Monthly Archives: August 2014

Gimme Gimme Gimme: Review of “The Giver”

This is one of the worst posters I've ever seen. It could not be more generic. F-minus, Mr. Poster Maker Man. You're better than this, and I think you know it.

This is one of the worst posters I’ve ever seen; it could not be more generic. F-minus, Mr. Poster Maker Man. You’re better than this, and I think you know it.

Rated PG-13, 97 minutes (watched 8/23/14)

It’s a shame that this movie comes out so closely on the heals of DivergentThe Hunger Games, and endless trailers for The Maze RunnerThe Giver, based on the 1993 classic by Lois Lowry, is the grandaddy of the dystopian young adult genre and yet I fear uniformed moviegoers will only see this as yet another entry into the very crowded field. Continue reading

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Hooked on a Feeling: Review of “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Me thinks the poster designer has been studying Star Wars a little too closely.

SOMEBODY in the poster design department has seen Star Wars one too many times.

Rated PG-13, 121 minutes (watched 8/8/14)

Frozen is a good movie, but it’s not a great movie. What makes it an instant classic and not just another modern-era Disney movie (but with rocktrolls!) is a fantastic soundtrack chock full of earworms. Likewise, the classic musical Grease is a laughably bad movie with AARP members trying to pass as high school seniors. What turns it into a favorite is one of the best soundtracks ever. Continue reading

Bechamel and Tandoori Goat: Review of “The Hundred-Foot Journey”

Ah, look at the young lovers staring so tenderly into Helen Mirren's ears. I mean, who could blame them?

Ah, look at the young lovers staring so tenderly into Helen Mirren’s ears. I mean, who could blame them?

Rated PG, 122 minutes (watched 8/8/14)

Take one cup Ratatouille, a tablespoon Slum Dog Millionaire, whisk in Helen Mirren and a pinch of curry, then bake at 350 for two hours and you’ve got The Hundred-Foot Journey. Continue reading