At the Circus (1939) – Edward Buzzell

The comedic section of the chapter on Monstrous Apes in the fantastic DK Canada book, Monsters in the Movies, brings me a Marx Brothers classic which I had never seen, and consequently as delighted to settle in for. Groucho, Harpo, and Chico lend their hysterical aid to the owner of a circus, Jeff Wilson (Kenny…

Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941) – Edward F. Cline

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies continues to make a monkey out of me with their chapter on monstrous apes as it doles out another comedic entry. That being said, I’m not a W.C. Fields fan. His character is always the same, and is extremely unlikable as far as I’m concerned. He’s an alcoholic, and…

Isn’t It Romantic (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

Coming to blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers is this surprisingly fun rom-com starring Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, Priyanaka Chopra and Liam Hemsworth. And honestly, I was pleasantly surprised at how cute and enjoyable it is. Wilson plays Natalie an unhappy woman who works as an architect, but more often is the low person…

Mary Poppins Returns (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

The Oscar nominated Mary Poppins Returns comes home on blu-ray and DVD today from Disney. Marrying the nostalgia of the original film, released some fifty-four years ago, with a poignant and emotional new story, the character comes back to the big screen (and now home) with the wonderful Emily Blunt stepping comfortably and confidently into…

The Monster Club (1981) – Roy Ward Baker

Boy is this one a doozy, coming on the coat tails of The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, the next werewolf title up for review in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies is a rather lackluster affair. An anthology film whose only werewolf is the secretary of the club, the Monster club in the title. Despite…

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (1993) – The Scandal of 1920

Young Indy’s (Sean Patrick Flanery) adventures are coming to a close in this the penultimate story. Jonathan Hales wrote this television movie that first aired on 3 April, 1993. Indy has left Chicago and is heading to New York for the summer. He’s going to be working as a stage hand in George White’s (Christopher…

La La Land (2016) – Damien Chazelle

From its opening, marrying classical screen musical tropes and modern times, Chazelle’s film proves that not only is the big screen musical still alive, it is in fact a vibrant event. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as two Hollywood dreamers, Mia and Sebastian. She’s an aspiring actress, he’s a jazz pianist who dreams of…

Allegiance: A Cineplex Event

George Takei’s passion project, and historically important musical, Allegiance is getting a one night Cineplex Event. Inspired by Takei’s own experiences during World War II, the story, featuring music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Kou, Mark Acito and Lorenzo Thione, follows the Kimura family in America after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor….

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) -Mel Stuart

The late Gene Wilder stars in this iconic adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale, that is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my return to the Family genre. The film stands out in minds around the globe for its musical numbers and the terrifying tunnel trip…

An American in Paris (1951) – Vincente Minnelli

  Gene Kelly singing and dancing to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, sounds perfect and entertaining. And this Best Picture winner is definitely entertaining, and my next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Singin’ in the Rain. I feel bad, because I know this…

*batteries not included (1987) – Matthew Robbins

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book brings me to the next stop on my continued exploration of the genre, and this time around I’m checking in with Steven Spielberg. I’ve covered some of his other films prior to this, and it also gives a few he served as executive producer on, including this film from ’87…