I’m hardly a cynic and was reluctant to

I’m hardly a cynic and was reluctant to read this article at first based on the title alone. Fortunately, I found it to be one of the best conceived articles I’ve read regarding highfalutin positive messages in children’s movies. While I am a supporter of dreaming big, having positive regard, self-esteem, and achievement, I also … Continue reading

Thought provoking article on the field o

Thought provoking article on the field of film criticism: http://ow.ly/lszZ3

‘Hope Springs’ eternal

One of the reasons why I adore movies is because of their ability to communicate meaningful messages to a wide audience, the emphasis here being on ‘meaningful’.  Hope Springs is one such film as it effectively conveys one of life’s more difficult messages, namely, the struggles of aging in marriage. In my experience as someone … Continue reading

The Hunger Games: satisfying not satiating

When I picked up a copy of Suzanne Collins book “The Hunger Games” I had high hopes. The novel was highly recommended to me by friends, colleagues, and even my former students (all tweens). After reading all three books and seeing the recently released film I’m left feeling satisfied, but with little else. Lengthy, but … Continue reading

The Lorax: A review you thneed to read

I think it must be especially challenging to take a beloved book and translate it to film. I think it must be an even a greater undertaking to adapt a highly praised and cherished children’s book that is shorter than a novella (to say the least) into an 86 minute 3D feature. That is to … Continue reading

Shame: an unabashed review

It seems strange to admit that I loved director Steve McQueen’s Shame, but I did. Shame is unnerving, disheartening and at times downright difficult to watch, but more importantly, the film is a brutally honest and intimate portrayal of human depravity, impeccably depicted by a talented cast and gifted director. Shame tells the story of … Continue reading

(When I went) Haywire: A Review

I would not have seen Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, Haywire, if it hadn’t been for the review I happened to catch on NPR. The review made the film sound stylish, original and thoughtfully executed (which is not how the trailer portrayed the film with its’ clips of violence and over-the-top music). So I bought a ticket and hoped for … Continue reading

What I smuggled out of Contraband

I recently caught a late night showing of newcomer Baltasar Kormakur’s film, Contraband, on a whim. The marketing of this film hit Boston heavy, as I suspect every Mark Wahlberg film does as he and his brothers are hometown celebrities. However, when I first saw the posters, billboards and eventually the action-packed trailer, I had zero … Continue reading

The girl who watched The Dragon Tattoo

I am not someone who believes you should read the book before you watch the movie, or that you should read the book after the movie. Books and films are two separate mediums and I consider them to be two separate art forms and should be judged on their own merits. Having said that, when … Continue reading

What I spied in Tinker Tailor

              Last night I caught the 9:25 showing of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a film I had been wanting to see for quite some time. The last movie I caught in theaters was a New Year’s Eve showing of Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol in a giant IMAX theater … Continue reading