Reel Talk for Real film lovers....

Are you a film buff?
Do you take pleasure in learning about film gems from the past that you might have missed?
Do you enjoy learning about the backstory of classic films?
Or perhaps, do you like being reminded of films worthy of being seen again?

I visit my dear friend, Donna, in DC several times a year and one of our favorite activities is bringing our list of films to watch, both current and from days gone by. Her father, Jean Gabriell had been an actor and director in the early days of television and film in New Jersey, which is considered the birthplace of the movie picture industry.

Today’s Bloom Seed is about a new You Tube series called “Reel Talk” by musician and actor, Anne Stott, where she “gives you the low down on how to find good movies”. I use her references when choosing movies that will entertain and surprise Donna.

So far, Anne has reviewed an eclectic group of films that include:

  • Bright Star, a 2009 biographical fiction romantic drama film based on the last three years of the life of poet John Keats and his romantic relationship with Fanny Brawne directed by Jane Campion.
  • Brief Encounter, a 1945 film following a passionate extramarital affair in England shortly before WWII directed by David Lean and widely cited by film critics, historians, and scholars as one of the greatest funs of all time.
  • How to Steal a Million, a 1966 American heist comedy film directed by William Wyler and starring Audrey Hepburn Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach, Hugh Griffith and Charles Boyer. The film is set and was filmed in France, though the characters speak entirely in English. Hepburn's clothes were designed by Givenchy..

Don’t have Netflix? Anne informs us that your library enables access to thousands of DVD titles for free OR access to their streaming services through Kanopy. Don’t give up on watching great films, obscure films, old films or international films just because streaming services are overwhelming. 


The next episode of REEL TAKES goes live Wednesday at 7pm ET.
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