The Grinch

The Grinch \ Director: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier | Rating: 9/11 | The Grinch, the sauntering green creature who despises Christmas, has become one of the most recognizable symbols of the holiday season. His story of stealing Christmas from the Christmas-obsessed Whos and then having his heart grow two sizes has been told three times over: first as the book […]

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms | Director: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston | Rating: 8.8/11 | When Disney announced at D23 Expo 2017 they were making a live action film based on the story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the room didn’t know what to expect. As someone who grew up watching The Nutcracker ballet every holiday season, how could my childhood […]

Def Leppard: And There Will Be A Next Time…Live From Detroit

And There Will Be A Next Time…Live From Detroit | Director: Jim Yukich | Rating: 7/11 Although Def Leppard’s swagger (sonic and sartorial) may not be nearly as badass as Motley Crue and their anthems aren’t quite as infectious as Bon Jovi’s, it’s impossible for any fan of 80s hard rock (secretively or otherwise) to deny that the English rockers […]

Five Reasons To Watch Melissa Joan Hart’s Watcher in the Woods

Mysterious happenings, a woman with a secret and, of course, a watcher in the woods come together in the 1981 film Watcher in the Woods which, over the years, has grown into a cult classic. Count amongst the film’s fans Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) who decided to take on the project of remaking the Disney horror film […]

American Valhalla

American Valhalla | Directors: Josh Homme & Andreas Neumann | Rating: 9/11 It’s hard work being a living legend: expectations – those of others and those self-imposed – can be burdensome on the soul, but that pedestal is somewhat easier to rest upon when you A) are harshly and humorously self-aware, B) are given the emotional space to mine some […]

The Hero

The Hero | Director: Brett Haley | Rating: 8/10 | The theme and plot of The Hero isn’t exactly a new one – numerous films have focused on actors coming to terms with their age and morality – but director Brett Haley’s take on the subject is a bit different due to how Sam Elliott carries the film with a […]

The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z | Director: James Gray | Rating: 10/11 Set in both Europe and South America in the early 1900s, The Lost City of Z is a magnificent film that speaks to Gray’s genius as a director. Often forgotten, Gray has made numerous brilliant films (a stand out includes The Immigrant), but he truly outdoes himself with The Lost City of Z, an adventure, war, and […]