Tick, Tick . . . BOOM! (2021)

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Tick, Tick . . . BOOM! (2021)

I sat through the opening moments of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick . . . BOOM! with a strange sense of personal investment.  Jonathan Larson, the creator of “Rent,” sings about the pangs of his upcoming 30th birthday.  The timing here is a little odd since just 15 days ago, on November […]

| November 29, 2021
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A Study in Disney: ‘Make Mine Music’ (1946)

A Study in Disney: ‘Make Mine Music’ (1946)

Disney has been with us for almost a century now, and so it is safe to say that there might only be a finite number of people left whose childhood wasn’t touched by one of Walt’s confections.  They’re part of our culture, part of our collective imagination.  Over the next several months, I am going […]

| November 28, 2021
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A Study in Disney: ‘The Three Caballeros’ (1944)

A Study in Disney: ‘The Three Caballeros’ (1944)

Disney is as much a part of our lives as love and death.  It’s wrapped around us, and not just in our childhood.  There are thousands and thousands of Disney movies by this point but the one that really shape the company and the culture are the animated features.  Disney busted out of the gate […]

| November 26, 2021
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8-Bit Christmas (2021)

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8-Bit Christmas (2021)

Beyond my old standards, I guess I’ve reached the point at which I’ve stopped looking for the next big Christmas classic – that movie that will couch itself among my annual perennials like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street and Elf and A Christmas Story and even Die Hard.  You can’t force […]

| November 24, 2021
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A Study in Disney: ‘Saludos Amigos’ (1942)

A Study in Disney: ‘Saludos Amigos’ (1942)

Disney is as much a part of our lives as love and death.  It’s wrapped around us, and not just in our childhood.  There are thousands and thousands of Disney movies by this point but the one that really shape the company and the culture are the animated features.  Disney busted out of the gate […]

| November 24, 2021
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A Study in Disney: ‘Bambi’ (1942)

A Study in Disney: ‘Bambi’ (1942)

Disney is as much a part of our lives as love and death.  It’s wrapped around us, and not just in our childhood.  There are thousands and thousands of Disney movies by this point but the one that really shape the company and the culture are the animated features.  Disney busted out of the gate […]

| November 22, 2021
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A Study in Disney: ‘Dumbo’ (1941)

A Study in Disney: ‘Dumbo’ (1941)

Disney is as much a part of our lives as love and death.  It’s wrapped around us, and not just in our childhood.  There are thousands and thousands of Disney movies by this point but the one that really shape the company and the culture are the animated features.  Disney busted out of the gate […]

| November 20, 2021
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Black Friday (2021)

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Black Friday (2021)

It is hard to dismiss the horror-comedy Black Friday for ambition, however on the level of execution you admit to yourself that it never quite makes it to the winner’s circle.  That’s too bad because a Christmas zombie picture featuring horror icons Devon Sawa and Bruce Campbell could and should be a lot better. It […]

| November 19, 2021
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