Category Archives: Film

They Shall Not Grow Old – Film Review

The timeline leading up to the making of director Peter Jackson’s first world war documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, is an interesting one. Jackson’s grandfather, Sgt. William Jackson was English and fought in World War 1. As a boy, the director-to-be would hear stories of life in the trenches, stories he would never forget. […]

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Swimming with Men – Film Review

In his native Britain, Welsh actor Rob Brydon is a household name. The actor, comedian, impersonator, and BBC TV game show host is probably best known stateside as the other guy co-starring with Steve Coogan in The Trip to Italy and The Trip to Spain. In the new genteel comedy from England, Swimming with Men, […]

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Roma – Film Review

When the online streaming service Netflix expanded its operations and ventured into producing and supporting its own exclusively made films, the Cannes Film Festival declared a new ruling. It decided not to allow the subscription service or any other streaming service to participate in its schedule. The organizers insisted that Cannes wanted to preserve the […]

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A Christmas Story: The Play – Theatre Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

For adults, Christmas is when we reflect. A time for nostalgia. It’s the season where we glance back at previous years and try to recreate in the present what made the ones in the past seem so magical and exciting. When film director Bob Clark adapted the short stories of satirist and radio personality Jean […]

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The Favourite – Film Review

The story of director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite is the story of Anne, Queen of England. It was during Anne’s early eighteenth-century reign that both England and Scotland were united and became Great Britain. She remained the queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland until her death in 1714. But that’s altogether a different story. Politics […]

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Miracle on 34th Street – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

In 1963, when the Meredith Wilson Christmas musical first appeared, it was called Here’s Love. In fact, theatre purists still refer to the show by its original title. And if you look for the original cast album you’ll only find it only under the ‘H’ tab. But after a nineties revival in Toronto, and a […]

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