“When She Loved Me” – Sarah McLachlan / Randy Newman from “Toy Story 2” (1999)


An incredibly moving and emotional scene from the Pixar animated film “Toy Story 2,” featuring one of Randy Newman’s best songs, sung by Sarah McLachlan. Yes, the characters are toys. Yes, I realize it’s some dire triumph of the Capitalist system to ascribe human feelings to otherwise inanimate objects. But I dare anyone not to watch this scene and not be moved. As I’ve said before, between 1995 and 2010 (15 years if you do the math), there has been no other creative entity that sustained a consistently high quality of films than Pixar did. Yes, they really showed their a– with “Cars 2.” But … here’s hoping they bounce back and start scoring classics again.

Why Cinema’s Conversion to Digital May Not be the Best Idea …


I have mixed feelings about how much of our media is being digitized these days. While I love my Amazon Kindle, love Netflix and Hulu Plus, love my Amazon Cloud Player, etc., there is a danger in trusting that elusive “cloud” to hold everything the way you like it. First of all, a “cloud” is always owned by someone else. And once you give up control to another outside force, you are totally at their mercy … despite their reassurances about how they’ll never go out of business, never be obsolete …

The conversion from film to digital (with no options) is sadly, the wave of the future. However, this story about how one year’s work on “Toy Story 2” was almost gone in less than a minute should give pause to anyone who totally embraces a digital future. Just because digital is not a physical medium doesn’t mean that it’s not fragile. This is the future, folks.