Sometimes a good story is all a film needs to be successful. Khaled Hosseini’s novel is one of those stories and with a more-than-competent director in charge, “The Kite Runner” was set to fly as a film. Maybe not as high as one might expect, but there’s nothing but quality storytelling being done here. “The […]
In the spirit of having this wonderful new site, I have decided to take the Weekend Preview and begin to evolve it into a more user-friendly weekly staple of the site. In other words, I want this to be more like a guide to this weekend at the movies. Perhaps a future step that I […]
I normally don’t post this much in a day, but Apple has the trailer for the most anticipated movie of next summer, Iron Man 2, which could very well show up in the previews before Avatar, but if not, definitely Sherlock Holmes with RDJ starring in that one too.
Just got a copy of this for Chanukah, actually. It’s nice to thoroughly enjoy a comedy this decade without catching a single whiff of Apatow. The fact that audiences are eating up the boundary-crossing humor of “The Hangover” this summer and the famous producer of “Knocked Up” and “Superbad” nor any of his cronies (Seth […]
Another reason to love the Holiday movies season: awesome trailers. The Holidays have trailers for next summer’s movies and the summer flicks always showcase Holiday movie previews — it’s a beautiful cycle for those of us who love our trailers.
The Golden Globes, the awards ceremony that gets the Oscar buzz going, released its nominations today. Here are the film-related nominations with some commentary from yours truly. Best Picture – Drama Avatar The Hurt Locker Inglorious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire Up in the Air My Thoughts: Who would’ve thought Avatar […]
I think there’s actually a proverb somewhere that says “On one of three things a film contends for Oscars: Clint Eastwood directing, Morgan Freeman acting and a compelling historical figure as the lead role.” The person who first uttered this saying would take one look at “Invictus” and say: “well that’s not fair.” But despite […]
I’m sure Disney is thrilled to add “No. 1 movie in America” to its ads for The Princess and the Frog. But $25 million? Are we talking royal princess or wealthy daddy’s little princess? The unfortunate truth is that ticket sales of that number for a film costing $100 million or so to make won’t […]
Goodbye, Blogger! In the quest to make Movie Muse more awesome in a multitude of ways, I purchased the official domain and now present you MOVIEMUSEREVIEWS.COM. Same thing as before, only more professional. It’ll be easier for you and easier for me in the long run. After working out a few kinks with the help […]
In a decade where CGI has dominated all animated forms of entertainment and a year where 3D has exploded into prime time, Walt Disney Studios steps back, reaches into its old bag of tricks and pulls out its first hand-drawn feature in five years. The decision might feel like a ploy to boost Disney merchandising […]
You’ve waited maybe 24 hours … wait no more. This is for those of you that didn’t see Part 1 (10-6) 5. Cinderella (1950) Ahh, another classic tale just brimming with positive social concepts about women. Cinderella, however, is just a better film than Snow White. It’s a lot more magical and captivating in that dreamy fantasy […]
Welcome back, Disney. After five or ten years (depending on if you count anything after Tarzan), Disney delivers a new feature-length 2D animated film. What a statement to be making in 2009, the year of the 3D explosion in movie theaters. Singing and dancing, talking animals, princesses and more, The Princess and the Frog offers at least […]
Almost everyone who grew up in the ‘80s and/or ‘90s has some kind of nostalgic attachment to a Walt Disney 2D animated feature. (It’s a sad world we live in now that “2D” is a required adjective in that sentence.) Hours of our childhoods were devoted to watching a singular Disney title over and over […]
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a good cat-and-mouse thriller done old school, and that’s exactly what “Public Enemies” is. Merely trade in your usual summer crime movie full of thieves in ski masks wielding uzis for ones wearing suits and fedoras armed with tommy guns and suddenly you’re getting entertained Great Depression-style. “Public Enemies” […]
Predicting who will win the box office hasn’t been as hard as I thought, but this was one of those weeks where I’m pretty pleased with my prediction. The Blind Side, its third week, surpassed New Moon to take No. 1. Box office winners have been clear-cut with a few surprises since I started this […]