Alice in Wonderland (2010) – Tim Burton 

  The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of The Wizard of Oz, is a bit of a swing and a miss. Combining Disney and Burton with a much beloved classic like Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland seems like an easy winner, but I was less than…

Interstellar (2014) – Christopher Nolan

  Sure, it took me a while to get to this one, but it’s been a big month, and for me this is worth the wait. With recognizable influences from 2001: A Space Odyssey (the return of silence to space, and walking, talking robots that resemble the iconic Monolith) and Contact (not the least of…

Les Miserables (2012) – Tom Hooper

  So after you win an Academy Award for the King’s Speech, what do you do? If you’re Tom Hooper apparently you take on the world’s most beloved musical Les Miserables. The stage version, with music and lyrics by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel and Herbert Kretzmer seems to have run for time immemorial, based on the…

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

I’m sorry Mr. Nolan, but for me, The Dark Knight Rises is a bit of a fumble. It’s by no means a terrible film, and for a running time of 2 hours and 45 minutes it tends to move pretty well. The film doesn’t suffer from faults in its pacing or editing, I just felt…