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Game of Chairs — Sesame Street Adorably Takes on Game of Thrones

posted by Nell Minow

AISH and Six13 Uptown Funk Up Passover

posted by Nell Minow

AISH made an Uptown Funk parody in honor of Passover: And so did Six13: Hag sameach!

Happy Passover!

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a great Rube Goldberg-style contraption tribute to Passover from the folks at Technion. And here’s a glimpse of how they put it together.

Smile of the Week: Soul Pancake on the Power of Accepting Compliments

posted by Nell Minow

My very wise mother always says, “If someone pays you a compliment, don’t argue or deflect it.  Just lower your eyes and say, ‘Thank you.’”  This wonderful film from the great folks at Soul Pancake shows exactly how important that […]

Tom Hanks Lip-Syncs and Dances with Carly Rae Jepsen in “I Really Like You”

posted by Nell Minow

Tom Hanks really, really, really, really, really likes Carly Rae Jepsen!

YouTube’s New Campaign for Women: #DearMe

posted by Nell Minow

What advice would you give your younger self?  In celebration of International Women’s Day, take part in YouTube’s global #DearMe initiative to inspire and empower young girls everywhere.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

posted by Nell Minow

And don’t forget the only live action film written by Dr. Seuss, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T!

A Purim Take on Uptown Funk — Shushan Funk

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Purim! May this be a year when all the Hamens of the world are vanquished. This tale, was once told In the days of Achashverosh This one needs a new girl Needs a good girl A straight masterpiece! So […]

Smile of the Week: Uptown Funk from Alex Boye and the Dancing Grannies

posted by Nell Minow

“Uptown Funk,” from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, is covered in a sensational new video from longtime Mormon Tabernacle Choir member Alex Boyé and back-up performers ranging in age from 65-92.  According to the Choir’s website, Between all of his […]

Smile of the Week: Disney Shadows at the Mall

posted by Nell Minow

See what happens when Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Ana, Elsa, Olaf, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear and other Disney Characters magically surprise unsuspecting shoppers with their “Disney Side.” Smooth moves, Mickey!

Mixmaster Baymax: from the “Big Hero 6″ DVD Extras

posted by Nell Minow

Big Hero 6 will be out on DVD/Blu-Ray February 24, 2015. Here’s a cute clip from the DVD extras.

Happy President’s Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Sergei Polunin Dances to “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle

posted by Nell Minow

This stunning ballet was choreographed by Jade Hale-Christofi

Every British Actor Appears in Vanity Fair’s Adorable Videos

posted by Nell Minow

Vanity Fair has cajoled all of the top British actors into re-creating classic American movie lines, featuring everyone from Dame Judi Dench to Benedict Cumberbatch, in this adorable video series. Here’s a sample.

Why We Love Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Synch Contests: Fallon, Ferrell, and Hart Perform “Drunk in Love,” “Let It Go,” “All of Me” (Plus Drew Barrymore)

posted by Nell Minow

I always enjoy Jimmy Fallon’s lip synch competitions and this is one of the best, with Will Ferrell performing “Drunk in Love” and ‘Let it Go,” Kevin Hart going all out with “All of Me” and “Roar,” and Fallon rocking […]

A Sneak Peek at the Frozen Mini-Sequel

posted by Nell Minow

“Frozen” fans have a treat in store! A short “Frozen” sequel will be in theaters next month, shown before Disney’s new live-action “Cinderella,” opening March 13, 2015. You can get a glimpse of it here.

Uptown Funk from A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School and Teacher Scot Pankey

posted by Nell Minow

High school teacher Scot Pankey brings the funk to the entire school in this joyous dubstep video. I love its spirit and its inclusiveness; everyone is just there to have fun. It has become a viral sensation, tweeted by Michelle […]

Paddington Music Video: Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani Sing “Shine”

posted by Nell Minow

Alan Menken Plays His Hits

posted by Nell Minow

Alan Menken, currently composing the songs for “Galavant,” here sings some of his greatest hits, including songs from “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Enchanted,” “Pocahontas,” “Tangled,” and “Newsies.”

Four Disney Artists Paint a Tree

posted by Nell Minow

Pure pleasure: Four great Disney artists, Marc Davis, Eyvind Earle, Josh Meador, and Walt Peregoy, paint a tree. There’s a reason they call them actors with pencils. Or, just call them geniuses.

Smile of the Week: Pass the Salt

posted by Nell Minow

When his sons text at the dinner table, a father responds.  This film from Matthew Abeler won the Best Comedy Award at the 2014 Five16 Film Festival. In less than two minutes, it makes its point and makes us smile.

Some New Year Suggestions from Kid President

posted by Nell Minow

I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than these suggestions from Kid President. Happy 2015!

A Last Thought for the New Year: Write a Letter to a Stranger

posted by Nell Minow

Hannah Brencher has a story to tell about how she helped herself by helping others — through the almost-lost art of real letters on paper.  Make 2015 the year you write some letters — thank you notes, condolence notes, someone […]

A Last Look Back at 2014: YouTube

posted by Nell Minow

Joy to the World

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Merry Christmas 2014!

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear: Josh Groban

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: A Boy and a Penguin

posted by Nell Minow

This reminds me a little of the depiction of a child’s world in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and Barnaby. Many thanks to Slate for this and the others on its list of the year’s best ads.

George Clooney and the Cast of Downton Abbey

posted by Nell Minow

You don’t have to be a fan of “Downton Abbey” (or “Mr. Selfridge”) to love this hilarious spoof, with guest appearances by Jeremy Piven, George Clooney and the Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley.

A Trailer for A Movie You’ll Never See: Moonquake Lake with Mila Kunis and Rihanna

posted by Nell Minow

“Moonquake Lake” has a lot of star power behind it — “LEGO Movie” directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord and stars Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna. And it looks….intriguing, some sort of “Twilight”-style supernatural teen romance. It just isn’t […]

The Maccabeats! Happy Hannukah! All About the Neis

posted by Nell Minow

Eight Nights Song: StandFour

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Hannukah from StandFour!

See The Year’s Most Intriguing Actors In New Kissing Scenes: NY Times Magazine

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times brought together the stars of some of this year’s biggest films and asked them to kiss. Each is a tiny gem of a film that suggests so much more.

Music Video: Fenech-Soler Sing Last Forever

posted by Nell Minow

I love this video, which reminds me of some of my favorites from OK Go. It seems deceptively simple but they have some remarkable dimensional and reverse-motion effects. Nice song, too!

Us the Duo Sings the Hits of 2014 — In 2 1/2 Minutes

posted by Nell Minow

Us the Duo, the adorable Carissa and Michael Alvarado, whose song is featured in “The Book of Life,” have a new video with the top hits of 2014 in just 2 1/2 minutes.

Peter Pan Mash-Up Music Video With Alex G, DJ Tay James, and the Cast of Peter Pan Live

posted by Nell Minow

Watch Peter Pan Live! On NBC Thursday, December 4 at 8/7c.

Smile of the Week: Kristen Bell and Straight No Chaser Sing Text Me Merry Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) and the a cappella group Straight No Chaser have a new Christmas song sure to be a classic: “Text Me Merry Christmas.”

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

posted by Nell Minow

All my best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving to all, and please know how thankful I am for the time you spend here.

Smile of the Week: Airplane Safety Video, Hobbit-Style

posted by Nell Minow

Three Films About What We Discover About Others and Ourselves When We See and Hear What People Do When They Think No One is There

posted by Nell Minow

Professor Drew Morton deftly shows the connections between three films about listening or looking in secret and what secrets are discovered or uncovered: Blow Up, Blow Out, and The Conversation

Mickey’s Halloween 2014

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Halloween! Light Show 2014

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s Headless Horseman, Sung by Bing Crosby

posted by Nell Minow

OK Go: I Won’t Let You Down

posted by Nell Minow

No one making movies anywhere is more creative than OK Go. This is pure kaleidoscopic joy. And all it took was a few umbrellas. Some background on the making of the video here.

Manners at the Movie Theater

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a cute reminder on movie theater manners.

Classic Movie Scenes in Legos

posted by Nell Minow

From Morgan Spence

The Impossible Orchestra, Starring Everyone, Sings “God Only Knows”

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite songs, performed by many of my favorite performers. Here’s the guide to who’s who.

The Pixar Universe: A Theory About How It All Fits Together

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: New York Sings “Tomorrow” from “Annie”

posted by Nell Minow

#anniemovie

L’Shana Tova! Happy Rosh Hashanah 5775

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Matthew Rissien for this parody of “All About the Bass.” For something a little more spiritual, here’s Barbra Streisand singing the beautiful hymn “Avinu Malkeinu.” Translation: Our Father, Our King Be gracious and answer our prayers For we […]

Happy Birthday US Constitution!

posted by Nell Minow

It was on September 17, 1789 that the US Constitution was approved. The Bill of Rights was not added until later, but let’s celebrate that, too. How many can you name? This will help you remember them.

The Colors of Pixar

posted by Nell Minow

Watch how Pixar uses the colors of the rainbow to create a mood, tell a story, and delight the eye.

Behind the Scenes: The Boxtrolls

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to share some of the behind-the-scenes artistry that went into LAIKA Studios’ “The Boxtrolls.”  You can see some of what I found so enchanting on my visit to the studio last spring.

Opera Flash Mob at a London Grocery Store

posted by Nell Minow

Sacla staged an impromptu Opera in the food aisles of a London grocery store. They planted five secret opera singers who were disguised as casual shoppers and store staff amongst the groceries who broke into song bringing the foodhall to […]

See Great Directors — in TV and Music Videos

posted by Nell Minow

Top directors do more than movies.  Take a look at these clips from Emmy-nominated television series and these music videos made by some of the most talented directors working in Hollywood, including Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), […]

Cozi Zuehlsdorff’s New Song for “Dolphin Tale 2″ — “Brave Souls”

posted by Nell Minow

I’m really looking forward to “Dolphin Tale 2,” even more so after seeing this music video by Cozi Zuehlsdorff, the young actress who reprises her role as Hazel from the original film. Cozi’s song, which she wrote and performs herself, […]

Taylor Swift Shakes it Off

posted by Nell Minow

Taylor Swift, who can be seen in “The Giver,” debuts her first pop album with this adorable video. There have been some online discussions about whether Swift is racially insensitive or even racist.  That is a subjective assessment viewers will […]

Yes, Another “Happy” Video, But You Will Love This One, I Promise

posted by Nell Minow

Produced by a team of Deaf campers & staff from Deaf Film Camp 2014 at Camp Mark Seven.

Short Film: My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts

posted by Nell Minow

I love this endearing story about how people in even the most unexpected of jobs can make a real difference.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” in LEGOs

posted by Nell Minow

Girl in a Country Song — Maddie and Tae Reverse the Gender Roles

posted by Nell Minow

“Can I put on some real clothes now?”

Exclusive Clip: Behind the Scenes on “Calvary”

posted by Nell Minow

Brendan Gleeson gives a magnificent performance as a warm-hearted priest in a sad and damaged world in “Calvary,” opening next week across the country.  Here’s an exclusive peek behind the scenes, featuring Gleeson and Director of the Pauline Center for […]

Intuition — A Short Film from Danielle Lurie

posted by Nell Minow

I love this short film from Danielle Lurie about a young woman who needs to learn to listen to her heart, with a wonderful performance by Montse Muñoz.

Academy Originals: Creative Spark — Aline Brosh McKenna

posted by Nell Minow

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (“We Bought a Zoo,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) talks about inspiration in this latest in the terrific Academy Originals series from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

More Weird Al: He Fixes Your Grammar with “Word Crimes”

posted by Nell Minow

It is literally….very instructive!

Weird Al Gets Happy, I Mean Tacky!

posted by Nell Minow

Weird Al Yankovic, gets weird about Pharrell Williams’ ubiquitous “Happy,” with some help from Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Jack Black! Update: I am pleased that Weird Al, who is the gentlest soul alive, has apologized for the thoughtless use […]

John Legend Thinks All Women and Girls Are Beautiful

posted by Nell Minow

Colbie Caillat is not the only one paying tribute to the full range of female beauty with a new video. John Legend’s “You & I” is a deeply moving tribute to the woman he loves, who appears in the video […]

The Declaration of Independence

posted by Nell Minow

This is what we are celebrating today.  Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July 2014!

posted by Nell Minow

A safe and happy celebration to all!

Schoolhouse Rock Salutes the American Revolution

posted by Nell Minow

Academy Originals: Hollywood Filmmakers Talk About What Inspires Them

posted by Nell Minow

In this short from the terrific Academy Originals series, Seth Rogen says that it is friendship that is at the center of the stories he likes to write.  [Warning: Some strong language.]  “Academy Originals” is AMPAS’s first original digital series.  […]

What Does it Mean to “Throw Like a Girl?”

posted by Nell Minow

Always brought in Lauren Greenfield, is an award-winning American artist, and documentary photographer and filmmaker, to create their #likeagirl videos. What do we think of when we hear “throw like a girl,” “run like a girl,” or “fight like a girl?” […]

An Exquisite Short Film From Legendary Disney Animator Glen Keane

posted by Nell Minow

Glen Keane is one of the all-time greats of old-school hand-drawn animation.  He was responsible for characters like Pocahontas and Ariel.  Much as I love computer-animation, there are some things only a hand can do, and his hand is one […]

A Blessed Ramadan

posted by Nell Minow

How Do I Feel About the News that Pentatonix Will Appear in “Pitch Perfect 2?”

posted by Nell Minow

This should give you a clue.

OK Go Has Another Spectacular Video: The Writing’s On the Wall

posted by Nell Minow

OK Go consistently produces the most creative music videos around — and some great songs as well.  Here’s their latest, fun with all kinds of optical illusions, and shot in one take. And, for a refresher, two of my other […]

“All By Myself” — Hilarious Video From a Man Stranded Overnight in the Las Vegas Airport

posted by Nell Minow

When I get stuck in an airport, I usually buy trashy magazines and trashier food.  This man made a brilliant video.

Bobby Van Hopping in “Small Town Girl” — the Number that Inspired Hugh Jackman’s Tony Awards Opening Number

posted by Nell Minow

Did you see Hugh Jackman hopping through the opening number on the Tony Awards?  Top that next year NPH!  You might have caught a glimpse of the movie dance Jackman paid tribute to as he hopped by, the wonderful Bobby […]

Why We Remember: Memorial Day 2014

posted by Nell Minow

For Memorial Day: A Story from I Like Giving

posted by Nell Minow

I Like Giving is a non-profit devoted to inspiring us to be kinder.  For Memorial Day, watch the short video about a veteran in need and a man who helped him, changing both their lives.

Bert and Zachary Levi Remind Us to Put Our Devices Away and Enjoy the Outdoors — Sesame Street

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my friend Leslie Combemale for sharing this adorable reminder that we are better off experiencing the world directly instead of staring at screens.

Pixar Founder John Lasseter Gives the Graduation Speech at CalArts

posted by Nell Minow

“Your voice is worthwhile. Have faith in it.”

“Duck Dynasty’s” Kay Robertson Talks About Marriage and Motherhood

posted by Nell Minow

Kay Robertson has made a short video for “I am Second” with some frank talk about marriage, motherhood, and her struggles with depression.

May the 4th Be With You! Happy Star Wars Day!

posted by Nell Minow

And catch the Cantina Band auditions, featuring Chris Daughtry, Ben Folds, Liz Phair, Reggie Watts, Mark McGrath, Jordin Sparks, Rick Springfield, Weird Al, Lisa Loeb, and mc chris.

Everyone Gets “Happy”

posted by Nell Minow

I love it when a song and video inspires tributes that pop up all over YouTube.  And Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” an irresistible tune with a simple video of people dancing, has inspired people all over the world to do their […]

Disney Classic: Funny Little Bunnies

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate Easter!

posted by Nell Minow

Windy Day by John and Faith Hubley

posted by Nell Minow

This time of year always makes me think of “Windy Day,” one of my favorite short films.  John and Faith Hubley created this wonderfully impressionistic animation using a recording of their daughters playing together as a soundtrack.

LEGO Movie/Simpsons Mash-Up — The Couch

posted by Nell Minow

What do the Simpsons and the LEGO movie characters have in common?  A couch!

Long-lost George Lucas “Star Wars” Film

posted by Nell Minow

Esquire has a fascinating story about a short film called “Black Angel,”  “created to accompany The Empire Strikes Back in theaters. It was the directorial debut of Star Wars‘ pioneering set decorator Roger Christian and a special request by the big man himself, […]

Watch the Oscar-Winning Animated Short Film: Mr. Hublot

posted by Nell Minow

In this charming story, a man finds his life transformed by a robot pet.

LEGO Movie Blooper Reel!

posted by Nell Minow

Charlie Chaplin’s 100th Year of Movies

posted by Nell Minow

One hundred years ago this week, British music hall star Charlie Chaplin made his first Hollywood film, the silent “It’s a Living.” It would be a little while before his classic character of the little tramp really came together. He […]

Quaker Parody: What Does George Fox Say?

posted by Nell Minow

The Ylvis song What Does the Fox Say is an international hit and there have been many parodies, like the Kerry Washington skit on SNL.  I love this Quaker tribute to founder George Fox, funny, sweet, and inspiring at the same […]

Adorable “Sweded” Trailers for “The Lego Movie”

posted by Nell Minow

The delightful Be Kind Rewind introduced the concept of “sweding” a film — remaking it with whatever low-tech, analog materials are on hand.  The makers of next week’s “Lego Movie” asked fans to “swede” their trailer and you must see the […]

Evolution of the Dolly Zoom — the “Spielberg Shot”

posted by Nell Minow

Most associated with Steven Spielberg, the “dolly zoom” shot is the vertiginous technique that has the camera moving backward as the lens zooms in.  Here’s a terrific compilation — hold on tight!

Let It Go from “Frozen” — in 25 Languages

posted by Nell Minow

And the LA Times explains how they do it. As the film business has become an increasingly global one, [Rick] Dempsey’s job has become ever more complex, with languages in emerging territories added every year. The newest additions include Bengali, […]

Smile of the Week: Bringing Rembrandt’s Night Watch to Life

posted by Nell Minow

The Rijksmuseum museum in Holland took one Rembrandt painting from 1642, Night Watch and brought it to life the characters in a busy mall. Thanks to my mom for sending me this one!

Smile of the Week: Instructions for a Bad Day

posted by Nell Minow

A compilation of worldwide YouTube content, the crowd-sourced documentary “Life in a Day” by Kevin Macdonald, and local footage by Jon Goodgion. Audio is the spoken word poem “Instructions For a Bad Day” by Shane Koyczan.

New from “Muppets Most Wanted” — Across the Internet

posted by Nell Minow

The Cast of “The Good Wife” Dances to Thicky Trick

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a treat to warm up this cold snap!  This week’s case on “The Good Wife” concerned the use of a song on a “Glee”-style television show.  The cast decided to engage in some very un-courtroom-like behavior.  I got a […]

Puppies and Kittens Re-Enact Movies: Adorable

posted by Nell Minow

From The Pet Collective: Kittens star in “The Lion King.” And puppies re-enact “Elf.”

USAF: The Holly and the Ivy

posted by Nell Minow

Muppet Christmas: Carol of the Bells

posted by Nell Minow

A Visit From Saint Nicholas: Disney Version

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The Original Version: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

posted by Nell Minow

Humorist James Thurber’s most famous short story is “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Like most of Thurber’s male characters, he was a milktoast, shy, repressed, and hen-pecked. On a shopping expedition with his wife, he daydreamed of adventure and […]

Sesame Street Does “The Hunger Games”

posted by Nell Minow

One-Line Movies With the Year’s Best Actors

posted by Nell Minow

The actors who created some of this year’s most intriguing performances each appear in a eleven original (very) short films directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.  The one-line scripts are from the year’s best screenwriters, from Lake Bell of “In a […]

Happy Thanksgiving — Alice’s Restaurant

posted by Nell Minow

Arlo Guthrie sings about an unforgettable Thanksgiving.

Cute Clip from “The Naughty List”

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to present a clip from the cute new holiday film, The Naughty List. Two young elves, Winter and Snowflake, have a hard time following the rules and are prone to sneaking off for some good elf playtime. But […]

Turbo in Sixty Seconds

posted by Nell Minow

Watch a 60-second version of my Pick of the Week, the cute “Turbo” about the NASCAR racing snail.

Veteran’s Day 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: Watch This Guy Dance

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Happy Halloween from Casper and Wendy!

posted by Nell Minow

Paul McCartney’s New Song — With a Little Help from His Friends

posted by Nell Minow

Paul McCartney invites some friends to dance to his new song, “Queenie Eye.” Watch out for: Meryl Streep, Jude Law, Kate Moss, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Chris Pine, and…..?

Smile of the Week: Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” Delights a Crowd

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: Miley Cyrus and The Roots

posted by Nell Minow

I just want the Roots to play on every song ever.

Smile of the Week: The Surprising Secret of Happiness

posted by Nell Minow

SoulPancake has performed a heartwarming experiment that proves a surprising path to happiness.  Watch it; I promise you’ll be grateful.

Smile of the Week: Giving

posted by Nell Minow

This one is a smile-through-tears of the week.  Just lovely.

Happy Birthday to the US Constitution!

posted by Nell Minow

The US Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1797.  

Movies To Help You Forgive

posted by Nell Minow

The Forgiveness Project has assembled some touching and inspiring films about the issues we face around forgiveness, asking for it and giving it. In this film, people find ways to forgive the unforgivable. “No matter which side of the conflict […]

Smile of the Week: On the Day You Were Born

posted by Nell Minow

For more, check out Frances England’s new Blink of an Eye CD.

Smile of the Week: Indigo’s First Year

posted by Nell Minow

Photographer Sam Cornwell took one second of video a day of his new son, Indigo, and it is breathtaking to see him go from newborn to first steps.  Guaranteed heart-melter.

Smile of the Week: Japanese Contraption Plays Bach

posted by Nell Minow

David Foster Wallace on Being Aware

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How to be a Dad

posted by Nell Minow

As the daughter and wife of two guys who are truly great fathers, I love this new ad from Fatherhood.gov.

For Memorial Day: Two Outstanding Short Films

posted by Nell Minow

For Memorial Day, Sundance is making available online two outstanding short films about the military. Please take time to watch them with your family. For aviation fans, get ready for a ton of wonderful archival footage coming your way in […]

Smile of the Week: A Son Dances Underwater with His Mother

posted by Nell Minow

In this lovely underwater Deep End Dance, Conor Horgan dances with his 76-year-old mother.

Paul Revere’s Ride: Andy Griffith Style

posted by Nell Minow

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Paul Revere Day!  Here’s the classic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

For the Bullied and Beautiful: Shane Koyczan’s Ted Talk

posted by Nell Minow

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Flickering Lights” Movie

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Smile of the Week: Her Morning Elegance

posted by Nell Minow

How did they do it?

The Beatles 50th Reunion

posted by Nell Minow

50 years after they recorded the first Beatles single, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Martin got back together.

Happy Purim!

posted by Nell Minow

Shake your groggers!!

Smile of the Week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Sesame Street

posted by Nell Minow

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Murray discuss the word “reinforce” — to make something stronger.

A Valentine’s Day Romance Smile of the Week: Signs

posted by Nell Minow

Reminiscent of this year’s adorable Oscar-nominated short, “Paperman,” this very romantic Australian short is the story of a lonely office worker who falls for a pretty girl in the window of the building across the street.

Sesame Street Takes on Downton Abbey

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: Disney’s Oscar-Nominated “Paperman”

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s Oscar-nominated short is one of the best movie romances of 2012.  It appeared in theaters before the feature “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The music is by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Christophe Beck and it was produced and directed by John Kahrs.

Happy 100th Birthday, Rosa Parks

posted by Nell Minow

  Today — and every day — we salute the vision and courage of Rosa Parks, not just for what she did one day in being arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to […]

Smile of the Week: Fireflies

posted by Nell Minow

The Christmas Song: Mel Torme and Judy Garland

posted by Nell Minow

Listen for Judy singing “rainbows” instead of “reindeer.”

Hardrock, Coco, and Joe

posted by Nell Minow

Everyone who grew up in Chicago in the 50’s knows and loves this one:

“Carol of the Bells” With Jennifer Hudson and Sesame Street

posted by Nell Minow

Children Tell the Nativity Story

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable film is the story of Christmas as told by the children of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand.

The Sugar Plum Fairy: A Christmas Tradition

posted by Nell Minow

“The Nutcracker Suite” is a Christmas tradition.  There have been a couple of movie versions, but none as good as this exquisite moment with Natalya Arkhipova as the Sugar Plum Fairy from the 1989 Bolshoi version:

Light the Hanukkah Candles — With a Rube Goldberg Contraption!

posted by Nell Minow

A Rube Goldberg-inspired machine for lighting the Hanukkah candles: And behind the scenes:   Don’t try this at home!

Happy Halloween from the Disney Villains

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: Country Song Keywords (With My Photos!)

posted by Nell Minow

Out of the blue, I was contacted by The Hang, asking if they could use some of my photos for a music video.  I was delighted to say yes, especially after I heard the song, which is very funny and […]

Smile of the Week: Katy Perry Sings With Jodi DiPiazza, Musician With Autism

posted by Nell Minow

From this weekend’s Comedy Central Night of Two Many Stars benefit for autism (Sunday at 8 Eastern), this touching duet: Her father says, “I’ve taken off the idea that there’s some limit on her.”

Smile of the Week: The Piano Guys Perform “What Makes You Beautiful”

posted by Nell Minow

The Piano Guys play New Directions’ “What Makes You Beautiful”

Happy Sukkot!

posted by Nell Minow

Gangnam Style: Robots and More

posted by Nell Minow

Psy has inspired more people to get up and dance than anyone since Los del Rio had everyone dancing the Macarena. Even robots are dancing gangnam style. And of course there are flash mobs.  Barcelona, Spain: Bergen, Norway: Cornell University I […]

Smile of the Week: Matt Dances All Over the World

posted by Nell Minow

Here he explains how he got thousands of people to dance with him on camera. Thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law Lise for sharing this with me!

L’Shana Tova! Rosh Hashanah Wishes for a Sweet New Year

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Smile of the Week: Written by a Kid — La Munkya

posted by Nell Minow

I am still enjoying the weekly episodes of “Written by a Kid” on Geek and Sundry’s YouTube channel.  Here’s another one of my favorites. The behind the scenes videos are also lots of fun.  

An Olympics Moment: Jesse Owens 1936

posted by Nell Minow

As we prepare for the memorable moments of the 2012 Olympics, let’s take another look at this one, when a black American competed in Hitler’s Berlin and, as the world watched, he put the lie to Hitler’s claims about Aryan […]

Smile of the Week: New “Written by a Kid” Series with Dave Foley and Joss Whedon

posted by Nell Minow

Could Joss Whedon be any more lovable?  He creates smart, provocative, and funny television shows with strong and fascinating female characters.  He directed one of the biggest movies of the year, “The Avengers.”  And now he stars as an action […]

Teach Kids Logic With These Terrific Cartoons (Free)

posted by Nell Minow

Brain Pickings writes about a terrific series of cartoons for kids that explore logic and ideas.  Even adults can learn a few things — and they may need to, as watching these will make kids very good at arguing!   […]

Our National Anthem, Sung by Whitney Houston

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Kevin Spacey in “The Ventriloquist” (Short)

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my wonderful friend Brandon Fibbs for sharing this heartwarming short film.  

Wes Anderson’s Animated Short About the Books in “Moonrise Kingdom”

posted by Nell Minow

My favorite part of Moonrise Kingdom was the books.  Wes Anderson’s props are often more appealing than his characters (I still long for that luggage from Darjeeling Limited).  “Moonrise Kingdom” is set in 1965 and one of its lead 12-year-old characters […]

Auto-Tuned Mr. Rogers

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to The Wrap for sharing a heartwarming gem.  The auto-tuned Mr. Rogers is just as friendly a neighbor as the original. I am not going to embed the clip because I am sorry to say it is followed by […]

Amazing Grace

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Smile of the Week: A Live Lip-Dub Proposal

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For Mother’s Day: Anita Renfroe’s Classic Tribute

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Smile of the Week: Cain’s Arcade

posted by Nell Minow

The New Yorker has a lovely piece about this short documentary about a remarkable boy who created an entire arcade with just cardboard — and imagination.

Paul McCartney’s “My Valentine” Music Video with Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp Signing

posted by Nell Minow

This beautifully balletic version of Paul MCartney’s new song, “My Valentine” features Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp performing in sign language.  The song is featured in McCartney’s new standards collection, Kisses on the Bottom. NOTE: Do not pay attention to […]

Bill Murray Reads Billy Collins and More — National Poetry Month

posted by Nell Minow

Flavorwire has a sensational collection of actors reading poems in honor of National Poetry Month.  Here, Bill Murray reads to the construction workers building a new poetry center.  Other readers include Alan Rickman, Bill Clinton, and Anthony Hopkins.

More about Pixar’s “Brave”

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Happy Easter!

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Passover in the Age of the Internet

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my mom for sending me this cute Passover video!

A Short Love Story in Stop Motion

posted by Nell Minow

In a lovely short film by Carlos Lascano, reminiscent of the opening sequence in “Up,” two birds from a young girl’s drawing take flight to explore her dreams for her future.        

“I Believe” Dance Number from “Mirror Mirror”

posted by Nell Minow

Director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar grew up in India and began his career with music videos, and you can see the influence of both in this joyous musical number from Mirror Mirror. The Huffington Post’s Katie Calautti has a fascinating piece on […]

Smile of the Week: Forgetfulness by Billy Collins

posted by Nell Minow

Ah, that explains why I can never remember anything!

TED Ed — TEDucational videos

posted by Nell Minow

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) was first known for its conferences, attracting extraordinary speakers who told the people lucky enough to be in the room amazing, thrilling, and inspiring stories about the latest discoveries in science and the arts.  When those […]

The Muppets Take on “The Hunger Games”

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Viewers Say Thanks for “Act of Valor”

posted by Nell Minow

“Act of Valor,” featuring active duty Navy SEALs, is number one at the box office and has inspired some nice “thank you” responses from viewers.    

British Teenager Creates Lego Tribute to 10 Classic Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Congratulations to Harry Bossert — how many of these scenes can you identify?

You Will Never See a Sweeter Valentine Love Story Than This One

posted by Nell Minow

Suggested by my darling daughter:  

Smile of the Week: Page Turner

posted by Nell Minow

How can Kindle compete with this?

Rapunzel, Flynn, and the Horse — Wedding Scene

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a mini-“Tangled” sequel before “Beauty and the Beast” 3D!  Here’s a sneak peek!   A full sequel is scheduled to appear on the Disney Channel this spring.  Stay tuned.    

Randy Travis — Old Time Christmas

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Suzy Snowflake

posted by Nell Minow

It isn’t Christmas for those of us who grew up in Chicago watching “Garfield Goose” until we see “Suzy Snowflake.”

An Oscar-Winning Animated ‘Christmas Carol’

posted by Nell Minow

I thought I knew of — and loved — every film version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”  But what a delight to discover a new one, and an Oscar-winning animated version by one of my favorite artists, Richard Williams (of “The […]

The Snowman: Walking in the Air

posted by Nell Minow

If you are feeling frazzled with holiday preparations, take a moment to enjoy the pure magic of this excerpt from one of the finest animated films ever made:

Smile of the Week: Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!

posted by Nell Minow

Simon, Theodore, and….Alvin: “Christmas Don’t Be Late”

posted by Nell Minow

As the latest Chipmunks movie opens up this week, we remember how it all got started, with the Grammy-winning 1958 song, “Christmas Don’t Be Late:” The singing chipmunks were created by songwriter Ross Bagdasarian, who had appeared in the Alfred […]

One Second of Beauty — from Montblanc

posted by Nell Minow

Montblanc, maker of some of the world’s most magnificent pens (I am a pen nut and adore lovely fountain pens), has invited everyone to submit short films about beauty.  Really short — just one second.  There are two ways to […]

Shatner vs. Fisher on ‘Star Trek’ vs. ‘Star Wars’

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert reports that “Star Trek” captain William Shatner and “Star Wars” princess Carrie Fisher are engaged in a battle bigger than anything involving Klingons or The Empire — the relative merits of their two franchises.  Check out the warring […]

A Trip to the Moon

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “Hugo,” based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, is inspired by the films of George Méliès, the French magician-turned-filmmaker who pioneered the field of special effects.  “A Trip to the Moon,” made in […]

Smile of the Week: ‘In Your Arms’ with Kina Grannis and Zillions of Jellybeans

posted by Nell Minow

This is the best use of stop-motion in a video since the legendary “Sledgehammer” with Peter Gabriel.  And Kina Grannis and director Greg Jardin made it a frame at a time with real Jelly Bellys (donated by the company) — no CGI. Just as […]

With Thanks To All Our Armed Forces and Hopes for A Safe Return Home

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Smile of the Week: Father-Daughter Wedding Dance

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Happy Halloween!

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The Return of Statler and Waldorf

posted by Nell Minow

On “The Muppet Show,” Statler and Waldorf (named for stately old hotels) were the two cranky old guys in the balcony who comment sarcastically on the performance.  I’m glad to see that they are on top of internet culture!  Looking […]

For Yom Kippur: Louis Armstrong Sings ‘Jonah and the Whale’

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Kol Nidre

posted by Nell Minow

Warn greetings to all who are observing Yom Kippur.  May you and all you love be inscribed in the Book of Life.

Sesame Street Does ‘The Heaviest Catch’

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable parody of “The Deadliest Catch” has the cutest squid ever!

Smile of the Week: One Step Forward

posted by Nell Minow

This charming and romantic little film from Ben Crawford won best film, best directing, best cinematography, best editing, and the group c audience award at the Boston 48 Hour Film Project. All films had to be made in 48 hours and have these elements: […]

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