Arrival (2016)

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Arrival (2016)

We have probably all thought about it at one time or another.   What would it be like if (or should I invoke the glass half-full and say when) we are finally visited by an intelligent species from another world?  What would be gained once we stopped rattling the sabers and let the brain trust have […]

| April 24, 2017
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Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Any remake of Beauty and the Beast is going to be a tough sell for someone like me.  That 1991 classic so touch my heart and so shook my notions of what an animated feature could accomplish that any attempts to recapture its magic could only come off as an imitation.  That, in essence, is […]

| April 6, 2017
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Cave of Wonders Podcast, Episode 6: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Cave of Wonders Podcast, Episode 6: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Episode Six of our Disney podcast is our first “cheat episode.”  We’re looking into Steven Spielberg’s classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” (Jerry was so excited that he dressed up for this one!) Doug: Website: http://talkmovietome.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/basementnoise Jerry: Website: www.armchaircinema.com Oscar Site: www.armchairoscars.com Blog: www.armchaircinema/wordpress/com Twitter: https://twitter.com/armchaircma

| April 5, 2017
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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

I’m sorry, but if you don’t think that King Kong fighting a giant octopus is exciting, then you don’t have a pulse. Kong: Skull Island is the best time I’ve had at an action movie in quite a long time.  Here is a movie that I didn’t approach with a lot of anticipation — monster […]

| March 11, 2017
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The Winner is ‘La La Land’ . . . oh wait!

The Winner is ‘La La Land’ . . . oh wait!

La La Land, Damien Chezelle’s sweet romantic confectionary musical about struggling artists set amid the ocean side glow of The City of Angels won the top award of the evening Sunday night taking home only half of its fourteen nominations.  The top prizes included Best Picture, Best Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Actress for […]

| February 27, 2017
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My annual (and reasonably accurate) Oscar predictions

My annual (and reasonably accurate) Oscar predictions

If you aren’t in love with La La Land, the awards probably aren’t going to be much fun this year.  Yet, due to the Academy’s valiant attempt to make up for last year’s #oscarsowhite scandal, some well-deserving nominees will finally have their day.  Here now are my annual (and I think accurate) Oscar predictions in […]

| February 25, 2017
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 17: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 17: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

The only way that I can really deal with One Hundred and One Dalmatians in terms of watching the Disney animated features in succession is to put Lady and the Tramp completely out of my mind.  That lovely film extolled a kind of watercolor intimacy of a dog’s experience.  One Hundred and One Dalmatians isn’t […]

| February 19, 2017
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The Oscar Nominees: Rogue One (2016)

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The Oscar Nominees: Rogue One (2016)

From now until February 26th, I will be taking to be taking a brief look at the nominees for The 89th Annual Academy Awards, one film at a time in several categories. Nominated for: Best Visual Effects | Best Sound Mixing It is understandable to approach Rogue One – the Star Wars saga’s first stand-alone adventure […]

| February 15, 2017
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