Beauty and the Beast

There’s something interesting about Disney’s current live-action remakes of their classic animated material, as seen with 2015’s Cinderella, 2016’s The Jungle Book, and now Beauty and the Beast (and I suspect it will continue with their coming revisits to Aladdin, The Lion King, and Mulan). Where as other remakes or reboots generally try to redefine and/or reset your perception […]

Kong: Skull Island

The world really didn’t need another King Kong movie. We have the 1933 classic (which no one is in danger of forgetting, I assure you), two separate remakes (one of which not being released that long ago), and a few weird spinoffs, not to mention the countless science fiction, fantasy and adventure films — everything from Mighty Joe […]

Logan

I recently saw Logan twice within a twenty-four hour period. The first time I saw it, I was unfortunate enough to be in the same theater as a family with no real film-manners to speak of. For the entirety of the picture’s run time, they made all manner of noise. The children whined (as a side […]

Hidden Figures

Well, today is the big day: the day of the Academy Awards. I mentioned in my review of Manchester by the Sea that I wanted to see some more of the Best Picture nominees before the winner was announced today, and last week I managed to make time to see Hidden Figures. A quick side note: […]

Manchester by the Sea

It’s currently Oscar season, and we now know all nine Best Picture candidates. While I’ve already seen Hacksaw Ridge and La La Land, I thought I’d try to check out at least a couple more nominees before the winner was decided in a couple of weeks. This past week I finally watched Manchester by the Sea, which was a good film but […]

Princess Mononoke (20th Anniversary Reflection)

I recently had the pleasure of attending a 20th Anniversary screening of acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 animated classic Princess Mononoke. The film is an important one for me, and it was true joy to be able to see it in a theater. For those of you who haven’t seen it, Princess Mononke is […]

La La Land

***Note: there are spoilers in this review. I will indicate the section in which they occur so that you may skip it if you like. *** We don’t really get many live-action movie musicals these days. Sure, you can still find musicals on Broadway and the occasional television special, but it’s increasingly rare to see one on the […]