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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’

posted by Nell Minow

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: […]

Smile of the Week: ‘Sesame Street’ Does ‘Glee!’

posted by Nell Minow

Break-Dancing Rosh Hashanah Celebration!

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Smile of the Week: What Inspires You?

posted by Nell Minow

Another inspiring short from Nationlight.

A Tribute to A Great Partnership — The Muppets’ Jim Henson and Frank Oz

posted by Nell Minow

The Museum of the Moving Image’s fabulous exhibit, Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, opens this weekend!

Happy 4th of July!

posted by Nell Minow

May our celebrations this day remind us to treasure our freedoms, instill gratitude for those who fought for, fight for, and protect them, and inspire us to work for freedom for everyone.  

Fireworks

posted by Nell Minow

Katy Perry’s Fireworks for the 4th of July!  

She Texted. We Kicked Her Out.

posted by Nell Minow

Hurray for the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater for standing up for the rights of movie-goers by kicking out a woman who was texting in the theater.   The Alamo’s policy is clear.  Since 1997 it has had a strict no-talking policy […]

Chases! Crashes! Explosions! Superheroes! Robots! Every 2011 Action Movie!

posted by Nell Minow

And swords, kung fu, guns, blasters, aliens, and He-who-must-not-be-named.  

Smile of the Week: Michael Jackson Tribute from 14-Year Old Trevor Jackson

posted by Nell Minow

The Best Movie Father

posted by Nell Minow

A tribute to all fathers, everywhere — a look at Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, based on the real-life father of author Harper Lee.  

Happy Flag Day!

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Smile of the Week: June is Busting Out All Over

posted by Nell Minow

From “Carousel” by Rodgers and Hammerstein — Happy June!  

Taps

posted by Nell Minow

Our deepest gratitude for the honor and sacrifice of all who have served our country.

Lady Gaga for Chrome: Smile of the Week

posted by Nell Minow

Lady Gaga loves her fans and they love her.  An ad for a browser brought tears to my eyes.  

Gotta Share — Improv Everywhere Sings About Staying Connected

posted by Nell Minow

I was honored to be the kick-off speaker at the Gel Conference last month.  Gel stands for “good experience live” and it is an enthralling event that brings together innovative thinkers in every area and then has them learn to […]

Do You Remember a Movie About a Witch Who Makes Blueberry Pancakes?

posted by Nell Minow

If you remember seeing a movie in school about a witch who made magical blueberry pancakes, then you must be in your late 30’s or early 40’s. The New York Times has a great piece by Jennifer Mendelsohn about how […]

Smile of the Week: Daniel López’s ‘El Cielo de Canarias’ (Canary Sky)

posted by Nell Minow

Google Exodus

posted by Nell Minow

The story of the Exodus updated for the era of social media!  A blessed Passover to all.  

Live Together — from Nationlight

posted by Nell Minow

From Marc Erlbaum of Nationlight Productions: Anyone following the world news the past couple months is aware that something huge is brewing.  Is it good or bad – that’s not clear quite yet.  But what is clear is that the […]

A Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Space Flight — Filmed from Space

posted by Nell Minow

Fifty years ago today, the USSR’s Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit the earth.  First Orbit. has released a tribute film with archival audio and new footage showing us what he saw, filmed from the space station.  

The Art of the Movie Title Sequence

posted by Nell Minow

A Brief History of Title Design from Ian Albinson on Vimeo. A wonderful salute to movie titles.

Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ — So Bad It’s….A Hit!

posted by Nell Minow

Would-be tween pop star Rebecca Black is having a good news/bad news situation. The good news: her song “Friday” is one of the internet’s most widely distributed and watched videos. She has become an instant celebrity. The bad news: that’s […]

Don’t Play With Bruno; Bruno is a Dweeb

posted by Nell Minow

I was delighted to find this great version of one of my favorite Tom Chapin songs, performed by Steve Charney — very timely with the increased sensitivity to issues of bullying and mean behavior in schools, and a great way […]

Celebrate Tu B’Shvat

posted by Nell Minow

I don’t have an embed code, but you can visit YouTube to see an animated version of a Talmudic story in honor of today’s celebration of the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat that gives thanks for trees and other things […]

Smile of the Week: A Flash Wedding

posted by Nell Minow

Film Your Favorite Newbery Award Winner!

posted by Nell Minow

The Newberry Award is the highest honor awarded to the author of a children’s book and the list of winners includes some classics for every age. James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and the New York Public Library have invited […]

Lesster — The Green Superhero

posted by Nell Minow

I love this short film from Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project about a kid who takes protecting the environment into his own heroic hands. Felicity Huffman directed and stars.

12 Days of Christmas — Straight No Chaser

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Merry Christmas!

posted by Nell Minow

Here is one of my favorite Christmas carols, performed by the King’s Chapel Boys Choir.

The Celtic Women Sing Carol of the Bells

posted by Nell Minow

Hardrock, Cocoa, and Joe and Suzy Snowflake

posted by Nell Minow

If you are of a certain age and grew up in Chicago, these will bring back a lot of memories, back from the days when children’s programming was local. I am always delighted when WGN runs it on Christmas for […]

O Come All Ye Faithful — Andrea Bocelli

posted by Nell Minow

The Christmas Song from Mel Torme and Judy Garland

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O Holy Night by Josh Groban

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The Great Toy Robbery

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Alexander Law for suggesting this animated short from the National Film Board of Canada about a wild (and I do mean wild) west Christmas.

The Movies of 2010

posted by Nell Minow

This is a brilliantly edited compilation of the movies of 2010. How many can you identify?

The Gift Wrapper

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted that this charming film is available again this year. Enjoy!

Happy Hannukah from the Maccabeats

posted by Nell Minow

Adam Sandler’s Hannukah Song

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Hannukah!

Happy Hannukah to Jews All Over the World

posted by Nell Minow

We Gather Together — Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Nell Minow

I am so very thankful to all of you who make it a joy to share our thoughts on movies and more. I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

‘Modern Family’ Flash Mob

posted by Nell Minow

I loved this flash mob dance to En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” on “Modern Family!” And here’s the original video with the fabulous funky divas, En Vogue:

Kids Re-Enact ‘Project Runway’

posted by Nell Minow

I love the series from Babelgum with young children re-enacting reality television — here the kids nail “Project Runway.” I love the micro Tim Gunn and Michael Kors and the kids doing designs with crayons and talking about their aesthetic. […]

Arcade Fire Literally Takes You Home

posted by Nell Minow

Arcade Fire has created an interactive video that will show you a boy running through the street in front of your childhood home (or any other address you type in), created with the help of Google Maps. It is hauntingly […]

Bruno Mars: Just the Way You Are

posted by Nell Minow

I love this charmingly romantic video from Bruno Mars.

Yoko’s 70th Birthday Greeting for John Lennon

posted by Nell Minow

We miss you, John.

Perry Como Sings the Yom Kippur Hymn Kol Nidre

posted by Nell Minow

Jonah and the Whale

posted by Nell Minow

On the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Jews study the story of Jonah and the Whale. The Jewish educational and outreach group AISH says In a certain sense it is very much the story […]

Eid Mub?rak!

posted by Nell Minow

Barbra Sings a Rosh Hashanah Hymn

posted by Nell Minow

Barbra Streisand sings the traditional Rosh Hashanah song, Avinu Malkeinu – Our Father Our King. L’Shana Tova! A sweet new year to all.

Labor Day: Thanks to Workers Everywhere

posted by Nell Minow

A Goofy Teacher

posted by Nell Minow

Happy back to school week!

You Can Watch A Century’s Most Inspirational Moments — on YouTube

posted by Nell Minow

Every family should share these ten moments of courage, dedication, awakening, and inspiration. Thanks to Mashable for putting this together.

What Teachers Make

posted by Nell Minow

Ready for school? My wish for all of you is that when you get there, this is the kind of teacher you find waiting for you. He also makes teachers. Be sure to check out more from the wonderful Taylor […]

‘Soul Bigger’ — A Rosh Hashanah Take on Kanye

posted by Nell Minow

Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” is re-fitted as an adorable salute to the soul-enlarging spiritual renewal of the Jewish New Year, to be celebrated on the evening of Sept 8 this year. Thanks to Slate’s Brow Beat for bringing it to […]

Smile of the Week:

posted by Nell Minow

I love this sly parody of the “Old Spice” commercials. Go libraries!

StoryCorps Moves from Radio to Television

posted by Nell Minow

I love StoryCorps, the wonderful NPR series and podcast that lets Americans tell their own funny, touching, inspiring, tragic, stories of love, work, family, war, school, struggle, heartbreak, and triumph. There are stories about world-changing historic events and stories about […]

Zachary Levi Loses His Soul in ‘Byron Phillips: Found’

posted by Nell Minow

The star of “Chuck” plays a man who loses his soul and finds it living much more happily with someone else in this short film written and directed by actor Joel Moore. Part 2 is below. Byron Phillips: Found Part […]

Smile of the Week: In My Room

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my friend Desson Thomson for recommending this touching version of the Beach Boys classic, sung by Vance Perry with his three sons.

Smile of the Week: Esperanza Spaulding is ‘Overjoyed’

posted by Nell Minow

The glorious Esperanza Spaulding sings “Overjoyed” at the White House tribute to Stevie Wonder. Heaven. And here it is sung by Stevie himself. This is one of my favorite songs, ever.

Hanson is Back — The Summer Song of 2010

posted by Nell Minow

This irresistible summer confection from Hanson (yes, the MMMBop kids are grown up and married with kids of their own) is inspired by a scene from “The Blues Brothers.” Just for fun, take another look at Hanson, circa 1997. I […]

Award-Winning Short: Leave Me

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to the wonderful Grace Wang for suggesting this lovely little film about loss and love, and winner of the 2009 36-Hour ChristianFilmmakers.org contest. Leave Me (3 minute contest winning version) from Daros Films on Vimeo.

Minnesota Girls — Take That, Katy Perry!

posted by Nell Minow

An adorable response to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.”

Happy 4th of July!

posted by Nell Minow

‘Day & Night’

posted by Nell Minow

Pixar began with short films and it still prefaces each of its features with a short that gives them a chance to try something or someone new. That’s the best place to see the up and coming talent who will […]

Smile of the Week: Professor and His Shadow

posted by Nell Minow

I love the gentle trick Biola math professor Matthew Weathers played on his class (with a little help from the University President at the end). If I can just be a movie nerd here for a moment, I’ll point out […]

Happy Birthday Stan Laurel!

posted by Nell Minow

‘Toy Story 3′ creates commercials for Lots-o-Huggin Bear

posted by Nell Minow

The “Toy Story” movie characters have a warm, retro feel. For parents and grandparents, one of the many pleasures of the movies is the evocative memory they bring back of the beloved toys of our own childhoods. Woody, Jessie, and […]

Taps: Origin and Meaning

posted by Nell Minow

On Memorial Day, we honor those who gave “the last full measure of devotion” to protect freedom and democracy. Let us all keep their example in mind as we do our best to live up to the dreams they died […]

Smile of the Week: Muppet Joy!

posted by Nell Minow

The Quay Brothers: The Calligrapher

posted by Nell Minow

Pioneering animators The Quay brothers created this breathtaking short film for the BBC, which rejected it. That just makes it even more fun to watch.

The Origins of Hava Nagilah

posted by Nell Minow

Many of us have danced to Hava Nagilah. But how many of us know where it comes from? Here is a charming excerpt from a forthcoming documentary (featuring the co-creator of “Friends,” Harry Belafonte, and Leonard Nimoy!) that has the […]

Smile of the Week: Surf Dog

posted by Nell Minow

Another one from my mom! This is a story of a dog who could not be what his trainer wanted but was even more than she hoped.

Lady GaGa Inspires the Troops and NPR

posted by Nell Minow

Our troops take a well-deserved break to create a salute to Lady GaGa and her video for “Telephone.” And NPR takes a moment to salute them both. I love the way both videos have such whole-hearted enthusiasm and good humor. […]

Smile of the Week: ‘Werner Herzog’ reads Where’s Waldo?

posted by Nell Minow

The brilliant movie director Werner Herzog (“Grizzly Man,” “Encounters at the End of the World,” “Aguirre: The Wrath of God,” and of course “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe”), here is gently spoofed by an actor for his inclination toward dark […]

Smile of the Week: Tap Dancing!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my friend Bob Elisberg for recommending this sublime video!

Vogue — Glee Style

posted by Nell Minow

A preview of next week’s all-Madonna episode of “Glee” — with Sue Sylvester starring in “Vogue!” One thing I especially love about this show is is agnosticism about music — it makes no distinction between classic rock (“Somebody to Love”), […]

Cracked’s Parody of Oscar-Bait Trailers

posted by Nell Minow

A Trailer for Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever — powered by Cracked.com

Smile of the Week — Video from Ocoee Middle School

posted by Nell Minow

This joyous salute to books and reading is guaranteed to cheer your day. Bravo to the teachers, the administration, the librarians, and most of all the kids at the Ocoee Middle School. Keep reading! Thanks to the wonderful Jennifer Farrington […]

We Are the World: Haiti

posted by Nell Minow

To donate: We are the World Behind the scenes:

Louis James Hates School

posted by Nell Minow

I love this short film based on Bill Morrison’s book about the little boy who tried to get a job without knowing how to read.

Computer-Generated Short

posted by Nell Minow

I like the way this short film makes use of the latest technology (every bit of it is computer-animated with off-the-shelf software) and yet begins with some very old technology. But then, I love both computers and fountain pens. The […]

Happy Birthday Elvis!

posted by Nell Minow

Joy to the World — Manheim Steamroller

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O Holy Night (Celtic Women)

posted by Nell Minow

Chloe Agnew and the Celtic Women perform “O Holy Night.”

Hardrock, Coco, Joe & Suzy Snowflake

posted by Nell Minow

My family is in Chicago, where my husband and I grew up, and we were enchanted to find a tribute to the children’s television shows we loved as kids on WGN last night. In those early days of television, children’s […]

Must be Santa from Bob Dylan

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, that Bob Dylan — it’s on his new Christmas In the Heart.

T’was the Night Before Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Slate’s Tribute to the Worst Christmas Television Specials

posted by Nell Minow

Han Solo hugs Chewbacca? Fat Albert meets a baby in a sort of urban manger? He-Man learns about Christmas from two annoying little kids? But bad Christmas specials can inspire good responses. This is a classic from Tom Shales of […]

Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews

posted by Nell Minow

A wonderful clip from one of the greatest concert specials in television history:

The Gift Wrapper

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted that this charming film is available again this year. Enjoy!

Glee: We All Need Somebody to Lean On

posted by Nell Minow

I love “Glee” and I especially love this great number, a wonderful choice for a week of thanks and family.

‘Idols’ Around the World

posted by Nell Minow

Cynthia Schneider, former US Ambassador to the Netherlands and specialist in international culture, tells the TED audience about the impact of “Idol”-style television programs around the world. We know how winning can transform the lives of the performers. She helps […]

TED’s Compassion Initiative

posted by Nell Minow

In 2008, TED gave its annual award to Karen Armstrong, author of more than 20 books about what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common and their effect on world events. She is a former nun who now calls herself […]

Viral Video Film School/Rotten Tomatoes Show

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a big fan of Current TV’s weekly Rotten Tomatoes Show with Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox. They have smart, funny reviews of each week’s movies with their own take and comments from viewers, looks at what’s coming next, top […]

‘Mad Men’ — Sesame Street Style

posted by Nell Minow

What is That?

posted by Nell Minow

Take a moment to watch this brief film about love and patience. It is worth your time. Thanks to Jeffrey Seglin for bringing this to my attention.

Mary J. Blige sings ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s Mary J. Blige singing the title song from Tyler Perry’s upcoming movie, starring Taraji P. Henson and featuring Blige and Gladys Knight.

Meryl’s accents

posted by Nell Minow

Slate has put together a magnificent compilation of some of Meryl Streep’s best accents but what I think of when I watch this is the astonishing range of the performances behind them. It is almost impossible to imagine that it […]

‘Dirty Dancing’ spoof with Channing Tatum and Charlyne Yi

posted by Nell Minow

The stars of two films opening this week, Channing Tatum of “G.I. Joe” and Charlyne Yi of “Paper Heart” show us their Johnny and Baby, and no one gets put in a corner.

Tripod: Funniest Music Video Ever

posted by Nell Minow

As I take off for Comic-Con, I want to share my all-time favorite comedy video short. Enjoy!

Adorable Music Video from Sour

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my pal Brandon Fibbs for sharing this adorable video from the Japanese pop group Sour. This was filmed entirely with webcams and the participants are Sour fans from around the world. Think of it as a high-tech […]

Web Site Story

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Entertainment Weekly for recommending this very funny update of “West Side Story” for the age of the internet. ]

‘Marry Me’ — Short Film from TropFest

posted by Nell Minow

TropFest is the world’s largest festival for the world’s shortest films. I like this one about a determined little girl who shows persistence, creativity, and courage in getting the attention of the boy she likes.

YouTube Reporters Center

posted by Nell Minow

YouTube has a fascinating new section with top reporters explaining how they get, organize, verify, and tell their stories. Katie Couric explains how to conduct an interview. Bob Woodward talks about investigative journalism. NPR’s Scott Simon talks about how to […]

PS 22 Sings

posted by Nell Minow

In the documentary Young @ Heart, we saw how elderly people singing rock songs gave the music a resonance and power that even its platinum-record-selling originators could not have imagined. And now we see the way that children led their […]

Buffy vs. Edward Cullen!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Jezebel for finding this!

Mole and Fish

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Dana Stevens of Slate for recommending this heartwarming little film:

‘Terminator’ — the Love Song

posted by Nell Minow

I get a kick out of silly parodies like this “Terminator” power ballad.

Taps

posted by Nell Minow

Our deepest gratitude for the honor and sacrifice of all who have served our country.

‘The Story of Stuff’

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times reports that a short animated film called “The Story of Stuff” has become “a sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation.” What I like about the story is the way the unabashed advocacy of the film […]

The Onion: Trekkies on ‘Star Trek’

posted by Nell Minow

The satiric Onion site has a very funny clip about “reviews” of the new movie by the die-hard fans: Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As ‘Fun, Watchable’

‘Cutlass’ — Kate Hudson’s Short Film About Parenting

posted by Nell Minow

Kate Hudson wrote and directed an endearing short film with an all-star cast that is an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Virginia Madsen stars as a mother whose daughter (Dakota Fanning) has a dream that reminds her of […]

Station Dance — Antwerp

posted by Nell Minow

Apparently not only the hills are alive with the sound of music! I love the way the joyousness of this event just takes over the moment for everyone there.

The Viral Video All-Stars

posted by Nell Minow

You Should Have Seen This is the definitive list of the all-time best viral videos, the good, the bad, the very ugly, and of course the Not Safe For Work. Here is one of my favorites from the list, possibly […]

‘Why is it W?’ by the Baby Grands

posted by Nell Minow

The Baby Grands make music for children and their families. The songs are singable and lots of fun. Now they are giving families a chance to make their kids and dogs part of a montage in a new video for […]

Chick Flick Cliches that are NOT in ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’

posted by Nell Minow

Justin Long, Bradley Cooper, and Kevin Connelly, the male stars of “He’s Just Not That Into You,” made a very funny short film explaining to men that it is all right for them to see the movie because it does […]

I Have a Dream (Music Video)

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Black History Month, I am proud to post this wonderful tribute to Martin Luther King from Little Dizzy films. The song was written by Pat Boone the day he heard the news of Martin Luther King Jr’s […]

Walking Across America With Just $217

posted by Nell Minow

Alex Charwick sits down at a table with two microphones and a sign that says “Interviews 50 Cents” and talks to everyday Americans about their lives. The results are enthralling. In this interview, he talks to an Algerian-American man who […]

Windy Day — Short from John and Faith Hubley

posted by Nell Minow

Writing about the original version of “The Electric Company” reminded me of one of my all-time favorite short films by John and Faith Hubley, who later went on to work on the “Letterman” segments of that show. It is the […]

21 Accents with Amy Walker

posted by Nell Minow

Actress Amy Walker’s astonishing virtuosity with accents is on display in this popular YouTube clip. Can you guess which one is her real native-born accent?

The Sources of ‘Put a Ring on It’

posted by Nell Minow

The Steady Diet of Film blog has a brilliant analysis of the sources for Beyoncé’s hit video, “Put a Ring on It.” It is not just wise and witty, it is an entertaining glimpse into the combination of mash-ups, wikis, […]

Swingin’ Dreidel

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Hannukah!

Menorah Parades

posted by Nell Minow

I am charmed by this recent and fast-spreading Hannukah tradition, the menorah parade. Here’s one with firetrucks!

Adam Sandler’s Hannukah Song

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Hannukah!

Stairway to Heaven — on the iPhone ‘Ocarina’

posted by Nell Minow

Spirit-Lifting Short Films from Spirit Clips

posted by Nell Minow

A new website is assembling beautifully produced short films to touch the heart and inspire the spirit. Spirit Clips was created by Oscar-winning producer Rob Fried (“Rudy”) to create unique high-quality content and an online community dedicated to sharing inspirational […]

Star Trek ‘Training Film’ (and the Trailer for the new one!)

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable film was made on the Bryan O’Connell family’s visit to Universal Studios and posted on YouTube: And be sure to check out the new trailer for the J.J. Abrams 2009 “Star Trek” movie.

Happy Birthday Mickey!

posted by Nell Minow

My very favorite cartoon character turns 80 today. Happy birthday, Mickey!

John Williams A Capella

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Jeannette Catsoulis for sending me this adorable salute to composer John Williams:

Charter for Compassion: Films to Change the World

posted by Nell Minow

Please take a moment to watch the short films from Charter for Compassion, a group founded on the golden rule that links all religions. And then add your thoughts on their list of the eight core elements of compassion.

Hanks, Tom Hanks

posted by Nell Minow

A funny faux trailer with Tom Hanks as James Bond:

Lip Dubs

posted by Nell Minow

As usual, I only find out about something after it has passed from cool and edgy to “so yesterday,” but I think lip dubs are adorable, my favorite viral video project since the complaints choirs. These are short videos made […]

Video Your Vote

posted by Nell Minow

No matter which candidate you support, it is impossible not to be deeply moved and inspired by the videos posted by citizen journalists across the country showing us America at the polls. The breadth of this great country and the […]

Home Movie Day

posted by Nell Minow

Home Movie Day is October 18, and everyone from Martin Scorsese to John Waters is urging all of us to participate. The Center for Home Movies collects, preserves, provides access to, and promotes understanding of home movies and amateur motion […]

Thank You

posted by Nell Minow

The two most powerful words I know are “thank you.” A simple statement of acknowledgment and gratitude transforms the person who says it as well as the person who hears it. If every one of us just added five “Thank […]

The Candidates Atone (Fiction, of Course)

posted by Nell Minow

Eid Hymn

posted by Nell Minow

Best wishes for our Muslim friends on this holy celebration.

Left and Right/Us and Them

posted by Nell Minow

Whatever part of the political spectrum you are on, whatever you think about those on other points, you will think differently after you watch this provocative clip from TED Talks, featuring social psychologist Jonathan Haidt:

Radio Ladio

posted by Nell Minow

My daughter showed me this adorable video from a British group called Metronomy. It shows how much can be accomplished with a little imagination and some colorful make-up.

The Art Form of TV Opening Credits

posted by Nell Minow

Newsweek’s tribute to the opening credits of the new HBO series “True Blood” reminded me of the good old days when television show theme songs and opening credits were as much fun as the shows. The “Dick Van Dyke” show […]

Film Ephemera

posted by Nell Minow

The AV Geeks have an amazing archive of “film ephemera,” of over 20,000 little odds and ends (mostly odds) that have been retrieved from warehouses, garbage dumps, and thrift shops. It’s like seeing our culture through the eyes of an […]

ABBA on video (with a surprise guest appearance)

posted by Nell Minow

“Mamma Mia” is a good reason (as if we need one) to revisit some ABBA classics featured in the movie: Take a Chance on Me Gimme Gimme Gimme Money Money Money All of ABBA’s promotional clips like these were directed […]

Dr. Horrible — This Weekend Only!

posted by Nell Minow

Until midnight tomorrow you can watch a new three-act musical from Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly”) online. It is the story of Dr. Horrible (a sensational Neil Patrick Harris) and his nemesis, the very manly Captain Hammer (Nathan […]

Kavanah Productions:

posted by Nell Minow

Kavanah is a documentary production company dedicated to creating films on Jewish themes to be used in educational settings. It was established by Lauren Shweder Biel, a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at New York University. The word “kavanah” means “intention,” […]

Shorts: Where is Matt Dancing Today?

posted by Nell Minow

In 2006, a semi-slacker named Matt traveled around the world doing what he referred to as his dance. While he acknowledged that this is the only dance he can do and he does it badly, even that is probably saying […]

Quiz: Movie countdown

posted by Nell Minow

This is an astonishing compilation of 100 movie clips — all from well-known films — counting down the numbers from 100-1. How many of these films can you name?

Schoolhouse Rock

posted by Nell Minow

Just after the Children’s Television Workshop realized that if children could memorize advertising jingles they could learn the alphabet and numbers and other important lessons through lively short films for PBS, a group of advertisers and educators got together to […]

Indie films on YouTube

posted by Nell Minow

YouTube has set up a new site for independent film-makers, a curated collection of the very best films you are unlikely to find in theaters or on television, shown in an upgraded High Quality viewing system. Check it out to […]

The Real High School Musical

posted by Nell Minow

Salon’s Mark Schone wrote the most purely delightful article about finding clips of high school productions of Broadway musicals on You Tube. It includes everything from a German production of “West Side Story” to an Oklahoma production of…”Oklahoma.” The clips […]

Daddies on YouTube (Soulja Boy)

posted by Nell Minow

Every so often a dance comes along that is just tricky enough to take a little practice but with individual steps simple enough that anyone can do it. Think “Macarena.” Soulja Boy’s eponymous song and dance is in that category […]

Clips from “The Sword in the Stone”

posted by Nell Minow

I am so happy that Disney is releasing “The Sword in the Stone” on DVD! It is the story of young King Arthur, a medieval page who learns he is the true king of England. The wizard Merlin teaches him […]

Pangea Day — sharing stories worldwide

posted by Nell Minow

The fist Pangea Day was every bit as heart-warming, inspiring, and thrilling as I had hoped. I was privileged to participate at the Epicenter Church, a new Christian Faith Community located in Rosslyn, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from […]

Golden Trailer Awards

posted by Nell Minow

For the first time this year, the awards ceremony for the industry that makes movie trailers was broadcast on television. Trailers are their own art form — sometimes more entertaining than the movie. This year’s winners included: 300 The Science […]

Astaire and Rogers: La Belle, La Perfectly Swell Romance

posted by Nell Minow

They said she gave him sex and he gave her class. In eight heavenly movies from the 1930’s at RKO Studios and then with one more — their only one in color — at MGM, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers […]

Can a movie change the world? Pangea Day Wants to Try.

posted by Nell Minow

Pangea Day is an ambitious effort to bring the entire world together in one conversation about connection and unity through the power of film. On May 10, for four hours, people all over the world will gather to share their […]

And the good sportsmanship award goes to…Chicago newspapers!

posted by Nell Minow

Chicagoans are furious about the plans of new Chicago Tribune owner Sam Zell to sell the naming rights to Chicago’s hallowed ground, Wrigley Field. The Chicago Sun-Times had a video competition for those who wanted to object, and the winner […]

Michel Gondry “Swedes” his own trailer

posted by Nell Minow

In Michel Gondry’s delightful new film, “Be Kind Rewind,” an entire video store filled with tapes is erased and Mos Def and Jack Black recreate the films themselves, dubbing the process of making their versions “sweding.” Here is the original […]

Top Picks: Yo Gabba Gabba

posted by Nell Minow

Is there a more adorable television show ever than Nick Jr.’s “Yo Gabba Gabba?” I love this mash-up of movie star, viral pioneer “Numa Numa,” and good old-fashioned silly dance fun.

Short: A Valentine’s Day Romance in Reverse

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to SlateV for sharing this charming short film about finding the only person in the world who sees things just the way you do:

J.J. Abrams: “Sometimes Mystery is More Important than Knowledge”

posted by Nell Minow

At Ted Talks, J.J. Abrams spoke about his lifelong love of mystery because of its “infinite possibility and a sense of potential” and how that passion influences his creation of stories like Lost and the upcoming movie “Cloverfield.” And here […]

Video: Straight No Chaser Rocks Christmas Carols

posted by Nell Minow

While the writers are on strike

posted by Nell Minow

John F. Kennedy once advised, “Never pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrel.” He meant that you cannot win an argument with people who publish newspapers and have all the ink, paper, and readers to make […]

The Most Heartwarming and Inspiring Film of the Holiday Season

posted by Nell Minow

Filmmaker Jennifer Crandall has created a charming series of short autobiographical videos featuring everyday people talking about their lives, experiences, and lessons learned. Participants of all ages and backgrounds have spoken about friends, families, vocations and avocations. Participants have included […]

Best Video Clips: Singing complaints

posted by Nell Minow

Two hilarious You Tube hits put complaints to music. Complaints Choirs started in Birmingham, England and are popping up all over the world. Here, the Helsinki Complaints Choir combines the universal and the very particular in a hilarious and harmonic […]

Roving Mars

posted by jmiller
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated G
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2006
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated G
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2006

Imagine standing in Los Angeles, trying to shoot a basketball all the way to New York, where it must hit the basket without touching the hoop. That’s the magnitude of the challenge faced by NASA scientists and engineers in trying […]

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