Some years ago, I enjoyed a spirited argument with a friend about a movie. I was strongly in favor; she was apathetic, to say the least. Some of you, like my friend, may not be fans. It’s possible you are offended by the many continuity gaffes. Perhaps you can’t get past the clunky, rather claustrophobic, sets. Maybe… Continue reading “Play La Marseillaise. Play it!”
Answer: People mostly concerned about money and/or (increasingly) politics is my guess. Case in point, the casting of Tom Cruise as Lee Child's anti-hero in the two "Jack Reacher" movies released a few years ago. I'm a fan of the books, and read them as fast as Child churns them out (pretty fast; the series… Continue reading Question: Who Makes Those Casting Decisions, Anyway?
Following upon the heels of Netflix’s much panned Anne of Green Gables: Sturm und Drang (Not the title of the film, but you get the idea), in which her mean adoptive father dies of a heart attack after beating Anne senseless, a creepy man with suggestions of molester or pedophile almost kidnaps her before she is… Continue reading Desperately Seeking Peter Rabbit: Sony Pictures Misses the Mark
A little more than sixty years ago, after many unsuccessful attempts to sell his pet idea as a television special, a former piccolo player in John Philip Sousa’s band who had moved on to a career as a musical director for the NBC radio network and as a successful Hollywood composer, scoring such movies as… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “I always think there’s a band, kid.”
She’s known best, not for her own words, but for those put in her mouth by others. For six years, much to our delight, Maggie Smith has seamlessly inhabited the person of Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham. The character is a remarkable old lady with a (well-protected) soft heart, a sharp tongue, and a bon… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “What is a weekend?”