Director: Robert Stromberg
Writer: Linda Woolverton
(Based on the story “La Belle au bois dormant” by Charles Perrault)
From what I understand the Maleficent character is a huge merchandise seller for Disney hence the creation of this film. Besides a kind of fun performance from Jolie this movie didn’t really do much for me. This film takes the story of Sleeping Beauty and says that what we knew wasn’t the real story and goes from there. I don’t really understand the need to take a great villain and neuter them by making them misunderstood and sympathetic in their own movie. The character was popular as a villain for a reason! There is also a kind of weird rape allegory in the middle of the movie that seemed strange considering this is a PG rated Disney movie. I know the kids wouldn’t see it the way I did but I couldn’t help but think about it.
Posted in Action, Drama, Fantasy
Tagged drama, action, fantasy, angelina jolie, disney, princess, elle fanning, lesley manville, imelda staunton, juno temple, curse, fairy, birthday, sam riley, james newton howard, sharlto copley, 2014, sleep, linda woolverton, maleficent, robert stromberg, charles perrault, La Belle au bois dormant, sleeping beauty, aurora, kiss, godmother, spindle
Director: Joe Dante
Writer: Chris Columbus
You aren’t supposed to get a Mogwai wet or feed it after midnight but when can you start feeding? 6 am? Whenever the sun comes up? I have always wondered this.
This movie TERRIFIED me as a kid but I was totally drawn to it. Whenever I happened upon it on TV I would watch it and then when it felt to intense I would change the channel only to change it back in a minute or two. Repeat that until the end and that is how I watched Gremlins the first time or two. This year Gremlins is kicking off the Christmas movie season (yes this is a christmas movie). Going to try and watch as many as I can without going mad!
Posted in Comedy, Horror
Tagged 1984, china, chris columbus, christmas, comedy, corey feldman, gizmo, gremlin, gremlins, horror, Hoyt Axton, joe dante, keye luke, midnight, mogwai, monster, pet, Phoebe Cates, small town, stripe, Zach Galligan
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer: Cameron Crowe
One of my favorite movies of all time. It just overwhelms me with warmth and happiness. When I first saw it I wish it had just gone on and on I enjoyed the world and the characters so much. This “Bootleg Cut”, or Untitled as it says in the opening credits, is about 45 minutes longer and still a joy and without a doubt my favorite Cameron Crowe film. While the theatrical cut is definitely the stronger of the two versions this is still a great watch. I wish the Blu-Ray included both but right now only the longer cut is available.
Posted in Comedy, Drama, Musical, Review, Romance
Tagged almost famous, almost famous: the boogleg cut, anna paquin, article, band, band aid, bijou phillips, billy crudup, bootleg, bus, cameron crowe, comedy, crush, drama, drugs, elton john, eric stonestreet, fairuza balk, frances mcdormand, groupie, guitar, jason lee, Jay Baruchel, jimmy fallon, journalism, journalist, kate hudson, kevin sussman, kyle gass, lester bangs, love, magazine, marc maron, music, musician, nancy wilson, nick swardson, noah taylor, patrick fugit, philip seymour hoffman, rainn wilson, rock, rock and roll, rolling stone, sex, stillwater, tiny dancer, tour, untitled, zooey deschanel
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Writers: Scott Mosier and Jimmy Hayward
(Story by David I. Stern & John J. Strauss)
A nothing special kids movie with barely any crossover appeal that is aimed at the under 12 set. Not too many Thanksgiving movies so I gave it a shot.
Posted in Animated, Comedy
Tagged amy poehler, animated, animation, birds, colm meaney, comedy, dan fogler, david i. stern, free birds, george takei, history, holiday, indian, jimmy hayward, john j. strauss, keith david, native american, owen wilson, pilgrim, pizza, scott mosier, thanksgiving, time travel, turkey, woody harrelson
Director: Alehandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Writers: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo
Great! Loved the performances, the direction, the look, the feel, the music, just everything!
Posted in Comedy, Drama
Tagged 2014, acting, actor, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alexander Dinelaris, amy ryan, Armando Bo, arnon milchan, birdman, broadway, celebrity, comedy, critic, damian young, drama, edward norton, ego, emma stone, emmanuel lubezki, fame, famous, merritt wever, michael keaton, naomi watts, new york, new york city, Nicolas Giacobone, nyc, play, superhero, the birdman, theater, theatre, zach galifianakis
Director: Stephen Merchant
Writers: Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg
Posted in Comedy, Romance
Tagged 2014, adam campbell, allison tolman, boat, california, christine woods, comedy, gene stupnitsky, girlfriend, hbo, hello ladies, hello ladies: the movie, hollywood, kevin weisman, kyle mooney, la, lee eisenberg, los angeles, model, nate torrence, nelson franklin, nicole kidman, party, romance, romantic comedy, stephen merchant, stephen tobolowsky