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The Golden Globes are in the rearview mirror, and Oscar season is nearly here. With 341 eligible films in the running, it’s anyone’s guess who will be nominated.

That being said, with just over a week until the nominees are announced (January 23rd), now is the time where we get to not quite as blindly guess who will be nominated. More importantly, we can hope and dream. Read the rest of this entry


…Put On A Show

Suspension of disbelief is essential in the world of entertainment. We do it every time we see a movie or watch a television show. We allow the performers to lie to us. For the most part, this deception is harmless. We know that the performers are just playing their parts. In director Michael Gracey’s “The Greatest Showman,” this complex relationship between the audience and the entertainer is called into question.

This colorful, joyous celebration of a film tells the story of famous showman, and circus founder, P. T. Barnum (played by Hugh Jackman and Ellis Rubin). Starting with from childhood, we see Barnum as a boy and then man willing to take risks to better his circumstances. First, he pursues the girl who’s out of his league (Michelle Williams and Skylar Dunn). Then, when he finds himself out of a job he cons his way into a bank loan, and creates a new kind of theatrical spectacle. Read the rest of this entry

…take another look


In these final days of 2017, as we look back in order to move forward, I wanted to take a moment for a few more cultural highlights of the last 365 (give or take a few), particularly the ones that dared to reimagine beloved classics. Yes, I’m talking about “remakes.”

In a world screaming for originality, the remake gets a bad wrap. And, to be fair, a lot of remakes deserve that wrap. I will not contest that the world is full of many pointless remakes that don’t have good enough answers to the one basic question you should have to answer before you embark on such a scheme—Why? Read the rest of this entry

…honour Christmas in our hearts


For a storyteller, inspiration can strike anywhere at any time, and in the case of Charles Dickens in “The Man Who Invented Christmas” that process is put before us in the most fantastical way imaginable.

For many I imagine Charles Dickens is a name only, sure it’s connected to some of the greatest books of all time, “Oliver Twist,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Hard Times,” and I could be here for days, I think you get the point. But at the end of the day, he’s merely the name on those dust jackets.

This magical tale which weaves together history and a few more fantastic elements begins with Mr. Dickens (Dan Stevens) in dire straights following the flop of “Martin Chuzzlewit.” What? You haven’t heard of “Martin Chuzzlewit”? Read the rest of this entry

…hakuna matata

Happy weekend, crusaders! As we settle into this daylight savings weekend, I thought I’d take my extra hour to address the issue that’s dividing our nation. I’m of course referring to the live-action remake of “The Lion King.”

Seriously, since the full cast was announced earlier this week, the trending topic, staying power of this conversation is inspiring. And I applaud everyone for their conviction regarding this divisive topic.

To be clear, I’m not here to address the casting. I’ll let the Queen Bey fans hash that one out. They’re doing a great job. I’m here to address the recurring question — Why are they remaking “The Lion King” at all? Read the rest of this entry