When a former comedy writer for David Letterman “retires” at the age of 28, he moves to a Florida senior community and finds retired life more complicated than he had expected. Rodney Rothman’s experiment, Early Bird, is light and funny, yet unnerving, as it intimately exposes his new friends’ lifestyles.
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Stop one incompetent bank robber, and everyone thinks you’re a hero. Then Ed receives an Ace of Diamonds with three addresses written on it. Why? I Am the Messenger is the unusual story of a likable slacker who tries saving the day one mysterious playing card at a time.
Phase IV was the celebrated graphic designer Saul Bass’ lone film as a director, a cerebral and visually assured science fiction exercise depicting an ordinary ant colony unnervingly transformed into a genuinely alien intelligence.
The love of jazz is woven through Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The story of a Japanese girl and a Chinese boy’s secret friendship during Seattle’s WWII Japanese relocation process is told from a modern, older man’s perspective as well as through his memories.
In a high-energy recording that doesn’t shy away from frank emotion, the three sisters of BarlowGirl challenge anyone who equates songs of faith with weak mediocrity. Love & War offers driving rock, soaring ballad, and buoyant pop, all with unwavering conviction. Uplifting? Absolutely. Boring? Not a chance.