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Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Act of Valor reviewed by Greg Wright Have you ever been caught completely off guard by a movie and thought, “Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like that before!”? Well, that was... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Saints and Soldiers reviewed by Greg Wright So… I’m not a fan of Saving Private Ryan. One of its core messages was about the same as Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers: “Show your enemies no mercy,... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Disney Has a Hit on Their Hands with <i>Big Hero 6</i>

Past the Popcorn: Disney Has a Hit on Their Hands with Big Hero 6

by Jeff Walls Jake Gyllenhaal is quickly becoming one of our better actors.  After bursting onto the scene in 2001’s indie cult hit Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal earned his first and (so far) only Oscar... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Miss Representation reviewed by Greg Wright Once I put on my “critic” hat for screening a film, I’m pretty hard to provoke. At the moment a movie starts, it’s my job to evaluate it, not react to... [Read more]

Lunch with the Marine View Diner: The Des Moines DogHouse

Lunch with the Marine View Diner: The Des Moines DogHouse

by Greg Wright Better late than never, right? Tami LaFreniere’s last day as the proprietor of The Des Moines DogHouse is today. After nine years of fun-loving and excellent service to the community,... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Jake Gyllenhaal Does His Best Work in <i>Nightcrawler</i>

Past the Popcorn: Jake Gyllenhaal Does His Best Work in Nightcrawler

by Jeff Walls Jake Gyllenhaal is quickly becoming one of our better actors.  After bursting onto the scene in 2001’s indie cult hit Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal earned his first and (so far) only Oscar... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

by Greg Wright Wesley Terrace recently played host to a screening of the 2012 film Rape for Profit, about the human-trafficking problem right on International Boulevard. The Whistleblower dramatizes a... [Read more]

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]