Mar 21

Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review


I believe one of the best animated movies of all time is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 1991. Even critics and the academy agree as it became the first animated movie to receive an Oscar Best Picture nomination, competing among the best such as JFK and The Silence of the Lambs.  The Silence of the Lambs was a formidable opponent and considered one of the best movies of all time. Had it competed on a year when nominees where mediocre at best (trust me we are seeing more of that lately), it would have stood a chance.

When Disney announced it was releasing a live action version of the movie, I could almost imagine all the things that can go wrong with it.  Of course, we all held hope that Disney would create magic once again.  Well, we finally saw the movie last weekend.  It was not a total disaster.  But it still could not hold a candle (or a candelabra ha ha ha) to the original animated movie. ( Read more )

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Feb 27

La La Land Wins Best Picture . . . Almost (Whew!)

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Was that Steve Harvey announcing the Oscar Best Picture winner? Oh, it’s Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.  This time, the victims are the crew of La La Land as they cheer and go up the stage to take the honor, only to find out Beatty was given the wrong card and the true Best Picture winner is Moonlight.  That’s another one for the books.  I sank on my seat when I heard La La Land.  I would’ve cheered for any other movie except La La Land.  I don’t think it was even worth the nomination.  It was mediocre and flat. Ryan did look cool dancing . . . but it wasn’t enough to win me over. It was still a meh movie to me. Any chance Emma Stone’s win was also a misread? Aw shucks! ( Read more )

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Jan 12

A Series of Unfortunate Events Done Right


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If someone tells us to stop and look away, we will not be able to help ourselves, right?  How can we not look?  Well, this has been Lemony Snicket’s suggestion when you start reading his books, A Series of Unfortunate Events.  It’s a brilliant invite, validated by the success of the series worldwide.

I have never read the books and just saw the movie where Jim Carrey played Count Olaf.  Reviews of the movie weren’t good.  I didn’t understand why many hated the movie version as I did find it entertaining.  Well, how many movie adaptations ever lived up to its written version?  My only gripe was that I never found out the secret of the Baudelaire parents.  While many blamed Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Count Olaf, I don’t think he could have played it any other way.  Jim Carrey’s characters were always over the top and cartoony. Of course, no matter how outlandish he played the role, I feel like Sunny took the spotlight away from everyone.

But I may finally get a chance to see the story in a different perspective.  Ever since Netflix released the mysterious teaser online, I was excited to see the tv version.  Maybe the books finally found the right platform for its adaptation.  Now, there is more time to see the entire series of 13 books (crossing my fingers). ( Read more )

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