{film} not exactly transcending

Despite the ubiquity with which it was panned, we decided to watch Transcendence (2014) anyway. I am not going to pan the film, but I would recommend it to only to a niche audience.   Wally Pfister directed Transcendence was pitched as a near kin to Inception (2010). And Christopher Nolan’s name is attached toContinue reading “{film} not exactly transcending”

{film} the broken circle breakdown

When Sean and I saw the trailer for The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) some time back, we were fascinated by the idea of a Belgium film featuring blue grass. We wondered maybe that it was a Belgium film set in the American South, but no. It’s just that Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) is in love withContinue reading “{film} the broken circle breakdown”

{film} a winter’s tale that left me a bit cold

The promise of an urban fantasy in director Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale (2014) was tempting. I have yet to read Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel of the same name, but I do not recall it being panned. Nor had I heard much about the critical reception of the film. I hadn’t sought it out. I figuredContinue reading “{film} a winter’s tale that left me a bit cold”

{film} running time 101 minutes

An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.—IMDb. I was not aware Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now (2013) was adapted from a 2004 YA novel by Meg Rosoff until just prior to cueing itContinue reading “{film} running time 101 minutes”

{television} Mans

Heard rumors BBC comedy drama, Jim Field Smith directed Wrong Mans (2013) was good, and have had it queued to watch. Don’t put off the Mathew Baynton and James Corden created/written show (available on HULU) like we did. Especially if you could use a bit of post-holiday pick-me-up. It all begins by answering someone else’sContinue reading “{television} Mans”

{television} finding miss fisher

It is 1920s Melbourne and the sophisticated Miss Phryne Fisher is fearless in the face of injustice as a lady detective and woman. The Australian television drama series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries was one of our favorite finds of 2013. Created by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger and based on novels by Kerry Greenwood, itsContinue reading “{television} finding miss fisher”

{film} an imagination realized

Natalya was admittedly anxious about seeing the Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). She adores James Thurber’s 1939 short story as much as the rest of us, and we were all wondering, in our household anyway, what is the story Walter Mitty without his wife in the picture? Yet, a basis is foundContinue reading “{film} an imagination realized”

{film} The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I feel as if my ‘Top Reasons’ to see a film posts are making me a lazy film reviewer. And yet, I going to indulge in another one. In no particular order, I present: The Top 5 (1/2) Reasons to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) #1: You are a fan of both Tolkien andContinue reading “{film} The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

{television} almost human

“In a not-so-distant future, human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve.” IMDb Do you remember RoboCop (1987)? I do. It was okay for the time, but it isn’t something I can get excited re-booting. Yes, I know there is a film in the offing. I had it in my mind that Fox’sContinue reading “{television} almost human”

{illustrator} Leigh Hodgkinson

I occasionally share an illustrator who has caught my eye. See the above “book list,” bottom of the page for other illustrators highlighted on this blog. For ’30 Days of Picture Books’ which is to celebrate Picture Book Month, “Day Sixteen” features two books and an Illustrator’s Spotlight! Day Sixteen: Limelight Larry AND Boris and the WrongContinue reading “{illustrator} Leigh Hodgkinson”