Review: Onward

Pixar’s latest offering, “Onward,” is more than just your normal magical animated film; it’s a touching tale of brotherly love that deals with grief, learning to believe in yourself, and the awkwardness of your teenage years. Directed by Dan Scanlon, who previously worked on “Monsters University” (2013) for the studio, the movie feels both cleverly unique and markedly Pixar. 

“Onward” is the story of brothers Ian and Barley, elves who live in a world in which modern technology has replaced magic long ago. It resembles our normal world, but populated by magical creatures from sprites to cyclops. While older brother Barley is obsessed with the magical past and the game Quests of Yore, Ian is just trying to celebrate his 16th birthday and not make a fool of himself in front of his classmates. When a special birthday gift offers Ian the chance to meet the father who passed away while he was still a baby, the two must go on a real quest of their own.  Continue reading Review: Onward

ITOL Top 50 Films of the Decade, Entry No. 49: Enough Said

Year: 2013 Runtime: 93 Minutes Director: Nicole Holofcener Writer: Nicole Holofcener Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette By Ariana Martinez “Love is Worth Living For, Enough Said.” As we reach the final months of 2019, it is a moment of reflection, specifically through In Their Own League’s Top 50 Films of the Decade Countdown. Number 49 is Nicole Holofcener’s film “Enough Said” … Continue reading ITOL Top 50 Films of the Decade, Entry No. 49: Enough Said

Retrospective Review: Enough Said

By Kristy Strouse There are several reasons why Nicole Holofcener’s foray into middle-aged adult relationships is touching and natural, and one of them is because of the late and very talented James Gandolfini, in one of his last roles. After playing iconic tough characters, this movie allows us to see a softer side of the actor and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and his onscreen chemistry is undeniable … Continue reading Retrospective Review: Enough Said