A Wrinkle In Time – A Great Movie For Our Times


I am not much of a reader which is shocking to some but today I saw the movie “A Wrinkle In Time” based upon the book by Madeline L’engle. This story of expanding the universe, your mind and your heart resonated with me. We have a daughter and a son trying to bring their back home who has found his way across the universe based upon a discovery that connects its far ends. He ends up in the grips of an evil force that has kept him from the family for four years.

Three celestial beings, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit who are played by Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon. guide newcomers Storm Reid, Levi Miller and Deric McCabe join veteran actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Pena, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis in this adventure in space, time and most importantly love.

Ava DuVernay did a beautiful job making the story vibrant, colorful and dark when needed. We need to see more stories that empower young people and especially young women to become warriors for good in their own time and the universe. I recommend this to everyone. Movies like this are important and necessary in the dark times we live in.

Hollywood’s Biggest Night, The Oscars


Tonight is the 90th Annual Academy Awards from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California. Jimmy Kimmel will host tonights telecast for the second year in a row. There are some great films (none of which I have seen) nominated and some very talented people up for these prestigious awards. I am hoping for Lady Bird to win Best Picture. Regardless there will be nice looking people wearing great clothes so there’s that.

What do you think will happen?

Black Panther, The Best Marvel Movie Ever!


Today I saw Black Panther and it was a masterpiece. It was more than just a super hero movie it is a terrific movie all the way around. Chadwick Boseman has a habit of playing great heroes and the title role of T’Challa/Black Panther is another terrific role for him. This movie does a great job of setting up the back story and carrying the audience into the present. Michael B. Jordan plays a sympathetic villain without going over the top.

This movie takes the best of African Culture and transports us to the fictional country called Wakanda where it is one of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth due to its supply of the fictional metal Vibranium.

Yeah this is a special film and in my opinion its the best made by Marvel. The upcoming Infinity War is going to have to do well to match the quality of Black Panther. I recommend you all see it on the big screen because this movie deserves it.

Wonder Woman Snubbed Of Academy Awards Nominations

The Academy Awards failure to recognize Wonder Woman by denying it of any nominations is troubling and sad. It was a opportunity to recognize a film that was culturally important in the past year. The Oscars needs to expand it’s world view and to be more inclusive of different types of genres that includes comedy and super hero movies. The team of Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins were special in a time when the role of women have social significance. The same could be said for past movies who were also snubbed.

Quotes From The Movie “Elf”


Tonight was “Elf” night as a part of the holiday movie season. Here are a few favorite quotes from this terrific movie featuring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschannel, Ed Asner and Bob Newheart

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”

“I planned out our whole day: First, we’ll make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of Toll-House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we’ll snuggle.”

“I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.”

“This place reminds me of Santa’s workshop…except it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like they want to hurt me.”

“Buddy I hope you find your dad, Thanks Mr. Narwhal”

“I just like to smile; smiling’s my favorite.”

What are your favorite quotes from this modern holiday classic movie?

LA LA Land, The City of Stars


I am late to the party on this movie but its truly amazing. Fantastic dialogue, music and dancing. A modern musical made awesome. Emma Stone and Ryan Gossling are electric together. We need more meet-cute romantic flicks like this that are throwbacks to an earlier time. Movies should say something and this one does. It’s all about The City of Stars.

When Doing A Movie Sequel


Hollywood movie sequels should have a familiar feel without being too complicated or over the top. There are too many movies that were too gimmick laden and kind of cheesy (although I don’t mind cheese). There are too many movies that try too hard to be so different that you can’t see what the original was even about. Special effects can get in the way. Introducing too many new characters that don’t have a tie into the previous installments can only make things confusing. Storytelling should be the first and foremost concern and everything else is secondary.

Contact: A Terrific Movie About What Is Out There

Contact_ver2In this Zemeckis-directed adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel, Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) races to interpret a possible message originating from the Vega star system. Once first contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence is proven, Arroway contends with restrictive National Security Advisor Kitz (James Woods) and religious fanatics bent on containing the implications of such an event. An incredible message is found hidden in the signal, but will Arroway be the one to answer its call?

I love all the spiritual and scientific questions this movie brings to the forefront. It’s always timely and Carl Sagan does a terrific job in letting the reader/viewer make their own conclusions. One thing I see in this is that people tend to screw things up when there is a turf war at stake.