Review: Hocus Pocus 2

Year: 2022 Runtime: 96 minutes Director: Anne Fletcher Writers: Jen D’Angelo, David Kirschner (story), Blake Harris, based on characters created by Mick Garris and David Kirschner Actors: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, Lilia Buckingham, Froy Gutierrez, Sam Richardson, Doug Jones, Tony Hale, Hannah Waddingham By Rosa Parra Every Halloween there’s a list of films that we must all watch … Continue reading Review: Hocus Pocus 2

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Polished

Year: 2022 Runtime: 6 minutes Director/Writer: Colleen Dodge Actors: Jane Stiles By Dominic Corr Six minutes. That’s all it takes for Colleen Dodge’s “Polished” to communicate a vulnerable glimpse in decisions, everyday decisions, but decisions only half of the world is making. And within these six minutes, nothing is taken at second value; it speaks true and forthright with a stellar cinema verité framework. Aiming … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Polished

Muru: TIFF Review

Year: 2022 Runtime: 104 minutes Writer/Director: Tearepa Kahi Actors: Cliff Curtis, Jay Ryan, Manu Bennett, Simone Kessell By Joan Amenn A thriller that reveals that police are corrupt and native peoples are being abused? Sounds like we have been here before and as sincere an effort as “Muru” (2022) is, it does not break out of old cliches. However, the performem takes on us a … Continue reading Muru: TIFF Review

The Women of the Watery World of Atlantis: The Lost Empire

By Joan Amenn Over twenty years ago, Disney did something extraordinarily out of character. They allowed animators to create a world more like a live action film than had permitted previously. No doubt it helped that the directors of “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (2001) were Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, who had collaborated on the blockbuster hit “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991. However, the … Continue reading The Women of the Watery World of Atlantis: The Lost Empire

The Musical Force is Female: Natalie Holt’s Score for “Obi-Wan Kenobi”

By Brian Skutle When Disney first purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, naturally, one of the first thoughts for many a “Star Wars”(1977) fan was the idea of getting more films and TV shows. “Clone Wars”(2008-2020) was going on Cartoon Network, but the prequel era had divided the fan base. New stories were not just on my mind, however. A new trilogy of films meant, of course, … Continue reading The Musical Force is Female: Natalie Holt’s Score for “Obi-Wan Kenobi”

Deep Dive July Retrospective: Moby Dick and the Triumph of the Feminine

By Joan Amenn Ask any high school American Literature major what the most challenging book was on their required reading list and chances are, they’ll reply “Moby Dick.” No wonder then that the film version was not exactly a doggy paddle to adapt either. Director John Huston was no doubt attracted to the male centric story of revenge but the way screenwriter (and famous science … Continue reading Deep Dive July Retrospective: Moby Dick and the Triumph of the Feminine

Retrospective Review: “Eagle Vs. Shark”

that we can take away from the film is that ‘love is blind’ and that we shouldn’t judge people solely on their appearance. In his usual quirky off-beat fashion, Waititi manages to bring us something rather unique and special with “Eagle Vs. Shark” and you will either ‘get it’ or you will find it all a bit too silly for your liking. Continue reading Retrospective Review: “Eagle Vs. Shark”

In Their Own League Advent Calendar: 21. “A Very GLOW Christmas”

By Morgan Roberts Wrestling and “A Christmas Carol.” Is there a more perfe​​ct combination?  That is what “GLOW” chose to do for what ended up being their series finale. In “A Very GLOW Christmas” directed by the wonderful Lynn Shelton, we saw some of our beloved characters tackling (and sleeper holding and turnbuckle face smashing) Dickens’ classic tale.  Over three seasons, the cast of characters … Continue reading In Their Own League Advent Calendar: 21. “A Very GLOW Christmas”