Monthly Archives: December 2013

Inside Llewyn Davis – Film Review

Watching the new Coen brothers comedy/drama Inside Llewyn Davis is an odd experience.  It’s like starting a book somewhere around chapter five, reading about a hundred random pages, and then putting it down, even though there are several more chapters still to go.  You never quite a get a foothold on what’s happening. The film […]

Posted in Film

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Film Review

  Even if you never saw the first Anchorman film in 2004, it doesn’t matter.  With all the hype that has flooded the media during the past several months, at the very least you must have heard of Ron Burgundy.  The guy’s been everywhere.  From the talk-show circuit, commercials, car endorsements, even to surprise visits […]

Posted in Film

Miracle on 34th Street: Christmas Movie Classics: Part 5 of 5

We conclude this short series of Christmas themed films that are considered classics for one reason or another.  Today we end with Miracle on 34th Street. Miracle on 34th Street is a genuine American movie classic that today is ranked at number nine on the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies. 20th Century Fox […]

Posted in Christmas Classics

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Film Review

Director Peter Jackson clearly loves the imaginative world of J.R.R. Tolkien.  He can’t let it go.  After the enormous success of The Lord of the Rings, both commercially and artistically, he wanted to do it all over again, only this time his source material, The Hobbit, was considerably shorter, it’s plot more streamlined and it’s […]

Posted in Film

A Christmas Story: Classic Christmas Movies – Part 4 of 5

We continue our short series of Christmas themed films that for one reason or another are considered classics, regardless of age.  This week, A Christmas Story. Based on a book called ‘In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash,’ a collection of short stories by satirist Jean Shepherd, originally written for Playboy magazine, the family […]

Posted in Christmas Classics

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail – Theatre Review, Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

Since 1995 it has been an annual tradition.  A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail opened this weekend at Valley Youth Theatre, and even though the production has the same basic overall look as its predecessors, there are differences in both the presentation and performances that help keep this wonderfully seasonal production fresh and alive and always looking […]

Posted in Theatre