Ash Wednesday and Lent

Picture, in your mind, a beautiful ballroom.  Men in tuxedos and women in gowns.  An orchestra is playing beautiful music while the men and women dance the waltz and other folk dances.  There is a sumptuous buffet laid out with every kind of delicacy and delicious pastry that that the mind of a master chef can conjure.  People are dancing and eating and talking and laughing.  Suddenly the bell in the high tower begins to …

January 19, 1953 Little Ricky is Born

Lucille Ball Married Desi Arnaz on November 30, 1940.  Lucille and Desi were head over heels about each other almost from the first moment they met.  Their courtship was strained because of distance and their ultimate marriage was an elopement because the two could be in the same city at the same time.

Their marriage for several years faired little better.  Desi was a band leader that got an occasional movie part.  Lucille was an …

The Why Of Pooh

At the turn of the 20th Century something strange took place in the world of literature.  A new page was turned, and a new genre born.  The world of Children’s literature came to light.  There had always been stories for children.  Mother Goose was fist published in 1780.  The Brothers Grimm let their Fairy Tales loose on the world in 1812.  The legends of Robin Hood and King Arthur though not essentially works for …

A Christmas Carol Tradition

A Christmas Carol may be the greatest piece of classic literature ever written, it can definitely be said that is the most popular ever written.  Very few people do not know the story, in fact even the name of the main character, Scrooge, has passed into our language as name to call someone who is mean and stingy.  But A Christmas Carol is much more than that.

A Christmas Carol was written in 1843 by …

Mary Poppins Returns

 

Directed by Rob Marshall

Starring Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda

Music and Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Williams

Based upon the Mary Poppins Novels by PL Travers

 

Wow!!!  That says it all after seeing the sequel to the 1964 Walt Disney Studio hit Mary Poppins.  Mary Poppins Returns is a marvelous magical musical movie, and where Disney returned to it’s roots with The Little Mermaid back in the early 90s. now …

Movies You Should Read For Adults

In my previous article, Movies You Should Read For Kids I stated that no book can easily be translated into a film or a play.  The stage and screen have limitations and so cannot possibly catch the fullness of words themselves, where movies have limitations, books have pure freedom.

I also mentioned that a book, in order to become a movie must go under a metamorphosis that is conducted by someone other than the original …

Murphy Brown Returns

Murphy Brown returned to CBS on September 27, 2018.  I was a huge fan of the show during it’s original run from 1988 to 1998 and was looking forward to it’s return.  I knew in the current political situation Murphy Brown, if handled well, could be a huge success if they followed a couple of rules, one, made the material as fresh as possible and two,  didn’t make the entire show about President Donald Trump.  …

The House With A Clock Built IN ITS Wall

The House with a Clock Built in its Wall

Directed By Eli Roth

Starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro and Kyle McLaughlin

It is awesome when Autumn comes around and the film industry offers us more than scary slasher flicks or remakes of horror movies that have been done more than is necessary.

The House with a Clock in its Wall is something truly unique.  It is part Harry Potter and Part Hocus Pocus.  …

Movies You Should Read For Kids

We are now living in an age where the senses are constantly stimulated.  Our eyes are bombarded with images both beautiful and terrifying and the same could be said for our ears.  Movies and TV  give us story after story, most of them adapted in some way from books.  After seeing the film versions of these books we think or feel that we no longer need to go back and read the original material.  We …

DC Comics Launches It’s First Streaming Service

DC Comics launches it’s first streaming service today.   Called The DC Universe this new streaming service and app has everything a DC fan could hope for and a little more.

 

The service which runs $7.99 a month or $74.99 for a year is full of great programing from the DC video vaults.  The original Superman Cartoon series by Max Fleisher is available followed by the Superman movie serial from the 1940s and then heading …

The Death of Superman: A Review

The Death of Superman

A Direct to Video Release

Directed by:

Jake Costorena and Sam Liu

With the voice talents of:

Jerry O’Connell (Superman), Rebecca Romijn (Lois Lane), Rainn Wilson (Lex Luther), Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern), Christopher Gorham (The Flash), Matt  Lanter (Aquaman), Shemar Moore(Cyburg), Nyambi Nyambi (Martian Manhunter) and Jacob O’Mara (Batman)

 

In 1991 DC comics had a problem.  They had spent six years leading up to the wedding …

Christopher Robin A Review

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Produced by The Walt Disney Studios

Directed by Marc Foster

Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Sara Sheen and Toby Jones.

Christopher Robin will soon join the ranks of such movies as Hook, Finding Neverland and Saving Mr. Banks.  This movie is not a bio-pic.  It is a fantasy.  It is not even a movie on the life of Christopher …