Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

The first time I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens about a year ago, I left the theater enthralled by the dynamic new characters, imprinted by the instantly-iconic new planets, and superbly entertained by an overall great film. I felt none of these during Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As the first stand-alone Star … Continue reading Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

“White Christmas” Bing-isms

There's a lot to love about Michael Curtiz's White Christmas: the music, its homey warmth, and certainly star Bing Crosby's otherwordly slang. Here are a few choice phrases with a rough translation, so you can bring a little Bing into your everyday speech: Slam-bang finish = a great finale Hunk of dynamite = star performer Mish-mosh = … Continue reading “White Christmas” Bing-isms

ANNOUNCEMENT: Criterion Book Club

Been brewing on this for a while, and excited to kick off 2017 with the Criterion Book Club. What is the Criterion Book Club? It's a monthly digital book club, focused on literature tying back to the films of the Criterion Collection. All are welcome to join the Facebook group here! These books can include: Novels/plays … Continue reading ANNOUNCEMENT: Criterion Book Club

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

One of the essential Christmas movies, It's a Wonderful Life has been entertaining, moving, and inspiring audiences for generations. Although not embraced by critics or the public in its initial 1946 release, it has since become one of the most beloved American films, both during the holidays and any season. Christmas films have come and … Continue reading It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)