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)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - Fiercely brilliant political puzzle, following a troubled Korean War vet piece together what happened overseas as a senator's sensational Communist accusations sweep the presses. Slightly slow at times but an overall masterwork, driven by sophisticated dialogue and genuine suspense. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) - Another one … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: March 27 – April 02, 2016
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) - Certainly the strongest of the prequel trilogy, this chapter follows the young Anakin Skywalker on his path to becoming Darth Vader. Ian McDiarmid steals the show as Senator/Emperor Palpatine in all his cackling glory. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - Spectacular sequel, with a … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: April 03-09, 2016
Beach Party (1963) - The one that started it all. Delightful pop musical introducing us to the cast of kids led by Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello in their prime, with a terrific soundtrack featuring the two leads plus Dick Dale and His Del-Tones. This isn't a masterpiece, but a wholly enjoyable piece of 1960s … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: March 20-26, 2016
Hope you all had a very happy holidays! Okay, I only saw one movie last week: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - Yep, still good the third time around. Tremendously entertaining sequel with terrific new characters - definitely worth the 32-year wait after Return of the Jedi. REQUIRED. Also, honorable mention for the Judy Garland TV Christmas … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: December 20-26, 2015
This past week was pretty busy - as the holidays are approaching, a lot more time has been focused on visiting family & friends (as it should be!) leaving smaller pockets of time for entertainment. After a couple false starts (starting movies and falling asleep instantly), I realize I've only seen one complete movie this week: … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: December 13-19, 2015
I didn't get to watch the original Star Wars back in May 1977, but seeing The Force Awakens on opening night sure feels like the next-best thing.