” MALE BISEXUALS “TORCHED” OFF BROADWAY

Hot Mess – Torch Song – Call Me By Your Name – Cabaret – Speakeasy By a quirk of timing I wound up seeing two days in a row the two stage plays currently playing in New York (Off Broadway) … Continue reading

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