Reviews by Steve Amick
Is some of this truly ska? Isn't it really reggae but they had a dozen volumes to fill?
One is supposed to enjoy this because it's the great Carl Sandburg, but holy cow, is this a lot of spontaneously generated nonsense.
There are a few of these now at the library and I wish they were more clearly packaged as a series. My son, who has never seen these movies, likes listening to them and can imagine the action, based on the track title and the pieces itself. I like using them for mood while writing. Great stuff.
...I would have watched it much sooner. The high-caliber cast really steps up their game around each other--you can't go wrong with Bobby Cannavale. It's heartwarming and all that, but not without realism and unexpected, believable moments at every turn. Very good. This is the kind of movie where I wish about half way through I'd woken my wife and started it over.
And I was just thinking how less pleasant it would be if this series were titled "In Vitriol." Totally different. ... The 2nd track, with the baby deer sneaking into the swimming pool at night, is rather haunting. I hope no deer were drowned in the making of this. It's title means "The Poetry of Flowers," in Portuguese, but I think that's because "Baby Der Sneaking into the Pool" doesn't sound like a song. (That would be "Cervos do bebê esgueirar-se para a piscina," if you're playing along at home.)