Category Archives: Video

Cute Video of the Day, 16 October 2017 — The Duchess and the Dancing Bear

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are Patrons of the more than over 30 charitable organisations that make up The Charities Forum.

On Monday, they stopped by Paddington Station to wish bon voyage to 130 children who have been helped by several of those charities. The children, and some of their parents, were off to spend a day in the country. Before their train departed, the Royals spent about 45 minutes meeting the group.

Paddington Station may be best known to children for its connection to the Paddington Bear, and, sure enough, he made an appearance. (He was probably in town for a film shoot, since the movie Paddington 2 will be released in the UK in early January 2018.) Hugh Bonneville and several other members of the cast were also in attendance.*


*It has always been my theory that, at any given time, there are only about 100 actors working in the UK, and that they’re all in everything.

The cast of Paddington 2  includes Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw (as the voice of the Bear), Michael Gambon, Hugh Grant, Richard Ayoade, Jim Broadbent, Joanna Lumley, Peter Capaldi, Imelda Staunton, and Tom Conti.

Case closed.

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Stranger Things 2 — Final Trailer

But first, the teaser for the trailer:

It’s Halloween, 1984, and all is not well in Hawkins, Indiana. The kids are still in trouble, a big ugly monster with a lot of tentacles is creeping around, and Wynona Ryder is freaking out again. It’s almost time for Stranger Things 2.

The conventional wisdom is that the sequel is never as good as the original, but there are exceptions to the rule. There are arguments to be made, for instance, that The Godfather Part II, Aliens, and The Empire Strikes Back improve on their predecessors.

Stranger Things, Netflix’s homage to the Steven Spielberg/Stephen King version of the 1980s, was the big television hit of the summer of 2017, and one of the most talked-about media events of the year.

In two weeks, we’ll see if lightning can strike twice in the same place. (Hint: It can.)

On Friday, 27 October 2018, Netflix will make all the episodes of Stranger Things 2 available for streaming.


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Cute Video of the Day, 7 October 2017 — “They Do It with Mirrors”

I suppose the video itself could better be described as “clever” than “cute,” but it merits a place here because both those adjectives describe the video’s creator, Kevin Perry.

I like mirrors

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“Cute Video of the Day” is an occasional feature on this blog. It includes an alarming number of videos that show children falling down.

“David Bowie is” Coming to the US!

This makes me very, very happy.

“David Bowie is”, an exhibition that originated at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013, will be installed at the Brooklyn Museum next year. It will be the last stop on a long journey.

After the original blockbuster show at the V&A, “David Bowie is” went on tour, visiting 10 cities on five continents. Along the way, it became the most popular exhibition in the museum’s 165-year history, attracting 1.8 million attendees so far.

I saw it in Toronto, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, on the first stop of the tour. You can read my rapturous reaction here, along with a description of some of the items on display. A quick summary: It was one of the most brilliantly staged and mounted museum exhibitions I’ve ever seen.

Here’s perhaps the highest compliment I can give to “David Bowie is”: It’s worthy of Bowie himself.

“David Bowie is” will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum from 2 March 2018 through 15 July 2018.

Lady Bird — First Trailer

Lady Bird, the writing and directorial début of Greta Gerwig, looks like great fun.

Saoirse Ronan, late of Brooklyn, plays “Lady Bird,” a character based on Gerwig’s own younger persona. Laurie Metcalf, coming off a Tony Award Best Actress win for A Doll’s House, Part 2. reportedly steals the show as her mother.

Supporting are Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, who’s certainly having A Year.

The film is scheduled for a 10 November 2017 release.

 

Cute Video of the Day, 28 September 2017 — Lèse-Majesté Edition

Everybody’s Favourite Royal can’t even watch the Invictus Games without some pesky commoner trying to steal his stuff.

Prince Harry handles the matter with his usual grace and charm.


“Cute Video of the Day” is an occasional feature on this blog. It includes an alarming number of videos that show children falling down.