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The Greatest Television Commercial Ever

Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 in Blog, Movie Reviews, Video 1 | 0 comments

 

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A reunion may take the most unexpected turn in a way we least expect it.

 

Usually, around this time, I attend a showing of all the Oscar-nominated short films of that year held at a local movie theater.  It’s fantastic.  I’ve done this for the last five years or so, which means I’ve been fortunate to see many short movies that aren’t widely shown to mass audiences.  Some of these amazing films last only a few minutes.

HERE’S MY REVIEW OF ONE OF THE SHOWINGS

My takeaway from this exposure is the recognition it’s a much tougher challenge to tell a story and make it compelling in just a few minutes of screen time.  Sure, a two-hour movie with a big budget has an unlimited range of possibilities.  But try and make the audience smile and cry in just 90 seconds.

What you’re about to see is likely to do precisely that.

The following short video was a public service announcement from Argentina released in 2015.  Please watch.  Even if you’ve seen this before, a reminder is always good.  I promise it’s well worth your time and will melt your heart as it melted mine.  The purpose of the ad campaign to create greater awareness comes as a surprise and is revealed at the conclusion.

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Video: Happy Hour with Al Mancini (Food Critic–Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Posted by on Feb 11, 2021 in Blog, Facing the Firing Squad, Las Vegas, Video 1 | 0 comments

 

Al Mancini

 

Nolan Dalla hosts “Happy Hour,” a talk show on Zoom with guest Al Mancini, the food and restaurant critic for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

HAPPY HOUR: NOLAN DALLA (HOST) with AL MANCINI (GUEST)

THE LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT SCENE AND TRENDS IN FOOD CULTURE with AL MANCINI, RESTAURANT CRITIC AND FOOD WRITER FOR THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Topics:

1. LIFE AS A RESTAURANT REVIEWER AND FOOD CRITIC
2. CURRENT TRENDS IN RESTAURANTS AND FOOD
3. MANCINI’S LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS

Best pizza, best steakhouse, best burger? It’s all open for discussion.

LINK HERE:

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Yesterday and Today: The Beatles at Washington Coliseum

Posted by on Feb 11, 2021 in Blog, Music and Concert Reviews | 1 comment

 

Washington Coliseum aka Uline Arena

57 years ago today, the Beatles played their first live concert in America.  On the night of February 11, 1964 music and popular culture changed forever.  Some 20 years after that historic event, I made a pilgrimage to the site of that first concert, and 50 years later (in 2014) I wrote about this realization that time never stands still.  Here’s my remembrance of Washington Coliseum, within walking distance of Union Station.

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