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Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

by Greg Wright This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender. This is the slogan emblazoned on the “head” of Pete Seeger’s banjo. It’s a presumptuous slogan, one inspired by that of Woody... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Bill Murray a Treasure in <i>St. Vincent</i>

Past the Popcorn: Bill Murray a Treasure in St. Vincent

by Jeff Walls Bill Murray has been one of our most loved actors for over thirty years now.  He’s starred in many a classic comedy and even earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Sofia Coppola’s... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Affleck Stars in David Fincher’s <i>Gone Girl</i>

Past the Popcorn: Affleck Stars in David Fincher’s Gone Girl

by Jeff Walls Adapted from the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the screenplay, Gone Girlis one of the most anticipated movies of 2014.  After seeing it, I certainly anticipate that... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

by Greg Wright It seems that a new Carol Burnett Show collection gets released to home video every other year. In this case—The 22-disc Ultimate Collection from Time/Life—it’s the same DVD boxed... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

by Greg Wright What happens when a headstrong rumrunner crash-lands in the Arctic Barrens? In 2003’s The Snow Walker, this question has to be answered in the context of post-World War II technology,... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

by Greg Wright Draft Day releases to home video today, and is available for streaming at Google Play and Amazon Instant Video. Waterland PtP reviewer Jeff Walls says “it succeeds more than it maybe... [Read more]

Lunch with the Marine View Diner: Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant

Lunch with the Marine View Diner: Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant

by Greg Wright Can it be possibly be three years since Arturo’s opened on Marine View Drive? Can it be possible that I have not until now darkened Arturo’s door? Well, yes–on both scores. So... [Read more]

Blues & Brews Delivers Again — Fine Beer, Rockin’ Music, a Good Cause

Blues & Brews Delivers Again — Fine Beer, Rockin’ Music, a Good Cause

by Jesiah Dorpat As a partaker and lover of all things beer and music (and of course the lovely Des Moines people), my stomach, ears and my sweet bluesy soul were filled by this event to the uttermost. Sax... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn – <i>Sin City: A Dame to Kill For</i>

Past the Popcorn – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

by Jeff Walls Based on the popular graphic novels by Frank Miller, the 2005 movie Sin City was something of a revelation in cinema.  Director Robert Rodriguez had his actors perform in front of a green... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

by Greg Wright Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released to home video last week. Because I am, without a doubt, not in the target demographic for the Spider-Man franchise, I can’t tell you a thing about... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>When the Game Stands Tall</i>

Past the Popcorn: When the Game Stands Tall

by Jeff Walls If I were to tell you that they were making a movie about a team that won 151 consecutive football games, you might assume that the movie would be about how this team came together to accomplish... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

by Greg Wright Three weeks ago, I ran as my first “Waterland Home Video Feature” a review of Dead Poets Society, one of Robin Williams’ more memorable performances. Others include The... [Read more]

Normandy Park Ale House opens with a packed house, great beer & food choices

Normandy Park Ale House opens with a packed house, great beer & food choices

by Judy Schwanke Six weeks after announcing their ownership, Normandy Park Ale House has opened their doors to bring a new face to the Normandy Park Towne Center. Following a “soft launch”... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</i>

Past the Popcorn: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

by Jeff Walls For the first time in over twenty years, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in a live-action film.  Whereas the previous three live-action efforts featured actors in costumes, the... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

by Greg Wright Not even controversy could keep Noah, released on home video last week, from sinking at the box office. Still, the buzz is now mounting about Ridley Scott’s Exodus:Gods and Kings,... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Marvel’s <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i>

Past the Popcorn: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

by Jeff Walls Beginning with the 2008 release of Iron Man, Marvel has been the dominant film studio when it comes to consistently producing blockbusters.  They have become to this decade what Pixar Studios... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

by Michael Brunk I’m just going to say up front… Mamma Mia! is a bit of a strange duck. It started life as a popular West End musical in London, built around hit songs from Swedish pop icons Abba.... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Luc Besson’s Mindbender <i>Lucy</i>

Past the Popcorn: Luc Besson’s Mindbender Lucy

by Jeff Walls In 2011, Bradley Cooper starred in a movie called Limitless, which had a premise that revolved around a drug that would allow the user to access 100 percent of their brain capacity.  Three... [Read more]