Movies: Tomorrowland Lacks Imagination

“Walt Disney loved showing how stuff works. No one in this movie plausibly would have the curiosity for new knowledge and reverence for the manmade to look twice at a futurist attraction at Tomorrowland, except possibly Laurie’s villainous character.”

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Movie Review: Cinderella

Disney’s newest version of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, is an early contender for 2015’s best movie.

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Keeping It Real: A Review of Killing Cool

Keeping It Real: A Review of Killing Cool

Ambitious in scope and practical in spirit, Kurt Keefner’s Killing Cool: Fantasy vs. Reality in American Life (Wallkill Trail Books, 2014) could be seen as his personal answer to the title question of Ayn Rand’s essay “What Can One Do?”[1]  Appreciating Rand’s insight... read more
The Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey

What trials unite Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins and many of literature’s most interesting heroes — and you? Matthew Winkler takes you through the crucial events that make or break a hero as based on the works of Joseph Campbell’s A... read more

Movies: Tomorrowland Lacks Imagination

“Walt Disney loved showing how stuff works. No one in this movie plausibly would have the curiosity for new knowledge and reverence for the manmade to look twice at a futurist attraction at Tomorrowland, except possibly Laurie’s villainous character.”

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Movie Review: So Dear to My Heart (1949)

Movie Review: So Dear to My Heart (1949)

Screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival 2015, one of Walt Disney’s most personal films, So Dear to My Heart, introduced by film and Disney historian Leonard Maltin, is utterly charming. The movie includes live action and a few brilliant scenes in poetically themed... read more
Movie Review: Too Late for Tears

Movie Review: Too Late for Tears

This film noir classic with a femme fatale played by Lizabeth Scott (who apparently hated the movie) is a shocking portrayal of a diabolical woman literally on the manhunt. The late Miss Scott, whom I recently discussed with Leonard Maltin and Robert Osborne, was an... read more
Movie Review: Malcolm X

Movie Review: Malcolm X

The words “…by any means necessary,” conclude Spike Lee’s racist propaganda piece, Malcolm X. This phrase asserting that the ends justify the means, a rationalization for tyranny throughout history, is the movie’s theme. Lee capably gives... read more
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