THE BYE BYE MAN

Three college students, Elliot and John who were childhood friends, and Elliot’s girlfriend Sasha, rent a creepy old house off campus. Yes, a murder had been committed in this house many years before. In the drawer of a night table stored in the basement, they discover a paper with writing that repeats the words (around the entire page) “Don’t Say it; Don’t Think It”. Hidden beneath the paper is a scratched-out drawing of “IT” – The Bye Bye Man. With the power of this evil now released, the three friends must combat extreme paranoia and vivid hallucinations (or realities?)

ART, BOOKS, MUSIC, PARTIES

Episode 64 of Alive on South Beach features Art Basel|Miami Beach; Jazz Stylist Nicole Henry; Brit Week; Miami Book Fair authors who talk about magic mushrooms and religion, and another author who talks about the exciting life of a celebrity bodyguard.

JACKIE

JACKIE (Natalie Portman) was portrayed as a chain-smoking, controlling, self-preserving manipulator who, interspersed with heart-breaking grief and trauma over her personal loss, was determined to choreograph her husband’s funeral so that his legacy and her image would remain the Camelot version the Country had entitled the young, beautiful First Family.

PASSENGERS

The Starship Avalon is on a voyage transporting over 5,000 colonists to Homestead II, a planet so far from Earth the journey takes 120 years. The colonists are placed into hibernation for the journey, but a malfunction wakes up a passenger, mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), 90 years early.

COLLATERAL BEAUTY

COLLATERAL BEAUTY made an impression on us. Without giving away the story, which had several layers subtly crafted together so that the ending was thought provoking and inspirational, I was touched by all the characters, each, individually, needing to confront LOVE , TIME or DEATH.

WHITING OUT

She still wore a white man-tailored shirt with a man’s black tie, although her face now was visibly older and her un-styled, uncombed stringy black hair had turned grungy gray. “Good for her,” I thought, with admiration. She remained true to herself and did not give a damn about impressing the kings and queens and crowned princes and princesses sitting in the first few rows of the enormous concert hall in Stockholm Sweden.

LA LA LAND

LaLa Land starts off with an over the top theatrical number (dance and song) on the Los Angeles freeway. Then it becomes a jukebox musical that tells a story.

SOUTH BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL

1st ANNUAL SOUTH BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL - Each musical performance will showcase the artistry of at least one person with a disability. The sheer talent of the artists will promote the festival’s dual goal, to entertain, and to define others by ability rather than disability.

PSYCHEDELIC GOSPELS

Throughout medieval Christianity, religious works of art emerged to illustrate the teachings of the Bible. Much of the artwork and icons have images of psychoactive mushrooms and plants. Using this visual evidence to document the role of visionary plants in Christianity,“The Psychedelic Gospels" reveals that Christianity may indeed have had a psychedelic history.

MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL GEMS

Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival is in March (2017), however we attended the pre-Festival unveiling of the 34th edition official poster by Argentinian designer, photographer and graphic artist Juan Gatti, founder of Gatti Studios in Madrid. This event, which also featured Gatti’s most iconic credit sequence designs, “Juan Gatti Work Throughout the Years” was the kickoff for Miami Film Festival’s GEMS.

THE ACCOUNTANT

THE ACCOUNTANT starts off as a story about a family torn apart by how to treat the violent tantrums of their younger son – Christian “Chris” Wolff who is autistic. Chris grows up to be an Accountant. As a mathematical savant, he uses his genius to cook the books of criminal organizations ... and the story then becomes a mystery thriller.

DEEPWATER HORIZON

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling rig; 200 million gallons of oil spilled into U.S. waters. Eleven (11) oil rig workers lost their lives in the explosion; another 17 were injured. More than 8,000 animals died.

WHISTLEBLOWERS

With the movie "SNOWDEN" (about Edward Snowden) recently released, and Julian Assange threatening to publish more secrets on WikiLeaks, my friend and I got into talking about the various degrees of whistleblowing and the categories they fall into, such as provocateurs, agents and activists. With the "Freedom of Information Act" the question of "what is acceptable and what is traitorous?" is a hot topic.

SULLY

No matter how wonderful, honorable or heroic your actions are, and regardless of the successful results achieved by your deeds, there are always those who attempt to minimize, sully, or destroy your name and your glory – even if you are Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

LIGHTS OUT

  Background: Sophie – the mother – is mentally ill, with manic and delusional episodes. Her young son Martin lives with her and her second husband Paul. Her older daughter Rebecca, from Sophie’s...

Absolutely Fabulous the Movie

Absolutely Fabulous the Movie picks up where the series left off, following the exploits of Edina "Eddy" Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), a pair of "once" high-powered career women on the London fashion scene.

INDIGNATION

A brilliant but socially naive Jewish boy from New Jersey goes to college in 1951 Ohio on a scholarship that enables him to avoid serving in the Korean War. A typical Philip Roth depiction of angst, coming of age, conflict, integrity and sex.

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE begins with a flashback to the last day of high school. Morbidly obese, free-spirited, dancing Robbie is pulled from the gym showers by a group of his bully classmates. He is dragged...

NOW YOU SEE ME 2

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 starts with the FOUR HORSEMEN fleeing from a stage show and finding themselves in Macau, China where this devious tech wizard Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) forces them to steal a powerful chip that can control all of the world's computers.

Me Before You

Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) was a wealthy, athletic, handsome, smart, young banker totally enjoying his life and girlfriend when one rainy day he was hit by a motorcycle and became a quadriplegic. Two years later, wheelchair bound, an aid caring for all his physical needs, his girlfriend now marrying his one-time close friend, in constant physical pain, in and out of the hospital with pneumonia, Will wants to end his life of suffering.