…play every possible part

It’s National Cat Day, crusaders, and you know what that means? I’m talking about “Cats,” the weirdest movie of the (closer than you think) holiday season that we’re all strangely looking forward to (you know you are). And if you don’t understand why, then you don’t know “Cats” (but you can learn about “Cats” here).

…Land On Your Feet

Today I’m going to do something I never thought I’d do — defend “Cats” (sort of). Just to be clear, that’s “Cats” as in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot, not cats as in felines. The felines can defend themselves. The first trailer was let…

…Climb Aboard

Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” harkens back to a simpler time. A time when train travel was elegant, extravagant, and in style. A time when the journey was just as important as the destination. A time when a murder made headlines and shocked the world. And finally, a time when ensemble casts meant…

…Have a Little Faith

Philomena is a delightful surprise amongst this year’s nominees for Best Picture. Based on the true story of Philomena Lee, director Stephen Frears has created a heartwarming film about shame, love, and, most importantly, forgiveness. Philomena (Judi Dench), has kept her son, Anthony, a secret for 50 years.   Born out-of-wedlock, he was taken from…

…enjoy the ride

Times were different when  young, Irish-Catholic Philomena Lee was sent, pregnant and shamed, to the convent in Roscrea, Ireland. It’s here she paid her penance and gave birth to her son. It was also here that her son was taken from her without warning or explanation.   Times were different…

…think on your sins

Ah, the Bond movie.  You love ’em or you hate ’em, or you love to hate ’em.  I happen to love them, but everything I love about Bond movies strangely correlate with everything I hate about them. The Bond girls to be specific.  I have nothing against these women.  I get it, and I fully…