Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me Is A Moving Tribute To One Of Music’s Greats

Courtesy: Virgil Films

Courtesy: Virgil Films

Four years ago country music legend Glen Campbell made one of the most difficult announcements of his career if not the single most difficult. The announcement in question was that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Those that know someone with Alzheimer’s or that have known someone with Alzheimer’s know the emotional pain that comes with such an announcement. Knowing that there is no cure for the disease, Campbell decided that he would not go quietly into that good night. Rather, he wanted to go out with a bang before the disease took control of his mind. He went on from there to release one final album and embark on a farewell tour to thank his fans for their years of support. Now thanks to Virgil Films Campbell’s fans can relive that final tour and everything that came with it in the form of the tour documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. The main reason that this is such a standout documentary is that it isn’t presented like every other tour documentary out there. Rather it is presented more as a tribute to the life and legacy of one of the music industry’s titans. That is just one reason that audiences will find it so compelling. The interviews with Campbell’s counterparts throughout the entertainment industry make the documentary even more intriguing. It isn’t just because his counterparts come from so many different realms of the industry either. The surprising reveal of each celebrity interviewee’s link to Campbell makes the program in whole even more powerful. The final reason that viewers and fans alike will find this presentation so touching and powerful is its editing. The editing is spotless from beginning to end, making for an emotional impact that will move even the strongest person emotionally speaking. It is thanks to the work of those that edited the documentary and prepared it for its release that the interviews and collective footage presented here is so powerful. It brings everything full circle and proves famed Chicago Sun Times writer/critic Richard Roeper completely right in his sentiment that Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me is “one of the most remarkable documentaries in recent years” and that “You do not want to miss this movie.”

Every year, there is any number of new music documentaries distributed to stores and online outlets for viewers to choose from. The problem is that most of those documentaries are little more than space fillers used as to hold fans and fulfill contractual obligations with record labels. Luckily though, for all of those poorly put together pieces, there are the occasional diamonds in the rough that manage to somehow shine through. Virgil Films’ new documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me is one of those diamonds in the rough. This presentation is not just another run of the mill tour documentary. It is a tour documentary. But it is more than that. It is a tribute to the life and legacy of one of the music industry’s titans. That is the central reason for its success. While it does follow Campbell on his final nationwide tour, it offers audiences more than just a presentation following Campbell on said tour. It also follows Campbell off of the road. Viewers get to follow Campbell and his wife as they check in with the doctor to find out how much the disease has progressed. They also get to follow Campbell as he tries to face the reality of his diagnosis within his daily life. What audiences get here is the picture of a brave man; a man who refuses to just give up and give in. Rather, as viewers will see, he chooses to face it head on with a smile and all of the laughs and love that he can give. This includes some of the most difficult times as the disease progresses. The end result of the presentation will have viewers (including even the strongest viewers) both laughing and crying throughout. By the program’s end, viewers will agree that Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me is not just another tour documentary. It is a powerful, moving tribute to a legend that will potentially inspire others with family and friends suffering from that terrible disease.

The overall presentation of Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me makes the documentary stand out head and shoulders above every other music documentary that has been released so far this year. That is because it isn’t just a run of the mill tour documentary churned out to satisfy some label’s contractual obligations. It is a tribute to the life and legacy of a great talent. It’s just one reason that this presentation is such a memorable and moving work. The interviews with Campbell’s family, friends, and counterparts across the entertainment industry make the documentary even more powerful. The interviews in question are with Campbell’s family, friends, and counterparts throughout the entertainment industry. Those counterparts include well-known figures from the country music world such as Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban as well as some of the rock world’s biggest names including: Bruce Springsteen, Chad Smith, and The Edge among others. Even former President Bill Clinton gets some face time along with famed actor/comedian Steve Martin and other well-known figures from the realms of television and movies. The list of people interviewed throughout the program is within itself plenty of reason to watch the documentary. But it is what the interviewees have to say of Campbell that makes each individual’s discussion so important to the whole of the documentary. Every one of the feature’s interviewees speaks with such reverence for him. They also speak with an increasingly noticeable emotion. The reason for that emotion is revealed in the program’s final minutes. Not to ruin it for anyone but it is revealed that the individuals interviewed for the documentary each had a connection to somebody that was either suffering from Alzheimer’s or that had suffered. So it makes sense that they would each get somewhat choked up in discussing the topic as it related to Campbell. It just brought up memories of their own friends and families. It is that heartfelt emotion displayed by each of the interviewees that really makes each separate segment so powerful. In turn, each of the segments combined makes the presentation in whole that much more moving for viewers.

The interviews collected for Virgil Films’ new Glen Campbell documentary are extremely moving to say the very least. They are so moving not because they feature some of the biggest names from the entertainment world and that of politics, but because of the heartfelt sentiment shared by each individual in discussion what Glen Campbell means to them and how his condition relates to them personally. They, along with everything else presented in this documentary, paint a picture that every person should see regardless of their familiarity with Glen Campbell the man and the musician. Of course without the work of those charged with editing and assembling the presentation ahead of its release, none of that would matter. It is the work of those individuals that rounds out the reasons that audiences will so appreciate this work. Their efforts present Campbell as a strong yet still fragile individual. The footage of Campbell in his childhood set against that of him as an adult, raising his family adds even more of an emotional impact to the overall presentation. Seeing Campbell slowly begin to struggle through his tour yet still fight through it and put on the best show that he can ups that emotional impact even more. Add in the expert balance of each element from beginning to end and viewers will find themselves not wanting to turn off the movie. Like a really good book or any other really good movie, the work of the editors makes this presentation’s near two-hour run time pass by with ease. Viewers won’t realize at all just how much time has passed by the time the movie has ended. They will also find themselves moved possibly deeper than they ever had by any fictional feature released in recent memory. In coming to such realization, audiences will agree that those charged with editing this documentary have succeeded to the highest degree in their jobs and have in turn helped craft what is one of the best music documentaries to be released in many years; a documentary that every viewer should see regardless of their familiarity with Campbell’s body of work.

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me is one of the best music/tour documentaries to be released in recent memory. The work of the movie’s editors coupled with its interviews and the overall approach to the presentation make it a presentation that every viewer should see regardless of their familiarity with Campbell’s body of work. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct from Virgil Films’ online store at http://www.virgilfilmsent.com/store/product.php?pid=716. More information on this and other titles from Virgil Films is available online now at:

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Pandas: The Journey Home Is A Journey That Every Animal Lover And Documentary Fan Will Want To Take

Courtesy:  National Geographic Films/Virgil Films

Courtesy: National Geographic Films/Virgil Films

There was big news from the animal world recently as a giant panda named Kelin became a mother for the first time. The seven-year old panda, who had been artificially inseminated, gave birth to twin female cubs at a breeding center in Chengdu, in Southwest China. The news is so big because of the rarity of twin panda births. With the happy news being announced this week it would seem a fitting time to take a look at the newly released panda-centric documentary Pandas: The Journey Home. The documentary, which was recently released by National Geographic and Virgil Films, examines the efforts of workers at China’s Wolong Panda Center to raise and protect pandas. The program boasts a number of positives; positives that collectively show it to be both an invaluable tool for teachers and an enjoyable watch for even the most casual nature lover. The main way in which it shows this is through its central presentation. It doesn’t try to be just another wildlife program nor is it just another run-of-the-mill activist piece either. Rather it is a hybrid of both genres. The end result of that mix is a presentation that will move viewers both to laugh and cry. That sounds like a line right out of a movie promotion, yes. But in the case of this program, it is actually a fitting description. On a related note, the program’s cinematography is just as stunning. Audiences will see the pandas as they are raised in the mountains of China’s Sichuan Province. The footage that was captured and presented here is within itself plenty of reason for audiences to check out this documentary. Last but hardly least of note here is the program’s collective run time and pacing. It runs roughly forty minutes total. That is not very long. None of that time is wasted. Nor does it leave viewers feeling left behind and confused at any point. The resultant effect is that audiences will be better able to appreciate the program’s camerawork and the information shared throughout its run time. The end result of all of this is the realization that Pandas: The Journey Home is a documentary that any nature lover and animal lover should see at least once.

Pandas: The Journey Home is a documentary that every nature lover and animal lover should see at least once. For that matter it is a presentation that any fan of documentaries should see at least once. The main reason for this is its writing. The work of those charged with its writing composed it in such a way that it comes across as neither a standard wildlife nor an activist piece either. Rather it comes across as a hybrid of both. Being that it does, it will move viewers both to laughter and to tears throughout the course of its forty-minute run time. It will also teach audiences quite a bit without actually necessarily being a straight forward educational program. For instance, viewers will learn as the program progresses that female pandas are only fertile for roughly three to four days in their fertile periods. Audiences will also learn the shocking statistic of how few pandas currently live on their own in the wild today. That number alone will in itself be enough to keep viewers engaged, almost wanting to cheer for those working to return pandas to the wild in hopes of one day turning things around for pandas, increasing their numbers in the wild. These are a couple of pieces of information included in the presentation that will have audiences watching and thinking all at the same time. There is much more of course that audiences will learn on their own when they purchase the program for themselves. Whether for the noted fact and figures presented here or for the other in-depth information shared throughout, the material in whole shows the importance of the writing in the enjoyment and success of Pandas: The Journey Home. It is only part of what makes the program worth the watch, too. The work of the documentary’s cinematographer(s) adds even more enjoyment to it.

The information shared throughout the course Pandas: The Journey Home makes this presentation well worth the watch by itself. Of course on its own it can only go so far in keeping audiences engaged. That is where the show’s cinematography comes into play. The work of those behind the lens in this documentary is exceptional in its own right. Audiences get stunning views of the mountains in which the panda center resides and of the panda center itself throughout the course of the show. The footage isn’t just formulaic by any means at any point, either. There are aerial shots of the mountains, topped by low-hanging fog and clouds, river flowing below at their bases. There are also shots from ground level of the forests that populate the mountains. The view of the forests from ground level set against the raging river makes for even more “oomph.” On a related note, the footage of the panda center is just as interesting. Audiences don’t just get the standard exterior shots. They also get a first-hand look at the operations of the panda center from caring for the newborn cubs and playing with them as they grow to taking the cubs into the wild and preparing them for their lives on their own outside of the center’s walls. Those charged with capturing the whole thing on camera are to be highly for their work. As audiences will see for themselves, the whole of their filming will move viewers to awe. It collectively makes for yet another way in which Pandas: The Journey Home shows itself to be a worthwhile addition to any classroom and living room.

The work of the camera crew and those that were charged with assembling the information disseminated throughout the program collectively makes Pandas: The Journey Home a journey that audiences of all ages will enjoy whether in the living room or the classroom. For all of the value of the program’s cinematography and writing, none of it would mean anything with pacing that keeps viewers engaged. In the case of this documentary that is exactly what audiences get. Thanks to its collective pacing and related run time, at no point will audiences feel left in the proverbial dust, scratching their heads. Rather each separate segment of the program is given just enough time and attention. The end result of that timing and attention is a forty-minute documentary that feels anything but those forty minutes. It feels far shorter as a matter of fact. That is meant in the best way possible. Being that it keeps viewers fully engaged rather than bored out of their minds, the collective pacing and run time of Pandas: The Journey Home solidifies the documentary’s enjoyment and its place on this year’s list of the year’s best new documentaries.

Pandas: The Journey Home is one of the best of this year’s crop of documentaries. It is a production that is just as valuable and worth the watch in the living room as in the classroom. That is made clear initially via the in-depth information provided by the program. The information in question is a balance of both education and information. The work of those charged with recording its footage makes it even more enjoyable. Thanks to its solid pacing its forty-minute run time feels as if it flies right by all without losing viewers along the way. Because viewers are kept engaged from beginning to end, they will in turn see clearly the importance of the camera crew’s work and that of those charged with assembling the program’s information. All things considered Pandas: The Journey Home proves in the end to be a presentation that is just as valuable of an addition to any classroom or living room setting and a presentation that is one of the best of this year’s crop of new documentaries. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct from Virgil Films’ online store at http://www.virgilfilmsent.com/store/product.php?pid=713. More information on this and other titles from Virgil Films is available online now at:

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National Geographic Films, Virgil Films Team Up For New Documentary Film

Courtesy:  National Geographic Films/Virgil Films

Courtesy: National Geographic Films/Virgil Films

Virgil Films and National Geographic Films will release Nat Geo’s latest documentary Pandas: The Journey Home next month.

Pandas: The Journey Home will be released Tuesday, June 16th on 2D and 3D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Shot entirely in IMAX, the documentary follows a group of pandas from birth to transition back to the wild. In order to create the program, its filmmakers were given unprecedented access to the Wolong Panda Center in China. The thirty-six minute documentary presents the work put in to protect pandas and return them to the wild.

Actress Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Nip/Tuck) serves as narrator for the film. The project is helmed by director Nicolas Brown (Human Planet, Expedition Alaska) and produced by Caroline Hawkins (Meerkats 3D, Fatal Attractions) of Oxford Scientific Films. Hawkins noted in a recent interview part of her reason for signing on for this film explaining that pandas “are more than just cute and cuddly animals to see in the zoo. They have a place in the wild and in the ecosystem.”

Pandas: The Journey Home will be available from Virgil Films and National Geographic Films Tuesday, June 16th. It will be available in a 2D/3D Blu-ray + DVD combo pack for MSRP of $29.99. It will also be available on demand and via digital platforms in both SD and HD versions. Audiences can check out a trailer for Pandas: The Journey Home online now along with more information on the film online at http://movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies/pandas/. Audiences can get more information on this and other movies from National Geographic Films online at http://movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies. More information on this and other titles from Virgil films is available online now at:

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No Mystery Here: Mysteries Of The Unseen World Is A Fun Film For Audiences Of All Ages

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Courtesy: Virgil Films/National Geographic/Lockheed Martin/FEI/National Science Foundation

National Geographic officially released its new documentary film Mysteries of the Unseen World this week. The film, which runs barely over the half-hour mark, is just as good a fit for any family’s home collection as it is a science class at any level of education. The film’s aforementioned run time is the central reason that it is such a good fit in both the living room and the classroom. By association, its pacing plays its own role, too. It’s just part of what makes it so worth the watch. Its clear presentation of two separate yet similar topics adds to its enjoyment. For those that might actually have a 3D Blu-ray player and 3D TV will also appreciate the fact that National Geographic has presented the film in both standard 2D and 3D format. Both formats are both Blu-ray presentations, too. So regardless of whether or not audiences have the equipment for a 3D presentation, every viewer will have reason to be happy when they pick up the film in its 2D/3D Blu-ray combo pack. Whether for this reason, for the fact that it clearly separates the topics into two separate segments or for its relatively short run time, audiences will see in the end that there is plenty to like about Mysteries of the Unseen World.

National Geographic’s new documentary Mysteries of the Unseen World is a good fit for the living room and the classroom alike. As a matter of fact, watching through this program, it proves to be a piece that audiences of any age will enjoy whether in the living room or the classroom. That is saying quite a bit. It is just as valuable for a junior high science class as a freshman level college science course. One reason for this vast reach is the program’s run time. Its total run time comes it at just over the half hour mark. To be more precise, its run time comes in at approximately thirty-nine minutes. That time seems to fly by, too even with the amount of information shared through the course of the film’s two segments. That is a credit to those charged with editing and assembling the film. As much information is shared through the course of the program–the wonders of the microscopic world and slow motion photography, and its history and impact–at no one point does it spend too much or too little time on the subjects or their related topics. Speaking of those topics, they are another reason that audiences of all ages will appreciate this film.

The run time and pacing of Mysteries of the Unseen World collectively make this presentation well worth the watch in and of themselves. No time is wasted on either end of the clock covering any of the material presented throughout the course of the film’s thirty-nine minute run time. It’s just part of what makes this documentary feature worth the watch regardless of audiences’ age. The material itself adds even more enjoyment to the program in whole. It examines the world first through the lens of a high-speed camera, showing specific situations both slowed and sped up. Those situations include a balloon being popped, a rose decaying, a glass and pitcher of milk falling and breaking and more. Anyone that remembers Discovery’s short-lived series Time Warp and who might have actually watched it will appreciate this segment. The second segment, which is clearly separated from the first, takes viewers into the microscopic world, introducing viewers to otherwise invisible objects. Those objects are both good and bad. For instance, there is a close up look at a butterfly egg and at a highly bendable material that–as narrator Forest Whitaker notes–could one day be used to build the long talked about elevator to space. On another level, there’s a note of the bumpy microscopic surface of a lily pad which could be used as a model to keep planes’ wings from icing over one day. To these extents, the things that we can’t see become that much more incredible. And they make for an especially welcome starting point for just such a discussion, again, in a science class at any level. On the other side of the discussion is a microscopic look at some not so nice objects such as head lice and even a mite that lives on people’s eyelashes. It’s unsettling but so intriguing that one can’t help but look. And it’s one more way that the content presented in Mysteries of the Unseen World makes this documentary worth the watch whether in the living room or the classroom. Coupled with the film’s run time and pacing, the content adds even more punch to the whole, making it that much more of a must have at least for any science teacher and lover of science in general.

The run time and pacing of Mysteries of the Unseen World taken into consideration with the overall content and its arrangement makes collectively for more than enough reason for audiences to check out the new documentary from National Geographic. While the noted elements are each equally important to the whole that is Mysteries of the Unseen World, there is still one more element to note of the film that should be noted that makes it a worth the watch. The element in question is the very fact that the documentary has been presented in a 2D/3D Blu-ray combo pack. The 2D/3D Blu-ray combo pack obviously presents the documentary both in its 2D presentation and enhanced 3D presentation. Those that have the necessary equipment to take in the 3D presentation will see for themselves just how amazing the microscopic world and the smaller world in whole look. It is the finishing touch to a documentary that along with its overall content, run time, and pacing shows to be a surprisingly fun and entertaining piece for audiences of all ages.

Mysteries of the Unseen World is available now in stores and online. The 2D/3D combo pack can be ordered online direct from Virgil Films’ online store and National Geographic’s online store. More information on this and other titles from Virgil Films is available online at:

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Believe Me Boasts Both Depth And Entertainment

Courtesy:  Virgil Films

Courtesy: Virgil Films

Religion is one of the favorite topics of so many screenwriters out there. Going as far back as the 1923 take of The Ten Commandments (yes, there was one before the famed 1956 version starring Charlton Heston) and possibly even before that, religion has played a major part in the rich history of Hollywood. While many of the movies that have incorporated religion and religious themes into their scripts have gone on to be major success (E.g. Star Wars, Groundhog Day, The Ten Commandments) others have remained to this day just under that mainstream. They include the likes of Facing The Giants, The Nativity, Suing The Devil. While those movies in question might never have gained the massive popularity of their bigger-named brethren, it doesn’t lessen their enjoyment one bit. As a matter of fact, lesser known movies such as those listed or like United Artists’ 1994 religious based Saved! and The Chronicles of Narnia have proven that they are just as entertaining as their major name counterparts. Now indie studio Virgil Films has added another movie to that list of lesser-known but still enjoyable movies based in religion in the form of the entertaining and thoughtful story that is Believe Me. Believe Me was released on Blu-ray and DVD this week by Virgil Films. The script behind the movie lies at the center of its enjoyment. While the script is nothing new at any level it is still an enjoyable story nonetheless. The acting on the part of the movie’s young cast is another reason that audiences will enjoy the movie. Most audiences might not know the cast members’ names. Bu that doesn’t mean they are inexperienced. It shows in their interpretations of the script and their on-screen interactions. Last of note that makes the presentation in whole enjoyable is its pacing. Audiences never feel lost at any point in the story thanks to solid pacing, which ties right back to the work of the story’s writers. Because they never feel left behind, audiences in turn will have more time to take in the story that is Believe Me and discover exactly why the writing, acting, and pacing together make this a movie that is worth at least one watch and one that is just as enjoyable as any of its more well-known predecessors.
The script that was crafted for Virgil Films’ new movie Believe Me is nothing new in the world of movies. It centers on a young man—in this case Sam (Alex Russell—Chronicle, The Host, Unbroken) who plots to cheat a bunch of money out of a specific group of people and run off with said money. In the long run though, he thinks things over and eventually has a change of heart, which is ultimately revealed as the story unfolds. Part of the reason for his change of heart is the influence of a love interest played here by Johanna Braddy (Easy A, Greek, Avatar: The Last Airbender) This sort of plot goes all the way back to the beloved 1962 musical The Music Man and possibly even before that. So one might be left asking why exactly the movie is even worth one watch. The answer is simple. It isn’t The Music Man. It is similar. There’s no denying that. But the script’s entertaining yet deeply thought provoking look at the nature of people today calling themselves Christians sets it apart from The Music Man and so many others that have come before. While Saved! justifiably poked fun at the very true stereotypes of so many so-called “Christians,” it could be argued that Believe me comes across more as a commentary of sorts about the nature of not only the true believers who live their lives as best they can, but those delusional and hypocritical “Sunday Christians” (the ones who talk the talk but definitely don’t walk the walk on the weekdays), and the outright frauds. What audiences will really like about all of this is that Michael B. Allen and Will Bakke—the movie’s writers–don’t try to get preachy at any point in the story. Nor do they try to wax philosophical or even theological. They present the arguments of both sides in layman’s terms, thus making the story in whole more accessible for every day audiences. Simply put, Bakke and Allen don’t try to come across as being something that they aren’t. They just crafted a story that even despite not being the first of its kind at its roots, provides a solid starting point for some much more in-depth discussions among audiences both more versed in theological studies and those just attending bible studies every week. For that reason alone, it proves to be a movie that while independent is definitely worth at least one watch.
Allen and Bakke’s script by itself makes for plenty of reason for audiences to watch Believe Me at least once. The work of the movie’s young cast makes for even more reason for viewers to give the movie a chance. Lead actor Alex Russell conjures thoughts of James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek, Varsity Blues, One Tree Hill) both with his look and his character’s overly confident swagger. It is that swagger that leads audiences to believe that Sam really does believe his scam is fine. On the opposite end is Sam’s love interest Callie (Johanna Braddy). Braddy is spot on as the strong, yet still slightly naïve type. Audiences will truly feel for Callie when she realizes that she has been fooled by Sam all along. That’s because of Braddy’s acting chops. She doesn’t try to ham it up. Rather she shows the utmost professionalism even with the understanding of the movie being an independent release. Braddy still makes Callie a fully believable and sympathetic character. Such a serious approach makes the juxtaposition of Callie to Sam is a prime example of why the work of Believe Me’s cast adds even more interest to the movie. It would be wrong to ignore the work of Russell’s other cast mates. Miles Fisher (J. Edgar, Final Destination 5, Bad Sports), Sinqua Walls (Teen Wolf, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Pair of Kings), and Max Adler (Glee, Switched at Birth, Love and Honor) play Sam’s friends Pierce, Tyler, and Baker respectively. All four men together conjure thoughts of the crew from Warner Brothers’ hit movie The Hangover and its two sequels. The actors’ portrayals of their characters are just as believable as those by Russell and Braddy. Whether for their work or that of the rest of the movie’s cast, audiences will agree in watching Believe Me that collectively speaking, the cast’s acting is one more reason that audiences should see Believe Me at least once.
Thanks to both the work of the movie’s writers and that of its cast, Believe Me proves itself to be a movie that is just as interesting a work as any of its more well-known counterparts churned out by “Hollywood’s Power Five Studios.” In much the same vein, the story’s pacing should also be noted in regards to the movie’s pros. Throughout the course of the “God Squad’s” tour to raise funds for its fake charity, viewers are never left feeling lost. From the scene transitions to the scenes themselves, Allen and Bakke maintain full control over the story’s speed. This includes the dialogue and every other aspect of each scene. That control gives audiences plenty of time to take everything in and in turn appreciate even more all of the movie’s little nuances and all of it larger, more obvious elements. The end result of this ease coupled with the solid work of the movie’s cast and its writers is a movie that yet again is just as worth the watch as any of its more well-known counterparts. Because it holds its own so solidly with those movies, it proves in the end to be a movie worth at least one watch.
Whether for its writing, the work of the movie’s cast, or the story’s pacing—directly tied to the writing—there is plenty to say about why audiences should watch Believe Me at least once. Audiences that do will agree in watching it that it is just as interesting as any religiously based movie churned out past or present from “Hollywood’s Power Five Studios.” It is available now on Blu-ray and DVD in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct from Virgil Films’ online store at https://www.virgilfilmsent.com/store/product.php?pid=704. More information on this and other titles from Virgil Films is available online at:

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Fred Won’t Move Out A Tragically Beautiful Film

Courtesy:  Virgil Films

Courtesy: Virgil Films

Virgil Films’ drama, Fred Won’t Move Out is not a movie for everyone.  The reason for this is that it is one of those movies that tackles subject matter to which most people would prefer to turn a blind eye.  The movie centers on an elderly couple, Fred and Susan.  Susan is suffering from what would appear to be dementia.  To make matters worse, Fred begins to show hints of dementia himself as the story progresses.  Enter their adult daughter Carol and her husband Bob.  Bob is a dreamer of a film maker.  He would like to believe that he’s something great.  To this extent, the issue of suspension of disbelief is raised as the younger couple’s lives are not entirely something to which audiences could entirely relate.  Script writer Richard Ledes makes up for this though in the story’s central plot of Carol and Bob trying to convince Fred that Susan needs to be put in an assisted living facility.  This is where things do pick up somewhat.

The emotional struggles faced by Carol and Bob are something to which more audiences than would like to admit can relate.  The script’s subject matter is a topic which has been raised in a number of nightly television news journals as far back as memory serves.  So while it may be somewhat emotionally difficult to watch, it serves as a reminder to specific audiences that they aren’t alone, and that what they are feeling is entirely normal.  They don’t have to place any stigma on themselves or feel bad that they feel the emotional issues that they feel.  This is heightened by the interaction of the cast.  Bob isn’t an entirely believable character.  But his attempts to gently press the issue of taking Susan to an assisted living facility is entirely believable, as are his discussions with Fred.  Much the same could be said of supporting actress Mfoniso Udofia.  Udofia plays the part of Susan and Fred’s live-in nurse.  While her character is only that of a live-in nurse, it shows that even those that are employed solely to care for others can and in some cases do become emotionally attached to their patients just as she does.  She shows signs of this early on such as when Fred yells at Susan for no reason just because she wouldn’t hold onto the phone when someone called for Susan.  Her emotional link to Fred and Susan could be argued to be more so than that of Bob and Carol.  So it adds an extra level of emotional depth to the story, making it even more interesting.

Just as interesting is the juxtaposition of the calming nature shots tied into the overall story.  There are those in particular that have criticized this story for the fact that it used these shots of trees and insects.  The whole point of these shots was to be used as an emotional contradiction between the emotional storm inside Fred and Susan’s house and the calm outside the house.  Within the confines of the house’s walls, things were anything but calm, despite attempts by Bob and Carol to remain calm with everything.  As viewers will see, it’s ultimately Bob that shows to have the hardest time dealing emotionally with what is going on.  Anyone that has ever had the terrible duty of dealing with an elderly parent in the situation such as that of Fred and Susan will be more understanding of this juxtaposition.  That understanding will help to appreciate the rest of the story, even as emotionally difficult as it is to watch art imitating life.  But it is in its own right a therapeutic work that is deserving of at least one watch.

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Shelter Me Episode A Touching Tail…Er…Tale

Courtesy:  Virgil Films/Halo Purely For Pets/PBS

Courtesy: Virgil Films/Halo Purely For Pets/PBS

Thousands of animals end up in shelters across the country every year.  The reasons for this are as wide as the breeds of cats and dogs that end up being held at shelters.  People lose their jobs, have to move, or they simply run away from their homes.  In even worse cases, it’s because they have been taken from abusive owners.  Whatever the reason, these animals need loving homes.  So many shelter animals end up being euthanized because they don’t get adopted.  Virgil Films and Halo: Purely for Pets have partnered together in hopes of decreasing the number of animals euthanized each year and increase the number of shelter animals that find their forever homes instead in the new documentary, Shelter Me

Shelter Me is a heartwarming program that takes viewers into three different settings showing the value of shelter pets.  In hindsight, it’s less documentary and more advertisement for adopting shelter pets.  There is nothing wrong with this, either.  That is because so many shelters across the country are becoming overloaded with animals and underfunded.  That is, in sociological terms, what’s known as a negative correlation.  That’s not a good thing.  With any luck, this feature will help to turn that negative correlation into a positive one, and shelters will see an increase in both adoptions and funding.  It makes its argument through three examples of the value of shelter pets in society, starting with the dispelling of the reputation of Pit Bulls.  From there, it transitions into dogs that are made virtual inmates by their reputation to the impact of dogs on inmates themselves.  From there, it shows how the friendship between military men and women and service dogs can lead each others’ lives to turn around.  By the end of the feature, hopefully this feature will have convinced viewers of all ages and backgrounds to help give shelters and shelter dogs a second chance.

It is fitting that the very first segment of this feature features what is one of the most pressing issues in the world of pet owners.  The issue in question is that of the reputation of pit bulls.  Pit Bulls have arguably the single worst reputation of any dog breed.  That is because far too many people have abused them and made them into fighting animals.  As a result, most of the stories centered on Pit Bulls that people see on the news are negative.  But as audiences will see in this first segment, Pit Bulls are just as docile and loving as any other breed.  It dispels the belief that belief that this breed is just a mindless killer and proves even more the argument that it is indeed the fault of the human and not the dog that a Pit Bull becomes violent.  In an odd way, one could argue it is proof of the sociological argument that it is nurture, not nature that makes any living being become what it becomes in life. 

The second segment of Shelter Me is a proper transition from the topic of Pit Bulls.  This is because just as Pit Bulls have negative reputations, so do those behind bars.  Pit Bulls are ignored when they are sent to shelters just as inmates are largely ignored and labeled when they are put behind bars.  But as viewers will see in watching this segment, even those behind bars can be just as caring as the dogs for which they care.  Even more so, it shows that these dogs and others can help to give those behind bars the fire that they need to start their lives back on the right track.  Just as the dogs give the inmates featured here the start at a second chance, the dogs give themselves a second chance, proving their value even more.

The final segment of Shelter Me is just as solid a transition as that between the program’s lead segments.  The dogs featured in the feature’s second segment give both themselves and the inmates a second chance at life.  In the same vein, service dogs are just as valuable to the nation’s men and women in uniform.  Viewers are introduced to two young military veterans in this final segment. Both men were suffering the effects of fighting the war in the Middle East.  One was on the verge of taking his own life.  The other was on the verge of ending up as an inmate himself.  But when both men were partnered with a service/therapy dog, their lives were immediately turned around.  Because their lives were turned around for the better, it made them want to help their fellow soldiers.     

All three segments of Shelter Me provide very deeply heartwarming stories of the impact of shelter dogs on humans and vice versa.  From dispelling the reputation of Pit Bulls to showing the value of these and other dogs in various facets of life, Shelter Me provides audiences with touching story after story of the impact of shelter dogs.  The stories alone are enough to leave no eye the least bit dry.  Each one is compelling in its own right, showing that just because they’re in shelters, these animals are no less than those at a person’s local humane society.  Making the near hour-long feature even better is its transitions between each segments and the manner in which each segment is tied to the one before.  This makes the overall viewing experience all the easier and more touching.  Who knows?  It may even move viewers to share it with others and thus spread the movement to help both shelter pets and shelters.  Shelter Me is available now on DVD. 

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