Steam Punk Van Helsing

Surprise! Did you know Hugh Jackman was born on October 12? Yep, he was, and it just so happened that he turned fifty this year. This man has quite the resume. Wolverine. Leopold, Duke of Albany. Curly (from Oklahoma, not The Three Stooges). Jean Valjean. P.T. Barnum. The Easter Bunny. Just to name a very few. Since it’s […]

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Relationships 101

It's not uncommon for movies to be based on novels, or great events in history, but a movie based on a self-help book?! It's been done more than once, but it always seems a little weird. Even when the book is as successful and overly-accessible as Greg Behrendt and Liz Tucillo's He's Just Not That Into … Continue reading Relationships 101

Page To Screen: Nella Last’s War

In 1937, a rather gargantuan project of compiling England's social history commenced: Mass Observation. Its aim was and is to chronicle day-to-day living in the United Kingdom, and that can mean anything from sending in diaries to filling out questionnaires to writing poems or taking photos. One of their most enthusiastic participants was Nella Last … Continue reading Page To Screen: Nella Last’s War

They Really Lived

We're still in Texas, only our hero now has the accent and a shotgun on his knee. I give you Michael Caine in 2003's Secondhand Lions. The film opens with two old men flying a biplane around a wide stretch of Texas prairie. Actually, it's more like joyriding than flying. They even barnstorm an overpass … Continue reading They Really Lived

Victor’s Pageant Tips

The man, the myth, the legend... Michael Caine is nothing if not versatile, and among his many memorable roles, he played pageant consultant Victor Melling in 2000's Miss Congeniality.  The film, of course, revolves around FBI agent Grace Hart (Sandra Bullock), who is as rough around the edges as they come. She dresses like a man. … Continue reading Victor’s Pageant Tips

Taking a Leap

There's one thing that pretty much all time travel films have in common: Gadgetry. Whenever characters hop across time periods, they step into a car, or a phone booth, or turn a dial on a necklace...you get my point. There's always a vehicle by which they travel. It's very few films that have time travel … Continue reading Taking a Leap

Origins: Peter Rabbit

Heh. I don't know about anyone else, but I never thought any of Beatrix Potter's stories would translate well to the big screen, least of all Peter Rabbit. Not that Potter's stories are bad or anything--they're classic and charming--but they're all so short. Even The Tale of Pig Robinson is only about one-hundred twenty pages long with big … Continue reading Origins: Peter Rabbit

Page To Screen: Confessions Of a Shopaholic

Chick-lit can be very one-note: High-end fashionista meets handsome stranger and everyone looks fabulous. That's pretty much all there is to books of that genre. The characters never snap a heel or get a run in their stockings. Or, heaven forfend, wear something from Sears. Yawn. However, I do like me some Sophie Kinsella. Her … Continue reading Page To Screen: Confessions Of a Shopaholic

TEDDYx Talks

One of Robin Williams' many unforgettable roles was that of Teddy Roosevelt in the Night At the Museum series. It wasn't the only time Williams played a President--he also took a turn as Dwight D. Eisenhower in The Butler--but his Teddy is memorable as well. While the real Roosevelt famously said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," … Continue reading TEDDYx Talks

This Is Your Life

The idea of life flashing before one's eyes is almost a cliché, but what if everyone else could see that montage after someone is gone? Moreover, what if one's entire life was stored on a microchip ready to be edited and presented in all its warty glory? Or shame, as the case may be. Robin … Continue reading This Is Your Life

Observe the Ramen

Who doesn't like ramen? The instant kind is the food of college students and those on budgets. And everyone else, because we just can't leave ramen behind. There are a million ways to make it and dress it up, not to mention there are tons of different brands and restaurants out there. To the Japanese, … Continue reading Observe the Ramen

They’re He-ere

The idea of life on other planets has always intrigued and fascinated some people. Me, I've never been one to believe in extraterrestrials. If they're out there, let them stay out there, and if they don't exist, then okay. I don't really care one way or the other, but when it comes down to it, … Continue reading They’re He-ere