Freeline Media Review: The “It’s a Wonderful Life” revival

The Hollywood classic "It's a Wonderful Life' is a lot more relevant to today's world than some people might think.

The Hollywood classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a lot more relevant to today’s world than some people might think.


There’s no small irony in the fact that when the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” premiered on Dec. 20, 1946, it drew mixed reviews, did not do particularly well at the box office, and would lose the Best Picture Academy Award to “The Best Years of Our Lives.” That, in Hollywood’s view, is a movie slated to quickly be forgotten.
Of course, that’s not at all what happened, and the movie’s current status as one of the greatest films of all time (it was preserved in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress) owes much to the fact that the movie became a staple on television around Christmas time starting in the 1970s. The movie got a second life, and today, with so many cable channels available, it’s impossible not to find it playing numerous times this month – as I discovered several nights ago. Lying on my couch flicking channels, I came to the RKO Motion Pictures logo, and then the start of the movie. I put down the remote and started watching a movie I had seen countless times in the past decades, and wondered if it truly would hold up. Continue reading

Freeline Media Review: “The Nutcracker”

The Orlando Ballet is now performing its annual version of "The Nutcracker" at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. (Photo by R.T. Robeson).

The Orlando Ballet is now performing its annual version of “The Nutcracker” at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. (Photo by R.T. Robeson).

ORLANDO –One of the things that makes Christmas time so absolutely magical for children is, no doubt, the wondrous way that reality mixes so sublimely with fantasy. For several weeks around the Christmas season, it’s all about the fantasies coming to life.
What child hasn’t wanted so desperately to stay up all night, and wait to see Santa arrive with a bag filled with toys, or managing the sheer excitement of finding out if one of the gifts in there is that special toy they so badly wanted more than anything else this year … only to fall asleep in their parents’ arms and be carried off to bed, then to wake up the next morning and find that yes, indeed, there are boxes and boxes of gifts placed under the Christmas tree in the living room. Continue reading

Rock Hard Bods on the way to The Abbey

The Rock Hard Revue of muscle bodies is coming to The Abbey next month.

The Rock Hard Revue of muscle bodies is coming to The Abbey next month.

ORLANDO — For years, local clubs and performance centers have been promoting those two words, Hard Rock, to draw in a crowd that loves to hear full-volume guitars blasting heavy metal noise.
Now, to promote an upcoming event, The Abbey in downtown Orlando is reversing those words, but the theater’s promotion of Rock Hard has nothing to do with musicians.
“Rock Hard Revue” is all about the men, it’s all about muscular bodies, and it’s all about watching the guys peeling off their shirts and pants while on stage.
The show makes its debut on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Abbey, with doors opening at 8 p.m., and the show starting at 9. But it’s not quite the same thing as what you might catch at a gay strip club.
This is a 90-minute, fully-costumed show that also happens to be an elaborately choreographed production. It’s about more than just a look at how artfully the guys can unbutton their shirts, since those male performers will be handling live vocals and employing plenty of audience participation to bring the show to life. Continue reading

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