Moana (2016)

It opens with the familiar Disney castle logo, accompanied not by the orchestral fanfare we've grown accustomed to, but a solo female singing in Tokelauan (a Polynesian language), joined by a fuller choir, then the pounding of drums layering on deeper impact. Before the action even begins, we are immediately cued that this is a … Continue reading Moana (2016)

Life is the Bubbles

Nobody loved The Little Mermaid as much as I did. The music, the adventure, the characters, and the high-stakes drama - it was all two-year-old me could ask for in a movie. He could watch it every day, so he did. As soon as his big sisters were off to school, the daily Little Mermaid ritual began: … Continue reading Life is the Bubbles

Weekly Round-Up: June 05-11, 2016

This week had a few jumbled viewings, as I fell asleep and had to resume no fewer than three films. I watched: Tangerine (2015) - Outrageous, hysterical, and ultimately moving story of friendship between two prostitutes in a sun-bleached vision of Hollywood. Fully fleshed out characters and strong performances anchor what would otherwise be a camp-fest, … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: June 05-11, 2016

Weekly Round-Up: February 21-27, 2016

It's almost time! I didn't see all the movies I wanted to see by Oscar night (tonight!) but I did a pretty decent job, rounding out the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay nominees this week. I saw: V/H/S/2 (2012) - I don't know why I'm under the spell of these stupid movies. They're pretty easy … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: February 21-27, 2016