Tag Archive | musical

Review: Les Miserables (2012)

***** When I was twelve years old, I was talking to my aunt about movies (the only subject I seem to be able to talk about), and I remember her saying that she wanted to see a large-scale, multi-million dollar production of  Boublil and Schönberg’s musical, Les Míserables. And, of course, being twelve years old, I did […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: The Artist (2011)

As we made a big deal about months ago, this last year’s Best Picture winner was a silent film (and a great one at that). And so it was natural, what with the DVD and Blu-ray still freshly released, for us to pick a scene to highlight from The Artist. And so, here it is. Jean […]

Best Heroes and Villains- Rocky Balboa and Sweeney Todd

Rocky Balboa: We kick off our list with the world’s greatest underdog. Rocky Balboa has the reputation for changing the sports genre forever. And you can understand why. Look at him. He’s a nobody, a street-rat. He fights in clubs, as a stepping stone for people who are actually somewhat serious. But in his desperation, […]

Review: The Muppets (2011)

***** I did not grow up in the years of The Muppet Show, but Jim Henson’s delightful little creations still brought joy to my childhood as far back as I can remember. With everything from The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Muppet Treasure Island, and The Great Muppet Caper to The Muppets Take Manhattan, I think the only Muppet film I didn’t see […]

Reason For Concern: A Societal Reflection on “The Artist”

Oscar season just ended, and by the time the Oscars came around, there weren’t many surprises in who and what took home trophies. Streep won Best Actress, “Hugo” took home best visual effects, and, of course, an underdog silent film won Best Picture.   When the black-and-white silent film, “The Artist” was nominated for Best […]