The Royal Tenebaums (2001) – Funny, Then Sad, Then Funny Again

When it comes to Wes Anderson films, there is always a lot to talk about. I could talk about shot compositions, the soundtrack choices, the acting, or so much more. But, what I want to talk about is how the The Royal Tenebaums (2001) handles humor. Specifically, how it handles humor in a scene involving…

Castle In The Sky (1986) – I Watched The English Dub

I just want to get it out of the way. I watched the English dub. I don’t care if the Japanese dub is better. I’m a dumb American. Sometimes I just want to watch a movie, not read one. Plus, the DVD copy of the movie I found at my Dad’s house is only in…

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Review: …..NOT!!!!

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat Sagdiyev stole the hearts and innocence of filmgoers around the world with the release of Borat in 2006. It took 14 long years, but Borat is back and better than ever with the release of Amazon Studios’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. The sequel stars Sacha Baron Cohen as the now-iconic titular character…

ParaNorman (2012) – A Horror Movie For Kids

ParaNorman (2012) is a stop motion film about a young boy with the ability to talk to dead people. ParaNorman works as a film in two respects, as a children’s movie and as an introduction to the horror genre. Now, a lot of people hear “children’s movie” and immediately see that as a negative. I…

The Notebook (2004) – Now I’m Sad

Why did I do this to myself? I just- Sorry, let me get this out of the way first…. The Notebook (2004) is a romance movie, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. But, everyone knows it as the movie where the old people die at the end. Sorry…

The Rock (1996) – The Movie, Not The Person

Ah… Nick Cage. Gotta love him. The Rock (1996) is an action movie staring Nick Cage, Sean Connery (R.I.P.), Ed Harris, John C. McGinley. It is about a FBI chemical warfare specialist (Cage) who goes on a mission with a former British spy (Connery) after a U.S. General (Harris) takes hostages on Alcatraz. There is…

School of Rock (2003) – God, I Love This Movie

School of Rock (2003) is peak Jack Black. Which is to say, its a fantastic movie. School of Rock is a 2003 comedy about a down on his luck musician that pretends to be a substitute teacher to make money, only to find out his students are great musicians and makes a band with them….

“Rialto” Movie Review

I had the pleasure of interviewing the director of “Rialto”, Peter Mackie Burns, after watching the film. Before I share his answers to questions and insights from our chat, I’ll share with you a bit about the movie and how its unexpected journey of responsibility resonates from start to finish. (Free of spoilers, of course)….

Brother Bear (2003) – A Forgotten Disney Gem

I know that it is a bit of a cliche to say a movie is “forgotten” or “underrated”. But, if Brother Bear (2003) doesn’t fit the bill… As a kid, I loved it because of the fun songs and the movie’s humor but now, as an adult, I love it even more because of its…

The Great Muppet Caper (1981) – A Frog, A Bear, And A Whatever.

The Great Muppet Caper (1981) confirms something for me. The best Muppets movies are the ones where they don’t play themselves. Now, I love all Muppets content but, the best ones are the ones where the Muppets play characters. In this one, Kermit and Fozzie play identical twin brother reporters, yes you read that right,…

The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) – Together Again

They’re back! The Muppets are back! With everything you already love about them. Quirky humor! Fun songs! Graduating college! Wait… what? Huh… uh… Moving on. Celebrity cameos! Tear jerking moments! Oh… wait… Now that I think about it… this one is a bit different. Let me start off by saying, I love the Muppets! I…

Les Miserables (2012) – I like Russell Crowe’s singing.

I’m not going to beat around the bush. You read the title. You know what this article is about. I’m just going to jump right into it. I don’t mind Russell Crowe’s singing in Les Miserables (2012). Is he a Broadway caliber singer? No. Of course not. But did he need to be? Yes, Anne…

The Producers (2005) – Springtime for Hitler

The first thing you need to understand is that this is a movie based on a play based on a movie about a play. The second thing you need to know is that its fantastic. The Producers (2005) is a musical-comedy, originally written by the legendary Mel Brooks, starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Will Ferrell,…

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) – Julia Roberts: Agent Of Chaos

Julia Roberts, or her character in this movie if you want to get technical, only exists in the universe as an agent of chaos. She is a tool of the universe. Wherever there is calm. The universe sends Julia Robert(‘s character). The movie begins with chaos in the kitchen of a restaurant. Why? Because Julia…

Never Been Kissed (1999) – Oh Boy, Where Do I Begin?

Um… Wow… Uh… This movie… this movie… If you don’t know, here is the IMDB plot description: “A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.” Seems simple enough. Right? But then you return to the title. Never Been Kissed (1999). Sounds like a romantic comedy. It is. And it…

Goldeneye (1995) – A Goofy Spy Movie

This movie is pretty goofy. But, the good kind of goofy. The fun kind of goofy. Its not a gritty realistic James Bond like Daniel Craig’s, it’s a fun James Bond. Not to say the other ones are bad, but this one has a certain fun charm to it. It’s an outlandish and crazy spy…

Quantum of Solace (2008) – More Like James Boring. Am I Right?

James Bond movies should not be boring. No movie should be. But with James Bond, it should be pretty easy to make it not boring. But somehow, Quantum of Solace (2008) managed to make it boring. I think its boring for two simple reasons. First, I just want to say that Daniel Craig still kills…

The Town (2010) – The Most Boston Movie To Ever Boston

BOSTON! GO SOX! GO PATS! That’s Boston. Now, I’m not from Boston but I am from Massachusetts and to anyone outside of Massachusetts, all of Massachusetts might as well be Boston. So… GO SOX! The accents! The terrible roads! The awful city planning! THAT’S. BOSTON. BABY! OK, I’ll be honest. I thought I’d have more…