INTO THE WOODS

With TANGLED before it and CINDERELLA coming next year, Disney’s production of this musical finds the same two lead characters alongside those from several other famous fairy tales, including Jack (of the Beanstalk) and Red Riding Hood. Happily, the filmmakers have forged a magical balance between the studio’s ever-assured family-friendly gloss and composer Stephen Sondheim’s … Continue reading INTO THE WOODS

THE INTERVIEW

There isn’t a lot left to say now that this movie has dominated the national discussion, largely because of the extra-cinematic circumstances surrounding its initial non-release and Sony’s subsequent reversal. To restate the obvious, however, it’s a somewhat shapeless, very hit-and-miss, mostly brainless bromance masquerading as a political satire, which had it been about a … Continue reading THE INTERVIEW

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

Peter Jackson for some reason saw fit to take Tolkein's relatively short book The Hobbit and stretch it out to three movies. The first movie a AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY definitely felt bloated with filler. DESOLATION OF SMAUG was a much better movie. It moved the story along briskly and had a wonderful combination of action … Continue reading THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

WHIPLASH

Would Charlie Parker have been Bird if a drummer hadn’t hurled a cymbal at him, motivating Parker to practice harder, get better and become one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century. What motivates a great artist? Can an average artist be pushed past his limits to become something greater? All of these questions … Continue reading WHIPLASH