Category Archives: Review
By now you’ve probably all heard opinion upon opinion about NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live” that aired on Thursday night. The snark fest began well before the telecast began and continues on.
So instead of adding to the deluge of obvious complaints about the production (it’s been firmly established that Carrie Underwood’s acting was less than stellar) we thought we’d start thinking ahead to next year’s holiday special. NBC, we have some thoughts. Read the rest of this entry
On the surface, Disney’s latest animated film, “Frozen,” seems destined to be the latest in Disney’s long list of stereotype-promoting, anti-feminist, lovable, sappy, classic princess movies.
Directed and written by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, this gorgeous film (loosely based on Hans Christen-Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”), has all the basic components of the many princess films that came before it:
It has been a nice long holiday weekend, and if you’re like most of us holiday travelers you’re wearily making your way back to reality.
Now before you take a moment to relax and unwind, we’d like to remind you that there are less than 25 days to go until Christmas…so there will be no relaxing.
Transforming a beloved book series into a film is never an easy task. There will be haters who quote the book to you, pointing out each and every derivation from the original plot and story. The truth is that a movie is inherently different from a book and changes must be made in the transformation. You cannot please everyone. Sometimes you get an awkward disaster (cough…Twilight…cough), and sometimes you get The Lord of the Rings. Read the rest of this entry
The wonderful brilliance of “Thor” was (and is) that it was able to take the extreme leap from a fantastic, futuristic world of the gods to the very real-world middle of Roswell, New Mexico with brilliant wit and charm. It has all of the action and super you expect from a comic book story with the surprise, dramatic flare, and wordplay of a Shakespearean drama. And given that the endeavor was helmed by Sir Kenneth Branagh that was of little surprise to anyone.
Its sequel “Thor: The Dark World” takes the same plunge (this time with Alan Taylor in the director’s chair) and continues what “Thor” started beautifully.
“Thor: The Dark World” picks up where “The Avengers” left off. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has returned to Asgard with his villainous adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in tow. Loki is sentenced to imprisonment (a light sentence given his crimes against humanity) and Thor settle back into the monotony of the day-to-day life of a demigod, pining for the forbidden (by his father Odin [Anthony Hopkins]) Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Read the rest of this entry