Vertical Entertainment

A duo and a dictionary

Movie | Friendship, grace, and wordplay suffuse The Professor and the Madman
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 4/08/21, 02:39 pm

The professor: graying and groomed beard, clear-eyed, loving husband and father, purpose-driven. The doctor: scraggly beard; often wild-eyed; plagued by terrible memories, hallucinations, and guilt. The two men’s parallel stories—unlikely, yet true—merge in 1870s London during an endeavor to create the first-ever Oxford English Dictionary

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Amazon Studios

The silence treatment

Movie | In Sound of Metal, a rock musician’s hearing loss leads him unwillingly out of a noisy world
by Jim Hill
Posted 4/08/21, 02:34 pm

The first five minutes of Sound of Metal, filled with the raw sound of rage played out in a punk rock concert, will unsettle audiences. But that cacophonous beginning is an appropriate starting point for the story of one man’s journey to find peace amid tragedy and the pangs of addiction.

The movie, streaming on Amazon, centers on the life of Ruben, a punk rock drummer and recovering heroin addict who’s been clean for four years.

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Crash Landing, Heaven’s Garden: Netflix; Winter Sonata: KBS World; Jewel in the Palace: Amazon Prime

Swooning for Korean dramas

Media | Broadcasting clean, romantic fun, K-drama grows in popularity in the United States
by Joyce Wu & Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 4/08/21, 02:07 pm

While scrolling through Netflix last year, Wright Doyle and his wife Dori clicked on a show with an interesting premise: A South Korean heiress accidentally paraglides into North Korea and drops into the arms of an attractive North Korean soldier. Within minutes, the Texas couple in their 70s was hooked on the 2020 Korean drama series Crash Landing on You (see “Love Beyond Borders,” March 27). 

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