The Fade-out of Cameron Crowe

"As someone once said, 'There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco.'" It's ironic that 2005's Elizabethtown kicks off with that line, because the film isn't considered one of Cameron Crowe's best, not by a long shot. For all intents and purposes, it's Crowe's swan song. Cameron Crowe was, of course, the successor to John Hughes, … Continue reading The Fade-out of Cameron Crowe

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Elle Goes to the Hill

Yesterday we looked at a Guilty Pleasure. Today's film, however, is just bad. Four words: Good. Grief. Charlie. Brown. When we last left Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), she was valedictorian of her class at Harvard Law School, with a promising career ahead of her. Yeahhhh, that was 2001. In 2003, Elle got a sequel: Legally Blonde … Continue reading Elle Goes to the Hill

Shamedown #1: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Here we are again. Want to know more about the Shame thing? Please visit Cinema Shame. Last year's Shamedowns can be found here. Onward... Like I said in my Shame Statement, I've only ever wanted to see 2001's Lara Croft because Chris Barrie's in it. Other than that, Lara's basically a female Indiana Jones, except with tighter … Continue reading Shamedown #1: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Page To Screen: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy

Thus speaks the cover of The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy. The book within Douglas Adams' novel of the same title, it is the guide to anything that anyone might want to ask about life, the universe, and everything, and a lot that they don't think to ask. Arthur Dent didn't know that he would have to ask … Continue reading Page To Screen: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy

Shamedown #11: The Young Victoria

Here we are, everyone--the last Shamedown of 2018--can you believe it? If you're coming in late to the party or just want a refresher as to how this thing got started, please visit Cinema Shame. The full Shamedown roster can be found here. Very few monarchs have been as influential as Queen Victoria. Seriously, the woman … Continue reading Shamedown #11: The Young Victoria

For Your Consideration

Hello there... In 2006, my husband and I went to the movies. We'd been hearing for a long time about a film where Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman go head to head as rival magicians, with Michael Caine as stage manager, and we were both intrigued and interested. Only problem was, neither one of us … Continue reading For Your Consideration

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 […]

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