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Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Return of the King, review by Greg Wright Symphonic. I can find no better single word to describe the design, execution, and impact of The Return of the King. Conventional wisdom dictates that movie... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: George Clooney Anchors Serviceable <i>Tomorrowland</i>

Past the Popcorn: George Clooney Anchors Serviceable Tomorrowland

by Jeff Walls In 2003, Disney struck it big when they turned one of their amusement park attractions, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, into a multi-million dollar movie franchise. If a movie based on a... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Two Towers, review by Greg Wright With the Hobbit films having run their weary course, and 10 years having passed since The Lord of the Rings wrapped up its home video run, the time seems right to... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Charlize Theron is the Real Star of <i>Mad Max: Fury Road</i>

Past the Popcorn: Charlize Theron is the Real Star of Mad Max: Fury Road

by Jeff Walls The newest reboot/follow-up/sequel to come out of Hollywood’s current everything-old-is-new-again trend is Mad Max: Fury Road.  It has been thirty years since the character made famous... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Fellowship of the Ring, review by Greg Wright With the Hobbit films having run their weary course, and 10 years having passed since The Lord of the Rings wrapped up its home video run, the time seems... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Presence, review by Greg Wright What can you say about an effective ghost story… without spoiling the effect?  Without spilling key plot points and character arcs? The answers are: Not Much, and... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Joss Whedon Strikes (Gold) Again in <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i>

Past the Popcorn: Joss Whedon Strikes (Gold) Again in Avengers: Age of Ultron

by Jeff Walls Prior to the release of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers in 2012, there was some skepticism as to whether a comic book adventure featuring a team up of so many different superheroes could actually... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest, review and interview by Greg Wright It seems to me absurd to be talking about “entertainment” in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. The... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Blake Lively Captivates Stunningly in <i>The Age of Adaline</i>

Past the Popcorn: Blake Lively Captivates Stunningly in The Age of Adaline

by Jeff Walls The thing about a fantasy is that it is by definition unreal and fantastic; it doesn’t need to be grounded in reality.  The Age of Adaline is a romantic fantasy about a woman who does... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns, commentary by Greg Wright Sergio Leone transformed the American Western. Literally. As one of the major exponents of the low-budget guerilla filmmaking genre dubbed... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Ben Stiller Proves Mildly Entertaining in <i>While We’re Young</i>

Past the Popcorn: Ben Stiller Proves Mildly Entertaining in While We’re Young

by Jeff Walls In director Noah Baumbach’s latest, While We’re Young, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a 40-something married couple stuck in something of a rut. After a couple of failed pregnancies,... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Al Pacino Proves to be a Charmer in <i>Danny Collins</i>

Past the Popcorn: Al Pacino Proves to be a Charmer in Danny Collins

by Jeff Walls In 1971, folk singer Steve Tilston gave an interview in which he discussed his fears that wealth and fame might negatively affect his songwriting. The article was read by none other than... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Breakdown commentary by Greg Wright Jonathan Mastow’s Breakdown is an expertly executed, unpredictable, pulse-pounding thriller. Some call it a B-movie, I call it pure cinema.  —Film Director Scott... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Disney Once Again Goes Live-action with <i>Cinderella</i>

Past the Popcorn: Disney Once Again Goes Live-action with Cinderella

by Jeff Walls The latest trend in Disney movies is live-action remakes of their animated fairy tale classics.  Last year, Sleeping Beauty was remade as Maleficent and next year Beauty and the Beast gets... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Serenity reviewed by Greg Wright Firefly fans were pretty pleased with Serenity. Plenty of ordinary people were, too. Writer-director Joss Whedon directed this film adaptation of his own sci-fi TV series... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Blomkamp Once Again Dazzles Us With SciFi in <i>Chappie</i>

Past the Popcorn: Blomkamp Once Again Dazzles Us With SciFi in Chappie

by Jeff Walls Director Neill Blomkamp exploded onto the scene in 2009 with the Oscar-nominated hit District 9, and like J.J. Abrams he has quickly become a key figure in the science fiction genre.  His... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Will Smith Turns on the Charm in Warner Bros.’ <i>Focus</i>

Past the Popcorn: Will Smith Turns on the Charm in Warner Bros.’ Focus

by Jeff Walls The con-artist movie has been a popular sub-genre for movie stars to show up in and just be movie stars over the years.  From Paul Newman and Robert Redford in 1973’s Oscar-winner The... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Islander reviewed by Michael Brunk Eben Cole is a lobster fisherman, like his father and grandfather before him. Home is a small island off the coast of Maine where everyone knows everyone else. He puts... [Read more]