Guuuuurl, let me tell you, I have hated me some Disney remakes this past couple of years. Cinderella was boring and forgettable. And Disney gave us what they thought we wanted with Beauty and the Beast, yet missed the mark (See my review of BATB here). But there’ve been a few diamonds in the rough. Most notably, Maleficent, with its spin on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. I LOOOOOVE the mother-daughter connection in that film. I’ve also heard the Dumbo movie was alright; though, you’ll have to tell me, because I’m not brave enough to find out. (I cry ugly tears for that baby elephant.)
Why do I love The Princess Switch? Because love stories, however ridiculous, warm my heart. I’m a shallow, shallow woman, and as long as the acting is decent and I’m personally attracted to the cast, I’m all in. But what truly makes The Princess Switch stand out among the other candy cane and hot cocoa romances, is that in this tale, you get two love stories for the price of one! Continue reading →
All nineties kids know the story: beautiful Belle gives her freedom to the terrible (but really not so terrible) Beast, in exchange for her father’s life. We’ve seen Belle and the Beast dine and dance and snowball-fight their way to a friendship… then love. And we’ve seen it all come to a head as the last petal of the rose falls. What we hadn’t noticed, was Disney’s slow decent into the cash-grab frenzy of Hollywood remakes. Until now. Ugh. Continue reading →
The day finally came. After months and months of posting about the Harry Potter prequel/spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I was finally sitting in the theater waiting for the famous Harry Potter score to start playing. I was so excited. I was in a room full of HP fans all waiting for this moment. We got there early, we sat in those movie theater seats for FOREVER, we watched ridiculous commercials, we idly passed the time by answering the trivia questions in our heads, we sat though 25 minutes of previews, and then…the music started. And we were all back. Back in our Harry Potter happy places. Continue reading →
Doctor Strange is simultaneously the same comic book movie fair we’ve seen from Marvel in the past and an exciting new chapter in superhero movies. It’s the story of an arrogant man who is forced to become humble and transforms into a hero in the process… just like Iron Man… just like Thor. However, this time it feels and looks different.
Last year, two actors I adore were going to be in a movie together and I was incredibly excited to see it for that reason. Then time came around for the film to come out and I completely forgot about it. Oops! In my defense, it was Thanksgiving weekend, which in my family is about food, not films. I meant to come back around to the movie eventually but it bombed at the box office, was a critical flop, and disappeared from the spotlight pretty quickly. Recently, I was reminded of the film and finally sat down to take a look at it. Continue reading →
Universal Pictures listened to us following Snow White and the Huntsman. We didn’t like K-Stew. She’s out. We loved Charlize. She’s back. We hated the underdeveloped and awkward romantic non-plot. This time, love is determined to conquer all. What’s that you say? There was no humor in the last movie? Here you go… jokes, jokes everywhere! Thank you, Universal, for listening. Too bad the result was an entertaining but messy bit of cinema that felt like there were far too many cooks in the kitchen while it was being baked. Continue reading →
I love movies based on Stephen King books. It doesn’t matter if they’re outdated, I’ll still watch them. I could watch The Stand over and over again. So when I heard that the movie A Good Marriage was now on Netflix, I happily clicked the play button. A Good Marriage is based on the short story by Stephen King with the same name. It’s included in a book of short stories called Full Dark, No Stars. If you haven’t read the book, I recommend you do. It is a great example of King’s knack for creating characters that everyone feels they’ve known forever. His gift for taking ordinary people and tossing them into evil situations leaves readers rubbing their hands together in delight. Now that I’ve loved on the book a little bit, let’s move on to talking about the movie, shall we? Continue reading →
I’ve always known I that I have issues with roaches. I got married partly because my dad was no longer there to take care of those giant, flying monstrosities that plague Alabama during the summer. Just the thought of Stormship Troopers gives me more nightmares than sitting through The Exorcist. But I didn’t think ants bothered me much… until I watched Marvel’s Ant-Man and found out that swarms of the critters on a 30-foot screen is enough to make my skin crawl for two solid hours.