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Dec 01 2011

MOVIE: HUGO

By | December 1st, 2011|Drama, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies|2 Comments

HUGO is not the first "family" film ever directed by Martin Scorsese.  But it may be the first "family" film he's directed that didn't involve wiseguys shoving bodies in trunks in between mouthfuls of lasagna. Over the years,  Scorsese has focused his lens on various milieus that have their own special kinds of violence--  GOODFELLAS, [...]

Nov 23 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN

By | November 23rd, 2011|Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Movies, Romance|0 Comments

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN is the single most effective antidote to teen pregnancy I've ever seen. It's cinematic birth control. Send your teenagers.  I saw it Monday afternoon in a theater with mostly single older ladies and one mother/daughter pair who apparently had not read the books; they looked shell-shocked as the credits rolled. The film [...]

Oct 02 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: 50/50! PLUS– MY FALL MOVIE PREVIEW!

By | October 2nd, 2011|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Epic & Historical, Fantasy, Movies, Romance, Thriller, War|0 Comments

I just became a contributor to EXHALE magazine and here's my first article all about the Fall Movie Season beginning with 50/50! (Ironically I am also a 3X cancer survivor, and am the subject of a separate feature story in the same issue of EXHALE about that experience.) Now that the car crashes of summer [...]

Jul 15 2011

MOVIE: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

By | July 15th, 2011|Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Movies|0 Comments

I saw it 4 nights ago, and as I emerged from the theater I heard a sniffling 17 year old girl in Potter garb exclaim through her tears, "My childhood is over and nobody cares." That sums up the fantastically successful Harry Potter series for a generation of fans who came of age along with [...]

Nov 19 2010

MOVIE: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

By | November 19th, 2010|Fantasy, Movies|0 Comments

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART I is a shocking surprise. It is absolutely gorgeous to look at, and the decision to turn the final book into two movies turns out to have been brilliant. What I at first thought was merely a greedy ploy to prolong the life expectancy of this cash cow [...]

Oct 26 2010

MOVIE: HEREAFTER

By | October 26th, 2010|Drama, Fantasy, Movies|0 Comments

Clint Eastwood, that long, lean, laconic cowboy of yesteryear, is thinking about death. In HEREAFTER he has crafted a movie that gently explores the subject of what lies beyond with soulful brevity and a flood of emotion; it begins with a violent tidal wave and ends in a wash of tenderness. Three stories gradually and [...]

Jul 01 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

By | July 1st, 2010|Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Movies, Romance|0 Comments

"THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE" TRAILER It's beyond an eclipse. It's a black out of intergalactic proportions. No one really expected this movie about Edward (Robert Pattinson) the vampire and Jacob(Taylor Lautner) the werewolf fighting over Bella (Kristen Stewart) the reluctant Swan to be great art. But I didn't expect it to put me into a [...]

Mar 10 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: ALICE IN WONDERLAND

By | March 10th, 2010|Family, Fantasy, Movies|0 Comments

I was with Alice from the minute she fell down that hole--and Tim Burton really took me there. ALICE IN WONDERLAND is a girl's journey. Unlike AVATAR in which the hero layers on a second, perfected self and thrusts himself into a new world doing battle in outer space, Alice falls inward in search of [...]

Dec 29 2009

Movie reviews: AVATAR/CORALINE(even better)

By | December 29th, 2009|Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies|0 Comments

Am having a movie orgy on vacation and just saw one that blows AVATAR out of the water-- CORALINE. If CORALINE was only half as brilliant as it is, it would still be 100 times more brilliant than AVATAR. I saw AVATAR a few weeks ago at a critics screening, and while I was initially [...]