The Peanuts Movie

Last night after work I went to see The Peanuts Movie, the new CGI animated film based on Charles Schulz’s characters. I had tracked this movie pretty carefully over the last year and a half, from the first trailer to the second, and last month I even read the kids novelization. The Peanuts Movie isContinue reading “The Peanuts Movie”

Horror of Dracula

For Halloween, I gave out maybe two dozen comic books. It was chilly and it was boring, and once trick or treating was over I went inside and put Horror of Dracula (the American title of the first Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing Dracula movie) in the DVD player. (As an aside, I wish there were aContinue reading “Horror of Dracula”

Camelot, ‘Tis a Silly Place

For five years, give or take, Funko has been making a series of collectible vinyl figures called POP! The figures are based on comic books, television series, movies, comic strips, video games, even bands. There have been Beatles figures and Batman figures, Doctor Who figures and Star Wars figures, Frozen figures and Sesame Street figures.Continue reading “Camelot, ‘Tis a Silly Place”

Thoughts on Ian McKellen’s Mr. Holmes

Last night after work I went to see Mr. Holmes, starring Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes. I mentioned before this was the movie I most wanted to see this summer. Back in March I read the book on which the film is based — Mitch Cullin’s A Slight Trick of the Mind — andContinue reading “Thoughts on Ian McKellen’s Mr. Holmes”

Things I’ve Been Watching: The Oranges

There’s a reason why a movie is on the DVD rack at Big Lots for three dollars. There’s a high probability that it’s not very good. The movie in question was The Oranges, a 2011 film starring Hugh Laurie, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, and Leighton Meester. Laurie and his wife (Catherine Keener) live across theContinue reading “Things I’ve Been Watching: The Oranges”

The Man from UNCLE Trailer

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., though I have seen the George Lazenby sequence, in which he plays James Bond, from The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. Nonetheless, the trailer for the new Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) adaptation of the 1960s television series dropped last night.Continue reading “The Man from UNCLE Trailer”

Spider-Man’s Cinematic Future: Some Thoughts

Last night, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures surprised the geek world by announcing that they had struck a deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in other words, the universe of the Iron Man, Captain America, and Avengers films. Some potentially unnecessary backstory follows; those who know it can skip this paragraph. WhileContinue reading “Spider-Man’s Cinematic Future: Some Thoughts”

The Peanuts Movie Trailer

Yesterday, the first trailer for next Christmas’ Peanuts film was released. Wait. What? There’s a new Peanuts movie? How can that be? Yes. Next Christmas, Blue Sky Studios, the animation studio behind the Ice Age and Rio series, will be releasing The Peanuts Movie, the first Peanuts film since 1980’s Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (AndContinue reading “The Peanuts Movie Trailer”

The Return of Rutlemania

In December the Rutles are coming to Blu-Ray. The Rutles, the legend that will last a lunchtime! The Rutles, the Prefab Four! The Rutles — Ron, Dirk, Stig, and Barry! The Rutles, four loveable moptops from Liverpool who conquered the musical world and discovered tea! The Rutles were the creation of Eric Idle and NeilContinue reading “The Return of Rutlemania”

On The Dark Knight Rises

Last night I went to see The Dark Knight Rises. It was my second attempt. My first attempt on Saturday ended in disaster when the theater sold out while I was standing in line. I could have waited for the eleven o’clock showing, but it’s a near-three-hour film, and getting home after 2 in theContinue reading “On The Dark Knight Rises”