Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Movie Review: ***^Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Muppets Most Wanted:
I found this a delightful movie.  Again we have a frog who is unwilling to commit to Miss Piggy, but then another from; an evil frog, who is able to disguise himself as Kermit, while Kermit takes his place on the most wanted list.  The evil frog is able to travel with the Muppets, while Kermit is in the Gulag, and work in a life of crime as he works his way up to steal the crown jewels.  Kermit thinks he is forgotten, because the rest of the troupe do not realize he is missing, until they decide Kermit is acting strange.  In the end, only Kermit can save the day.
This movie is cute, especially if you like Muppet humor.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Movie review: ***^Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

This movie of Lemony Snicket's Unfortunate Events takes scenes from the first three books.  It also adds a few scenes.  It comes back to the end of the first book for its ending.  Not being true to the story, this movie is true to the characters.  The three Baudelaire children are wonderful.  Jim Carry makes an excellent villain as Count Olaf.  And the relatives are wonderful, Meryl Streep as Aunt Josephine and Bill Connolly as Uncle Monty.  The scenes with Uncle Monty are my favorite.  I really enjoyed the most deadly viper.  I still do not like the forced wedding.  Catharine O'Hara plays Justice Strauss.  In the movie the wedding is foiled differently than in the book.  In this case Klaus comes to the rescue rather than a left handed signing.  I have fun with this story.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Movie Review: ***^Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

This is a movie based on a French Comic, which is why I had never heard of the characters.  However the plot is very interesting.  It involves a welcoming station some 400 years into the future.  This center has people form all over the universe.  However it has an area which has been sealed off form review of the administrators.  This film has federal agents, Valerian and his partner (Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne) who must uncover what is going on before everything goes to pot.
This is an incredible special effects show, and has some incredible action.  In the middle they put in a pole dancing scene which really doesn't need to be there.  There are many interesting creatures which always fascinate me.  Overall this film is passable.  I read someplace it is not doing well domestically despite a big budget.  It hopes to make up for this in the foreign market.  The director also directed Fifth Element, Luc Besson.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Picture Book: Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss

This story is included with three others in a Dr. Seuss Book.  This is the story of a turtle who decides he is ruler of all he sees.  The higher he gets the farther he sees, and so uses other turtles as stepping stones, and caring about the inconvenience he is causing for others; until one of the turtles at the bottom burps.  Sometimes if you use others, all you have influence over is the mud.  Dr. Seuss has great insight in this story, and it is well told, drawn and rhymed.

Music Review: Taylor Swift: Speak Now

This is taylor Swifts third album released by Big Machine Records in 2010.  Taylor Swift writes all of her own music.  She has a skill for telling a story and a clear voice.  My favorite song in this album is "Mean."  She talks about someone who uses words to put others now, and all he is is mean.  "Why you gotta be so mean."  This album is 4x platinum, over four million copies sold.  It was number one on U.S. Billboard and country charts.  "Revenge" is for a song the girl that steals your boyfriend.  "I always get the last laugh."  "Haunted" also has a very nice tune.  This explores how you feel when you are left.  The titular song, "Speak Now" is very nice with a good story as she barges in to tell a boy he has picked the wrong bride.
This album is vintage Taylor Swift, and if you like her you will like this.  However it does not include her most popular songs.

Book Review: The Twits by Roald Dahl

The Twits by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake, Puffin Books, New York, 1980.

The Twits is a terrific character study of two very ugly people.  These people are not only ugly in their appearance, but in their personality, which surely effected their physical looks.  They are especially ean to birds and monkeys.  However, in the end, they are outsmarted by the monkeys and the birds they have abused for many years.

Movie Review: ****^Pollyanna (1960)

This is one of those great positive feeling movies, with Pollyanna (Hayley Mills, who looks for the good, and the preacher (Karl Malden) who is converted to this thinking.  It makes a big difference in the town, as it becomes known as the glad town.
This movies comes from Disney and also features:
Jane Wyman as Aunt Polly
Richard Egan as her love interest Dr. Chilton
Agnes Moorehead as crotchety old Mrs. Snow, who Pollyanna also converts
As well as Mr. Pendergast, played by Adolphe Menjou
And Kevin Corcoran portrays Pollyanna's young friend from the orphanage.
The town is moving to raise money to build a new orphanage.  they feel it is a civic responsibility.  The current orphanage is in Herrington Hall, and Aunt Polly wants to give money to remodel the kitchen.  She has money, and willing to do her civic duty.  However that is the point, Aunt Polly attends to her duty, but doesn't love people.  Pollyanna brings that love into her life.