Why would a movie studio try to stop critics from reviewing movies? It's called a review embargo -- and it seems a little self-explanatory. But still, I'd like to take this opportunity to discuss a little movie-critic inside-baseball stuff. Perhaps we can get a larger discussion going.
The women of Oz: The Great and Powerful may have serious issues in how they are written and presented, but at least Oz: The Great and Powerful has women (plural) in it at all.
Narrative, dramatic tension and character development are often overshadowed by look-at-me CGI. Beautiful and impressive, especially the use of 3D. At other times, its a bit like the later wizard who wanted Dorothy to focus on his smoke and mirrors.
Today would have been Douglas Adams' 61st birthday. I didn't know him, but I've read his every published word, some many times over, and I miss him. Here I salute him 13 succinct times. (Why 13? I dunno. 42 would blitz my word-count.)
While Oz: The Great and Powerful has its writing issues, it's far more satisfying than Alice in Wonderland and I can confirm that it went over like gangbusters with the packed general audience crowd I saw it with. All the signs indicate that it is in it for the long haul.
This movie will be a classic; one our children, our children's children, and even their children will enjoy and talk about for years to come. The movie is a prequel at its best, laying out for us everything we would need to know to understand L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
I believe this movie could spark some incredible conversations between children and parents about morality, ethics, and human behavior.
...Is it just me, or does it look like Cinderella's been making pies outta that pumpkin carriage? ...More like "Beauty and the BEEF," know what I'm saying???
Sounds to us like the Creation Museum is the perfect mecca for both Bible thumpers and potheads! That's why we were shocked to learn that this major, multimillion-dollar facility has suddenly found itself taking a crash course in survival of the fittest.
Despite the allure of Disney's iconic attractions, there are always new treasures to discover.
It's every screenwriter's nightmare. To be in the office of one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, pitching all of your script ideas. Only to then have that mover-and-shaker repeatedly say "Nope. Not interested." But that's exactly what happened back in 2009 to poor Mitchell Kapner.
The very first thing you should do is to simply ask your child what songs they like. This may sound obvious, but it's easy to forget this step in your zeal to put in music you think they like or want them to like.
Hollywood's endless revisiting of cherished figures from our past has always been a successful entertainment ploy. And none more so than the current obsession of making every character in a movie a dangerous, sexy twenty-something.
As any good Mary Poppins fan will tell you, when the wind shifts from the East to the West, it's then time for that practically perfect nanny to pack up her carpet bag and fly off for parts unknown.
Certainly, it's possible these days to throw a lovely event that doesn't bankrupt a couple mentally and financially but nevertheless, it seems like there's nowhere for brides especially to escape the mass-marketed American wedding culture breathing down their necks.
What has happened to kid TV shows nowadays? I remember growing up watching shows that taught me morals and family values. Right from wrong. Good from bad. Not how to flirt or stuff my bra.