The trailers for Hotel For Dogs make much of the Rube Goldberg devices that are created for the titular hotel and, in truth, they are pretty amazing. The film is not nearly as much fun, but it does have its good points. Andi [Emma Roberts] and her little brother, Bruce [Jake T. Austin] are foster […]
MOVIE REVIEW: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Youth, Apparently, Is Not Wasted on the Young!
One of the strangest – and yet most normal – films of the year is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Even you’ve not been paying attention to pop culture for the last six months, it would hard not to have heard about the movie about the guy who ages backwards while living forwards. Directed […]
MOVIE REVIEW: Slumdog Millionaire – Can 20,000,000 Rupees Buy Happiness?
Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire tells a pretty basic rags-to-riches tale that has oddly charming and wrenchingly violent sidetracks. It begins when Jamal Malik’s [Dev Patel] hot streak on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire culminates in a ten million rupee total before he is taken away by police on charges of […]
DVD Review: PIXAR Outfits The WALL*E 3-DVD Set With A Cornucopia of Goodies!
When WALL*E premiered, I described it as follows: “WALL*E is the best film of the year – let alone the summer – so far. Easily.” While that was before The Dark Knight and a number of amazing smaller films came out, this eco-fable/romance between the decidedly blue collar trash compacter on tank treads and the […]
MOVIE REVIEW: Twilight – Lush, Romantic and Empty
Twilight is beautiful to look at, with its sweeping vistas, picturesque small town streets and almost inhumanly beautiful cast. It’s well filmed, though there are far too many close-ups and tight two-shots for my taste. The editing is flawlessly; Catherine Hardwicke does a perfectly fine job of eliciting performances from the cast – and the […]
DVD REVIEW: Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty: 50 the Anniversary Platinum Edition – The Pinnacle of Disney’s Hand Animated Achievement!
Although the Sleeping Beauty fairytale has been around for much longer, Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was inspired by the Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky ballet – some of Tchaikovsky’s music is even quoted in the score. Sleeping Beauty is remarkable for a number of reasons: it was the first Disney film to be done in an angular, […]
TELEVISION: The Ex List: Grey’s Anatomy’s Ava Strikes Out On Her Own!
Elizabeth Reaser did such a great job of playing the badly injured Ava/Rebecca on Grey’s Anatomy that it seems only right that she should have asked to front a series of her own. The Ex List [CBS, Fridays, 10/9C] is a bit of a high concept dramedy – Bella Bloom [Reaser] is told by a […]
MOVIE REVIEW” WALL*E Is Simply Dazzling!
With an A-story that features the love story between WALL*E [Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth Class] and EVE [Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator], and a B-story that involves humanity’s possible return to a post-apocalyptic Earth, WALL*E is more than a bit of a gamble on PIXAR’s part. Neither WALL*E nor EVE has a large vocabulary [at […]