Last Christmas (***) pulls a few heart strings…

"Overall, the Last Christmas is a nice story that is better than most romantic films one might see on the Hallmark channel this time of year. I would not see it again, but it wasn't wasted time. "

Beauty and the Beast: Old and new it stands out of time…

Celebrate these films. They are gifts to humanity. There have always been beauties who were drawn to beasts that they had to learn to understand. There have always been beasts who are society's winners that smart girls know to avoid, too. This film has brought hope to many a bookworm girl and boy that they will someday meet and learn to accept one another. And grow. Everyone wants to feel like they can do that.

Bridget Jones’s Baby (**1/2) Just a little further…

Ultimately this is the story about Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy. In that respect, it feels more stilted than ever. Someone took happily ever after and broke it up only so they could make a couple of sequels. If it were only possible to make a happily ever after sequel that didn't involve the split ups.

Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks

                Mary Poppins - 1964 Director James Stevenson Starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns Screenplay Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi based on the book by P.L. Travers Saving Mr. Banks - 2013 Director John Lee Hancock Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell, B. J. Novak, Ruth Wilson Screenplay Kelly … Continue reading Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks

Beautiful Creatures is a sterile experience

Beautiful Creatures - 2013 Written and Directed by Richard LaGravenese Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson Based on the book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl First things first.  I hate the accent applied by Ehrenreich.  Normally bad accents don't serve as much of a distraction, but this one … Continue reading Beautiful Creatures is a sterile experience

Men In Black III – Fun B.S.

Men In Black III - 2012 Director Barry Sonnenfeld Starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson, Jermaine Clement,, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alice Eve Screenplay Etan Cohen In watching the early trailers for Men In Back III, the most amazing site is the one sight that was not considered a special effect.  That sight was Josh Brolin … Continue reading Men In Black III – Fun B.S.

CPE and Em (and El): You don’t have to save the world to be Brave

Brave - 2012 Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman Starring (voices) Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane, John Ratzenberger Screenplay by Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Irene Mecchi Expectations for Pixar lowered significantly over the last year.  Cars 2 was the kind of film released when a company is out … Continue reading CPE and Em (and El): You don’t have to save the world to be Brave

Cool Papa E’s Men In Black Series Reviews

Men in Black III is upon us, and while after a not so successful run through last time, word has it, the delay was worth it.  As we await the Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin opus, lets go back in time and review what we have seen thus far. Men In Black … Continue reading Cool Papa E’s Men In Black Series Reviews