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The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning February 15, 2016

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Christian Chapters: The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay

4.5 of 5 Hearts. Enjoyable and Edifying. A Literary Field Trip Turned Journey of the Soul.

Come along with Lucy and Helen as they fly to London and traipse through literary landscapes, examining history and their own lives. Katherine Reay uses her own realistically imperfect characters, and draws on inspiration from some of her literary favorites, to shape The Brontë Plot into an engrossing and thoroughly satisfying journey of heart and soul.

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Tuesday:

Christian Chapters: Amish Sweethearts by Leslie Gould

4.5 of 5 Hearts. A Lesson About Deep Faith, True Love, and What Both Really Mean.

Amish Sweethearts tells the complicated story of what happens when two people from very different worlds fall in love. Though unsure whether God’s plan for their futures has them together or apart, each sets forth on his/her own path, trusting in Him to guide their steps.

[Read the full review]

 

 

 

Thursday:

Christian Chapters: The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston

4 of 5 Hearts. A Story as Sweet and Satisfying as Veronica’s Raspberry Pie.

With The Forgotten Recipe, Amy Clipston begins her new Amish Heirloom series by introducing Veronica Fisher and Jason Huyard. If their sugary-sweet romance is any indication, readers will be as eager for the next installment as Veronica’s customers are for another yummy slice of her raspberry pie!

[Read the full review]

 

 

Friday:

DVD Review – When Calls The Heart: Complete Season 2 (Collector’s Edition)

5 of 5 Hearts. Television For All Ages: Hope Valley Continues To Make Viewers Feel Like Family.

There is nothing on modern television like When Calls the Heart. It’s high quality storytelling, with a host of talent, both in front of and behind the camera. That’s why as the show moves forward, fan engagement continues to grow — so much so that Forbes magazine recently published a piece about the formidable influence of the combined voice of the enthusiastic viewers (#Hearties)!

[Read the full review]

 

 

Saturday:

CD Review: Winter In Hope Valley by WordHarmonic

4 of 5 Hearts. Music That Brings the Peace of the Valley Home.

Winter In Hope Valley may not transport you physically to the Canadian west of the early 1900s, but it will bring the peace of that wonderful little wilderness town to you.

[Read the full review]

 

 

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That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

DVD Review – When Calls The Heart: Complete Season 2 (Collector’s Edition)

Television For All Ages: Hope Valley Continues To Make Viewers Feel Like Family

When Calls The Heart: Complete Season 2 (Collector’s Edition)
Directed by Neill Fearnley

Release Date: October 13, 2015
Format: 10 DVDs, 840 minutes
Produced By: Michael Landon, Jr. and Brian Bird
Written By: Various
Starring: Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Jack Wagner, and Lori Loughlin
Inspired by the novel by Janette Oke

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DVD Contents

When Calls the Heart Television Series, Complete Season 2, plus Bonus Features:

Disc 1: WCTH: Trials of the Heart (Movie Version)
Disc 2: WCTH: Heart and Soul (Movie Version)
Disc 3: WCTH: Heart of the Family (Movie Version)
Disc 4: WCTH: Heart and Home (Movie Version)
Disc 5: WCTH: Follow your Heart (Movie Version)
Disc 6: Episodes 1-5 (as aired on the Hallmark Channel)
Disc 7: Episodes 6-10 (as aired on the Hallmark Channel)
Disc 8: Special Features: Exclusive Featurettes with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.
Disc 9: Journey to Jamaa: A Short Film by WCTH Executive Producers Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird
Disc 10: Winter in Hope Valley (Instrumental CD)

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Synopsis

Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) is a strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and found a job, a home (and a bit of unexpected romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack) in the small frontier town of Hope Valley. But life on the frontier can hand you many tough turns, and so it is for Jack and Elizabeth as they face their very different upbringings, the pressures put upon them by family, rival suitors and even various criminal counterfeiters and kidnappers in their quest to find their place in this remote and rugged land.


My Review

Season 3 of the Hallmark Channel TV series When Calls The Heart is just around the corner (Sunday, February 21st at 9pm), so it feels like the right time to talk to you about the show and the beautifully packaged collector’s edition DVD box set for Season 2.

The box boasts a hefty 10 discs in all — the first 5 being the double episode movie versions like the discs released in Season 1 that I’ve previously reviewed. If you’d like to see the individual episodes just as they aired on television, those are on discs 6 and 7.

To fans who already know and love the series, disc 8 will probably be the most interesting. This special features disc has behind the scenes footage on the set where you see a bit of hair and makeup, hear at length from Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing (the banter involving their big first kiss scene is hilarious!) as well as Martin Cummins. Also included are lengthy segments with executive producer Michael Landon, Jr., and the author whose book series inspired the television show, Janette Oke. Both candidly share much of their individual life stories and personal testimonies, and both make it abundantly clear that their faith in Christ plays a central role in their life and work.

Discs 9 and 10 are complete bonuses. The former is an awarding-winning short film (42 minutes) called Journey to Jamaa. The film, directed by Landon and Bird, and produced by the relief organization World Vision, in based on the story of two orphaned children, Margaret and Derick. To fulfill their mother’s dying wish, the brother and sister set off on a journey to locate their relative. Like WCTH, the underlying message is one of hope and faith.

Disc 10 is an instrumental CD, Winter in Hope Valley that sounds like a beautiful film score. (Read Jen’s full review of the CD here.) If you enjoy the music played in the show’s opening, you’re guaranteed to be inspired by the gorgeous music on this disc! Soothing and hopeful, it makes a lovely backdrop while you’re having a cup of tea, doing housework, journal writing, or even taking a bubble bath!

— Dawn Teresa

Verdict

5 of 5 Hearts. Television For All Ages: Hope Valley Continues To Make Viewers Feel Like Family.

There is nothing on modern television like When Calls the Heart. It’s high quality storytelling, with a host of talent, both in front of and behind the camera. That’s why as the show moves forward, fan engagement continues to grow — so much so that Forbes magazine recently published a piece about the formidable influence of the combined voice of the enthusiastic viewers (#Hearties)!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the above DVD for free from Edify Media in the hope that I would give it an impartial review on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning February 16th

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Kids Corner: Secrets Beneath the Sea by Janet Gurtler




4 of 5 Hearts. Take a Splash with Three Talented and Appealing Young Mermaids! Secrets Beneath the Sea is a fun collection of three stories, each leading into the next, though told by a different, likeable mermaid. Girls on land will enjoy watching the trio of smart and kind mergirls as they tackle and surmount challenges that are not so much different from those they have to confront in their everyday lives above the sea.  [Read the full review]

 

 

Tuesday:

Fiction Shelves: Emissary by Thomas Locke (aka Davis Bunn)

 

 

3 of 5 Hearts. Imaginative World Inhabited by Rough-hewn Characters. Thomas Locke’s Emissary presents a carefully drawn world filled with magic, mystery, action, and suspense while neglecting to expand on the inner workings of those who inhabit it. More likely to find favor with youthful male readers who prefer their readings heavier on action than emotional resonance.  [Read the full review]



Thursday:

Kids Corner: T.A. Barron – “Countdown to a Meaningful Life” Week 4: Wonder

ReadLove joins T.A. Barron for a special blog series to celebrate the upcoming publication of The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life. This seven-week countdown campaign will be based on Merlin’s answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?”

Surprisingly, the answer has only seven words…but they are the most powerful words of all.

Join with us each week as we focus on one of these magical words with supporting content that will help us acknowledge, reflect, practice, and get inspired to embark on a new adventure or live life to its fullest.

Fourth Magical Word: Wonder  [Read the full article]

Friday:

DVD Review: Iesodo: Joy – Unto Us a Dove Is Born by Zaya Toonz, LLC

 

 

5 of 5 Hearts. A Flight-Worthy Fowl-Feathered Take on the Nativity Story. Talented animators, writers, and voices continue to make the Iesodo series a go-to source as they carry the message and teachings of Jesus to children.  [Read the full review]




 

 

That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

DVD Review: Iesodo: Joy – Unto Us a Dove Is Born by Zaya Toonz, LLC

A Flight-Worthy Fowl-Feathered Take on the Nativity Story

Iesodo JoyIesodo: Joy
by Zava Toonz, LLC

4th in the series

Release Date: October 14, 2014
Format: DVD, 50 minutes

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Joy Synopsis

Iesodo (YAY-sa-doe) is a wise white dove whose name means “The Way of Jesus.” He and his feathered friends bring your favorite New Testament stories to life in a whole new way including this special re-imagining of the Nativity story. Let your heart take flight and tweet along to holiday carols and all-new songs!

Festivities are in full swing as the flock prepares to celebrate Iesodo’s birthday! The Cypress Tree is decked out with holly berries and excitement is in the air. Everyone gathers as Rocky shares the incredible story of Iesodo’s birth.

Series Focus

Iesodo and his friends live in the Holy Land, in a beautiful Cypress Tree on the shores of a vast Lake (or as we know it, the Sea of Galilee). These birds are an unlikely group of friends, and though they have their differences, they have one thing in common: since they met Iesodo, their lives have never been the same. Now they’re out to spread his message of hope to the entire bird world.


My Review

Iesodo’s slogan is “Where Fun and Faith Take Flight”. That succinctly describes these high-quality animated videos. Each previous release in the series, Believe, Love, and Faith, presented two engaging, Bible-based lessons for children that use music and animation to bring life to the words and message of Jesus in a whole new way. This time around, the focus is on the Nativity story. Iesodo’s friends are gearing up for a birthday bash when Rocky tells the story of Iesodo’s birth. There are appearances by all the major characters, Joe (Joseph), Molly (Mary), Harold (Herod), the shepherds, and the wise men. The popular carol, “We Three Kings” (pictured on the DVD cover), is given new feathers with the wise men being represented by three royal owls riding across the desert astride huge turtles. The wise men bring word of the birth of a king to Harold the peacock, who is a suitably villainous representation of King Herod.

The music on this disc is as engaging as ever. As always, bonus features are included: Pastor and Co-Producer, Tim Timmons, shares his thoughts in “Bible Connection with Pastor Tim”; “Christmas at Natalie’s Nest” lets us hear from the Producer mom who started the series; and finally there are Bible verses and a Christmas sing-a-long. Parents and Sunday School teachers will want to check out the Iesodo website for a discussion guide and other interactive resources.

It’s been abundantly clear from the start that the creators of the Iesodo series take care to provide top-notch animated and musical productions for children and families that not only entertain but edify. You can’t go wrong with Iesodo DVDs. Snatch one up and see for yourself! And don’t miss Forgiveness, the new release coming in March.

— Dawn Teresa

Verdict:

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5 of 5 Hearts. A Flight-Worthy Fowl-Feathered Take on the Nativity Story.

Talented animators, writers, and voices continue to make the Iesodo series a go-to source as they carry the message and teachings of Jesus to children.

*Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this DVD from Edify Media in the hope that I would do an honest review on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning February 9th

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Christian Chapters: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen




4.5 of 5 Hearts. Bewitching in Mystery, Fostering in Message. With The Secret of Pembrooke Park, award-winning author Julie Klassen strikes a delicately perfect balance between romance, mystery, and edification. Reading a Klassen novel is as refreshingly restorative as a garden stroll!  [Read the full review]

 

 

 

Wednesday:

Kids Corner: The Magical Animal Adoption Agency – Clover’s Luck by Kallie George

 

 

4 of 5 Hearts. A Delightful Tale of How a Girl Changed Her Luck. The Magical Animal Adoption Agency: Clover’s Luck is a charming series opener with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of heart. Give this to animal-loving fans of books like the Daisy Dawson series who are ready for a more challenging read but not yet ready for Redwall.  [Read the full review]


Thursday:

Kids Corner: T.A. Barron – “Countdown to a Meaningful Life” Week 3: Knowledge

ReadLove joins T.A. Barron for a special blog series to celebrate the upcoming publication of The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life. This seven-week countdown campaign will be based on Merlin’s answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?”

Surprisingly, the answer has only seven words…but they are the most powerful words of all.

Join with us each week as we focus on one of these magical words with supporting content that will help us acknowledge, reflect, practice, and get inspired to embark on a new adventure or live life to its fullest.

Third Magical Word: Knowledge  [Read the full article]

Friday:

DVD Review – When Calls The Heart: Rules of Engagement

 

 

4.5 of 5 Hearts. Outstanding Episodes but DVD Marred By Deletion of Significant Scene. When Calls The Heart: Rules of Engagement ties a beautiful bow on what was an altogether too brief first season. The combined cast continues to raise the bar, setting up great expectations for the second season. The only disappointment was the deletion of a key final scene. While I’d like to erase that scene from the books given the chance, the DVD feels incomplete without it.  [Read the full review]




That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

DVD Review – When Calls The Heart: Rules of Engagement

Outstanding Episodes but DVD Marred by Deletion of Significant Scene

When Calls the Heart: Rules of Engagement
Directed by Neill Fearnley

Release Date: November 11, 2014
Format: DVD, 85 minutes
Inspired By: The novel by Janette Oke
DVD Contents: When Calls the Heart Television Series, Season 1, Episodes 11 and 12 (Rules of Engagement, Prelude to a Kiss)
Written By: Neal Dobrofsky, Tippi Dobrofsky

Starring: Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Lori Loughlin, Jack Wagner, Martin Cummins, Chelah Horsdal, Loretta Walsh, Charlotte Hegele, with Special Guest Star James Brolin

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Synopsis

Jack is back in Coal Valley along with an unexpected visitor who threatens his relationship with Elizabeth. Meanwhile, as Mountie Inspector Bill Avery investigates the mine explosion with help from Jack, a romance blossoms between him and Abigail, and Elizabeth struggles to make a decision about a teaching offer back home.

My Review

Hallmark Channel TV series When Calls The Heart, inspired by author Janette Oke’s Canadian West series, is, bar none, one of the best new TV series in recent years. Nowadays, it’s far too rare to have a television show that the whole family can enjoy together. For good old-fashioned, values-centered entertainment with deep talent and abundant heart, look no further than When Calls The Heart. My only complaint is that the first season and this upcoming season (beginning April 2015) are only half-seasons, so it’s difficult to get enough of this show. Luckily, for enthusiastic viewers, or those who may have missed the show when it first aired, the episodes can be purchased on DVD.

Lori & JackRules of Engagement is the final DVD of the first season, combining episode 11, “Rules of Engagement” and episode 12, “Prelude to a Kiss”. Constable Jack Thornton and Elizabeth Thatcher are reunited, but their relationship becomes complicated and challenged by a visitor to Coal Valley. Meanwhile, Abigail helps a Mountie inspector investigate the mine explosion. Does she now have not only a friend and ally but a potential suitor?

ShakespeareHands off! wrote, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” When Rosemary, a beautiful actress from the big city, shows up, we find out that Jack has a romantic past that might stand in the way of his future (and possibly even present) with Elizabeth. Once again, the chemistry between actors Daniel Lissing (Jack) and Erin Krakow (Elizabeth) is terrific, and it’s a delight to watch them in scenes together. Pascale Hutton, who plays Rosemary, the “ghost” from Jack’s past, is captivating. The unflappable Rosemary is beguiling and bewitching — a “villainess” you’ll love to loathe!

Elizabeth continues to forge important connections with her students. This time we meet a bright new pupil whose voracious appetite for learning is fettered by his family’s pressing need for him to earn a living. It’s moving to see Elizabeth’s passion for learning and teaching as she does everything she can to prevent the mine from swallowing up the promise and future of another young man.

In the final episode there’s a huge climatic event between Jack and Elizabeth. No spoilers, but it’s beautiful to watch the scene unfold. At season’s end, in the original TV airing, there was an additional scene tagged on as a cliffhanger of sorts for Season Two. (The writers just had to throw in a little drama and tension after our nice happy moment!) Unfortunately, that important scene was removed from the DVD version; according to Executive Producer Brian Bird, it was at the request of the distributors. Because the scene is so pivotal, its deletion creates a potential misleading set-up for Season Two that could leave a viewer unpleasantly surprised. Maybe that’s not a bad thing per se, but I always feel a little cheated when I realize a DVD doesn’t reproduce a product in its entirety. Still, aside from this one flaw, this DVD and series are as close to perfect as anyone could ever ask for.

I anxiously await the beautiful April spring day when When Calls The Heart rejoins the TV airwaves. Until then, if you’ve not had the privilege of viewing this remarkable series, I encourage you to take a look at these DVD releases and catch up on all you’ve missed!

Prelude to a Kiss pic— Dawn Teresa

Verdict

4.5 of 5 Hearts. Outstanding Episodes but DVD Marred by Deletion of Significant Scene.

When Calls The Heart: Rules of Engagement ties a beautiful bow on what was an altogether too brief first season. The combined cast continues to raise the bar, setting up great expectations for the second season. The only disappointment was the deletion of a key final scene. While I’d like to erase that scene from the books given the chance, the DVD feels incomplete without it.

*Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received the above DVD for free from Edify Media in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Documentary Review & Giveaway – Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Glen Campbell and Family Display True Grit

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

From the Producer of Walk The Line


Release Date: Fall 2014
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

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About the Movie

In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. They thought it would last 5 weeks; instead, it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America.

What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a “Goodbye Tour.”

The film documents this amazing journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Glen’s progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice.

Special appearances include Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Bill Clinton among many others.


 My Review:

Though I didn’t grow up listening to Glen Campbell, I did find my way to his music. And in a short time, Glen, a seemingly larger-than-life figure with talent in abundance, a humble spirit, and a golden voice, quickly took up residence in my heart. In 2008 when Meet Glen Campbell released, the then 72-year-old singer was in the midst of a career resurgence. Though truthfully, with a recording career spanning half a century, Campbell had never entirely disappeared from the music scene. That’s why it was so difficult for me, as a new fan having only recently discovered this treasure of a music legend, when the Campbells publicly announced Glen’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s.

I jumped at the chance to be part of an exclusive viewing of this film documenting Glen’s Alzheimer’s journey and final farewell tour. With a career that includes music, movies, and television, Glen is a beloved figure to many. Though not without his faults, Campbell maintained a reputation for being an honest, humble man of faith — a regular country boy. His unassuming attitude helped make his talented guitar work and vocal abilities appear deceptively simple. As Bruce Springsteen remarks in the film, Campbell is “simple on the surface” but contains a “world of emotion underneath.”

What I didn’t bargain for when accepting the offer to preview this documentary was how much it would affect me. Gut-wrenching. Emotional. Heartbreaking. Human. Real. And yet those words fall short of describing the impact of this movie. I’ll Be Me must be experienced first-hand to fully understand. That said, let me share a few details alongside my thoughts and reactions.

The film opens with home-movie footage of Campbell. But what feels warm and fuzzy soon turns bone-chillingly sad when you witness Campbell looking at his own youthful image on the screen and asking his wife, “Who’s that?” As the scene progresses, you realize that Glen and his wife are viewing the film together, and Glen’s looking to Kim for help identifying each person. And in that instant, your eyes are opened to the stark reality of this terrible disease.

The documentary takes the viewer from the Alzheimer’s diagnosis, through medical tests and consultations with doctors, to rehearsal and tour footage, and behind-the-scenes moments of life at home and on the road. You’ll see special events like Campbell’s 2012 Grammy performance where he received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Campbell family’s trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with Congress about the need to raise awareness and support for federal funding for Alzheimer’s research.

What the film reveals is a sweet, kind, likeable man who is enduring with dignity a disease that will slowly rob him of his identity and his life. Goofy is a word that readily comes to mind when you see Glen doing his Donald Duck voice or cracking jokes and making fun of himself. He keeps a positive mindset as he weathers his own personal storm, summing up his philosophy as follows: “I have cried and I have laughed. Laughing is a hell of a lot better.”

Glen Campbell and his family (three of his children toured with him) faced his battle so bravely and so well that what began as a five-week tour turned into a 151-show odyssey lasting more than two-and-a-half years! All this because Glen, though unable to take four words given to him by a doctor and repeat them 30 seconds later, was, with the help of teleprompters, maintaining connection with his melodies and his music. Working was stimulating his mind and slowing the degenerative process. And though you’ll see him struggle with rehearsals at the beginning of the tour, for the most part, once placed before a live audience, Campbell is almost magically transformed and is able to focus, perform, and entertain. He still has lucid moments, too: “I got through it!”  he says immediately after his performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno — a feat his own team wasn’t sure he’d be able to manage.

The best of the tour footage shows a man who at 74 years old appears to still be functioning at his prime during moments like guitar solos that can’t be supported by a teleprompter or any other aid. These bright spots at once make perfectly clear both Campbell’s immense gifts and the enormity of what Alzheimer’s will take from him, and, ultimately, from the world. The end of the tour footage shows a different man. At 76, he is visibly no longer winning the fight against the loss of his memories. Offstage, he is wrecked by communication struggles, confusion, moments of paranoia, and anger. But Campbell is ever the gentle spirit and still has moments of clarity when he apologizes for his behavior: “You’re really being nice to me … I’m really like a shithead.”

Further difficult moments include watching his daughter Ashley speak to Congress (as Glen looks on in silent tears) about how her dad will forget her name, and hearing her poignant song, Remembering, played as part of the movie’s soundtrack: “Daddy, don’t you worry, I’ll do the remembering.” Equally difficult is listening as Kim relates her fears of watching her husband deteriorate as behaviors like licking his plate accompany his loss of fine motor skills. As Kim says, though, according to the Bible, “a merry heart is good medicine.” Clearly, she and the rest of the family have kept a positive perspective and maintain grateful hearts. Though she admits it became “a train wreck” at the end, Ashley says the farewell tour with her father was “the best time of my life.” Similarly, one of his sons remarks that he chose to appreciate the time on tour with his father and “cherish the moments” they spent together.

This is a family that knows what stands to be lost, yet steadfastly holds on to each moment they can along the road to goodbye. This is a man who is looking into his future and, as he did about the Lifetime Achievement Award, declaring, “I ain’t done yet.” And it’s a film that looks unflinchingly into the eyes of Alzheimer’s. While the family and the filmmakers never shy away from moments that might be construed as shameful or embarrassing, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me allows its subject to maintain his dignity throughout. I’m inclined to agree with President Clinton — Glen’s work to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s may leave a more enduring legacy than even his storied music career.

— Dawn Teresa

Verdict:

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5 of 5 Hearts. Glen Campbell and Family Display True Grit.

In I’ll Be Me, Glen Campbell, with remarkable courage and grace, lays bare his final working days living and touring with Alzheimer’s. Perhaps never before has an artist risked his reputation in such a vulnerable way. Everything could have gone wrong, permanently damaging his legacy. Instead, in sharing his struggle against memory loss in an effort to raise awareness, Campbell has both strengthened and reshaped the way in which the world will remember him.

*Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received viewing access to the film from Propeller Consulting, LLC. in exchange for an honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



 
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