Jan 23 2018

OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2018!

By | January 23rd, 2018|Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, War|0 Comments

In one of the more entertaining Oscar nomination ceremonies in recent memory, Andy Serkis and Tiffany Haddish announced the nominations for the 90th Annual OSCARS this morning from California. THE SHAPE OF WATER lead with 13 nominations. By my calculation, there were a few flubs, snubs, & surprises: --Spielberg was snubbed as Best Director for [...]

Jan 20 2018

MOVIES:PHANTOM THREAD/THE POST/I,TONYA

By | January 20th, 2018|Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies|0 Comments

If only PHANTOM THREAD had been based on real life couture god Charles James. At least the clothes would have been beautiful. Here Daniel Day-Lewis as designer Reynolds Woodcock spends the entire movie needling his seamstresses as they sweat over what look like aproned doilies and lumpy Halloween costumes. OK. A few of [...]

Dec 23 2017

MOVIES/YUMMY&CRUMMY: STAR WARS/THE GREATEST SHOWMAN/THE SHAPE OF WATER/WONDER WHEEL

By | December 23rd, 2017|Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Kids, Movies, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Trailers|0 Comments

They didn't make my Five Fave Films of 2017 so far, nor are they all the Boston area Film Critics choices, but here’s another batch of films, like cookies for the holidays-- yummy & crummy; some to be savored, some to be consumed guiltily in the dark, and some cookies, well, should be tossed.  [...]

Dec 15 2017

FIVE FAVES: Call me by your name/Lady Bird/The Florida Project/Dawson City:Frozen Time, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

By | December 15th, 2017|Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Romance|0 Comments

It's been another tough year for me at the movies. The swamp of desperately-plotted comedy and superhero sequels clogged with action sludge-- pulled me down, but not out. I hung on until late fall, when the cinematic floodgates opened to release a wave of excellent movies I'm still riding.  I have not yet seen PHANTOM [...]

Dec 10 2017

2017 FILM CRITICS AWARDS:BOSTON SOCIETY FILM CRITICS/BOSTON ONLINE FILM CRITICS!

By | December 10th, 2017|Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Kids, Movies, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, War|0 Comments

It happened this weekend: The BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS (of which I am a veteran member) met for the 37th time and voted Paul Thomas Anderson's PHANTOM THREAD (which a significant number of critics have not yet seen) starring Daniel Day-Lewis in his ostensible farewell performance as a fictional couturier, the BEST FILM [...]

Dec 04 2017

WIN TICKETS: URBAN NUTCRACKER!!

By | December 4th, 2017|Dance, Joyce's Choices, Music|0 Comments

photo: Peter Paradise URBAN NUTCRACKER Boston is pleased to offer Joyce’s Choices followers A CHANCE TO WIN one of four Family-4 packs (4 tickets!) to see the Tony Williams Ballet Company production of Urban Nutcracker at John Hancock Hall on FRIDAY DECEMBER 22 at 7:30pm!       The show is SO much fun! It's MORE [...]

Dec 01 2017

ONSTAGE NOW: THE COLOR PURPLE/THE 39 STEPS/SHE LOVES ME

By | December 1st, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

Here's what to rush out and see now: THE COLOR PURPLE!! WOW. I saw a local production of this several years ago and it left me cold. The production now onstage at the SHUBERT THEATRE is on fire! A jubilant prayer of a musical which won Tonys for best revival of a musical in 2015, [...]

Nov 21 2017

THEATER: “TARTUFFE” A timely tale

By | November 21st, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

"Pious, pompous, puffed up twits" beware: the Huntington Theatre Company's TARTUFFE is a screamingly funny, jubilant debunking of fakery in all its forms! Moliere's 17th century satire anticipated "the Enlightenment" as reason trumps religious pretense in this tale of a hypocritical holy man Tartuffe (actor/comedian Brett Gelman "Stranger Things") who hoodwinks a gentleman and head of [...]

Nov 16 2017

MOVIES:”LADY BIRD” soars above the rest!

By | November 16th, 2017|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Horror, Movies, Romance|2 Comments

I have been beyond bored with movies this season. THOR still dominates the box office and is playing on 3 screens at my local multiplex. Just not excited about the god of thunder or comedy sequels: DADDY'S HOME  2  (second place at the box office) or A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS both featuring intergenerational hi-jinks at [...]

Oct 23 2017

THEATER/ “OLEANNA”: Sexual Harassment Revisited

By | October 23rd, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

A fierce and fiery production of "OLEANNA" is now onstage at New Rep Theatre, written by David Mamet and directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue. I remember seeing this explosive kernel of a play in its world premiere in Cambridge in 1992; it starred William H. Macy and Rebecca Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) and was the first [...]