AUDIO PODCAST OPTION OF LADYBIRD REVIEW SHORT TAKE: A very familiar and funny story abut the growing pains of a teenaged girl having to face the prospect of adulthood and her family which must endure the process with her. LONG TAKE: My oldest son pointed out to me that the Chinese symbol for war is two women … Continue reading LADY BIRD – TO ANYONE WHO KNOWS A TEENAGED GIRL – A VERY FAMILIAR AND FUNNY CHARACTER
SHORT TAKE: Ford v Ferrari does for the professional car race what The Right Stuff did for the space race. Fascinating insight into the art of the beasts’ designs and the intense skill of the men who push the limits of human endurance to risk piloting these genius feats of American engineering into record breaking … Continue reading FORD v FERRARI aka LE MANS ’66 – THE RIGHT STUFF ON THE RACE TRACK
Now that the Oscars have come and gone I thought I'd made some observations. First off, if you listened to the Lake Charles' Best Sport Show culture segment on Sunday morning starting at 8:15 am CST, you would have heard Matt, Chad, Corey and my predictions, which were, if I say so myself – pretty … Continue reading OSCAR WINNER 2018 CEREMONY – AN ANALYSIS – WE GOT THEM ALL RIGHT!!!!
SHORT TAKE: Well told but fatally flawed as its ultimate intent is to brutally undercut the original theme of the classic story with a harsh feminist agenda. WHO SHOULD GO: Adults ONLY for its twisted theme revealed at the end of the movie. LONG TAKE: This 2019 version of Little Women, by extremely talented director/adaptor … Continue reading LITTLE WOMEN – GERWIG-STYLE 2019 – BEAUTIFULLY TOLD, DEEPLY FLAWED, NOT FOR CHILDREN
SHORT TAKE: Emily Blunt knocks it out of the ball park in an otherwise flawed descendant of the original and timeless classic: Mary Poppins. WHO SHOULD GO: Older kids with the presence of their parents to explain some rather egregious character flaws and plot points. AND be advised of some questionable lyrics during a “Dance … Continue reading MARY POPPINS RETURNS: PLOT AND CHARACTERS HUGELY FLAWED BUT…. EMILY BLUNT IS SUPERCALI….OH YOU KNOW THE REST
SHORT TAKE: Peculiar stop-action animated dramedy about abandoned dogs and their nobility in a dystopian Japanese future and the boy who adventures out to rescue one of them. WHO SHOULD GO: The violence is, literally and figuratively, cartoonish, but unlike most cartoons, there are realistic outcomes: bitten off ear, bones of a starved dog, ripped … Continue reading ISLE OF DOGS – A WES ANDERSON TAKE ON MAN’S BEST FRIEND
SHORT TAKE: Astonishing and beautiful, one of a kind film in which a reluctant messenger plays detective in an attempt to parse out the circumstances of Van Gogh's death, animated in the style of Van Gogh's paintings! WHO SHOULD WATCH: Anyone interested in classic art, though younger audience members might get bored. Adult themes of mental illness, … Continue reading LOVING VINCENT – AN ANIMATED BIOGRAPHY IN VAN GOGH’S PAINTINGS