Blithe Spirit Offers Laughs For Viewers

Blithe Spirit is the type of screwball comedy that will offer laughs this deep into the pandemic even if characters aren’t that likeable. Noël Coward’s play comes to the big screen or small screen depending on how you’re watching.  I cannot compare the film to the play because I haven’t seen it.  Nor can I compare it to the 1945 film or the 1956 TV movie.  To be fair, I had no idea that the…

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Artemis Fowl Tries To Do Too Much In 94 Minutes

The problem with Artemis Fowl is the same problem that plagued Green Lantern in that the film tries to do way too much during its run time. There are films that deserve the ire of Green Lantern and Independence Day 2. Hell, for all the problems with Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl deals with too much mythology to bring the books justice.  Disney was right to send this film to the vault that is Disney+.  I’m…

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Cats: The Worst Film of The Year and Decade

Cats may be musically pleasing to Broadway musical fans but for movie goers, the visual effects will only make someone want to gouge their eyes out. There’s a point in the film where Ian McKellen’s Gus The Theatre Cat says: “The theatre is not what it once was.”  To which a colleague of mine responded with “Amen.”  Amen indeed.  This film is quite the disgrace to theatres everywhere. Listen, I don’t know if anyone asked…

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All is True: William Shakespeare’s Last Days

All is True picks up after the tragic burning of the Globe Theatre and William Shakespeare retiring to a home life in Stratford. William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) is the greatest playwright of all time.  This is a film that tells is story following the Globe Theatre fire.  The fire would lead Shakespeare into retirement.  He would never write another play again.  Screenwriter Ben Elton draws upon what we know about the Bard and takes liberties elsewhere. …

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TIFF 2018: Red Joan falls short

In this era of The Americans and so many other crazy spy stories being told, Red Joan ultimately falls well short of its potential. While I’m not going to make this a compare/contrast with the popular FX series, it’s extremely disappointing to say that this film disappointed.  Considering that the film is headlined by Dame Judi Dench, the fact that it disappoints is frustrating. To most people, Joan Stanley (Dame Judi Dench) is just a…

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Murder on the Orient Express: Was This Remake Necessary?

Murder on the Orient Express makes for some great set pieces and period costumes but the whodunnit mystery doesn’t really need another adaptation. Director Kenneth Branagh, working from a screenplay written by Michael Green, has gathered an all-star cast but with so many suspects, there’s a major fight for screen time. A Rabbi, a Priest, and an Imam walk up to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and despite the making of a classic joke, there’s…

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