Review: “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)

Producer Don Hahn always called Beauty and the Beast the last of the red-hot fairy tales. When the Walt Disney Company finally released their version of the animated tale, forty-five years after Jean Cocteau's 1946 fantasy film, other versions had previously been released to varying degrees of success. A 1962 B-movie by United Artists turned … Continue reading Review: “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)

The Albert Film Institute: 97 Years, 97 Films

On Facebook, my friend Zack made a post asking for his friends to chime in with movies that they themselves saw as important to watch.  Not necessarily because they were good movies (though that's always a plus), but because they were important to the people who watched them.  Initially, I chimed in with 1989's Cinema Paradiso, … Continue reading The Albert Film Institute: 97 Years, 97 Films

“A Lovely Night” in”La La Land” (2016): When Fred and Ginger (and Cyd (and Gene)) Met Ryan and Emma

The first film I watched in 2017 was, arguably, the best film of 2016: La La Land, a delightful modern musical that liberally borrows from plenty of classic films in order to lead viewers into (justifiably) believing that it, too, is as good as its predecessors.  They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after … Continue reading “A Lovely Night” in”La La Land” (2016): When Fred and Ginger (and Cyd (and Gene)) Met Ryan and Emma