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Movie Review – In the Heights

Director: Jon Chu Starring: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Gregory Diaz, Jimmy Smits Year: 2021 In the Heights is a bad play made into a bad movie, and early opinions otherwise have a very strong Emperor’s-New-Clothes smell about them.  Lin-Manuel Miranda created Heights early in his career, and it won

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Movie Review – Lifeforce

Director: Tobe Hooper Starring: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth Year: 1985 Lifeforce is a surprisingly good piece of sci-fi camp, with so many different genres thrown together it’s hard to decide which one comes out on top.  It’s science fiction, it’s horror, it’s vampires, it’s zombies, it’s gothic, it’s modern; it’s a little bit

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Movie Review – The Outlaw Josey Wales

Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Clint Eastwood Year: 1976 Josey Wales is the quintessential Western, and what’s more it has a back story, which is so often forgotten in the genre.  Usually it’s just a town, a man, a family, a cabin, a journey, a bounty, something of that nature, but Josey Wales adds all elements

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Movie Review – Luca

Director: Enrico Casarosa Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman Year: 2021 Luca is enchanting, delightful, and fun; it may not be Inside Out or Coco, but, then again, what is?  Just because it isn’t the best thing Pixar has ever made does not mean it’s the worst, far from it, and our standards

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Book Review – To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee Year: 1960 This summer, as a companion to walking our puppy, my daughter & I decided to read a book while we trotted around the neighborhood.  She’s older than my son, so I wanted it to be something a little more mature, something she would like but perhaps he wasn’t ready for,

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Movie Review – Blast from the Past

Director: Hugh Wilson Starring: Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Dave Foley Year: 1999 Blast from the Past; or, more appropriately titled, The Movie That Alicia Silverstone Ruined.  Because 90s Brendan Fraser was actually pretty fun, and 2000-y Brendan Fraser was actually kinda good, The Mummy and Bedazzled being quiet favorites of mine.  Blast from the Past

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