Much Ado About Nothing

A description of the project will pretty much tell you if you’re interested or not: Directed by Joss Whedon, Much Ado About Nothing uses the original Shakespearean text in a black-and-white version filmed in his home. The cast will be familiar to Whedon fans — Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof (both Angel) are Beatrice and Benedick, the wittily spatting couple who never shut up. Clark Gregg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is host Leonato, while Reed Diamond (Franklin & Bash, but also […]

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The World’s End

I don’t want to say too much about The World’s End, the movie opening this weekend starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and directed by Edgar Wright, other than that it’s worth seeing. I went to see it last night knowing very little about it, and that made the experience much more fun and surprising. Usually, by the time I see a film, I’ve already heard about all the major events. The lesson here: if you know you want to […]

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Monsters University

Just got back from seeing Monsters University, and while I enjoyed it, it was definitely a sequel that didn’t reach the heights of the original Monsters Inc.. We already know the characters, and the plot here is very familiar. In fact, if you’ve seen a college movie, you know what happens. There’s the devoted youngster whose dedication takes him through every challenge (Billy Crystal as Mike), his buddy who learns the true meaning of friendship (John Goodman as Sully), the […]

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This Is the End

Last night, I got to see a preview of This Is the End, a horror comedy that opens tomorrow. As you can see from the poster, it stars James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride all playing themselves — or the version of themselves they want to show for this story. The premise starts by exploring what it means to be friends, and how you combine your old and new groups. Old friend Jay […]

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Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Yesterday, my local library had a showing of Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines, a documentary covering the origin of the first female superhero, her legacy as an inspiration, and the necessity of powerful fantasy figures for women and girls. There was a lot more about the comics than I expected, although it was well mixed with information on feminism and portrayals of women in media. In addition to the expected comic-related commentators — Trina Robbins, of course, […]

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Pitch Perfect

If you’re looking for an entertaining comedy this weekend with some good music and solid laughs, I strongly recommend Pitch Perfect. It’s not an unpredictable movie — if you’ve seen the trailer, shown below, then you’ve likely guessed that it’s Glee meets Mean Girls meets Bring It On with that funny girl from Bridesmaids (Rebel Wilson, playing “Fat Amy”). However, it’s well-done, and I took great enjoyment in solid laughs from talented women. Anna Kendrick (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) […]

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Saw this apocalyptic comedy romance this afternoon, and we enjoyed it, although I wanted to argue with it at times. Steve Carell does an excellent job playing much the same character he portrayed in Crazy, Stupid, Love (but he does it so well), while Keira Knightley (Bend It Like Beckham, those pirate movies) is his wacky, confused, yet adorable neighbor. What sets this apart from any other getting-to-know-each-other odd-couple film is the premise — the world will end in 21 […]

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

If you liked the first movie, you’ll love this sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. There’s more Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams — but only at the beginning), more action sequences with slowed-down analysis by Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.), more bromance bantering and innuendo with Watson (Jude Law). It’s all exciting and visually stimulating, but those expecting a more traditional Sherlock will again be disappointed. This film ramps up the parts that caused debate and dissension among fans last time. […]

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