Category: Movies

Nostalgia Head: Mid-Century Hollywood Dance Queens

During the 1950s and 60s musicals were hugely popular on the big screen. Actors like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire tapped their way into the hearts of American film-goers. However, the ones doing the real leg-work (ha, sorry), were the dancing divas. From Ann-Margaret to Cyd Charisse, these women brought entertainment through their nimble footwork ...

Five Movies to Watch Before the Solar Eclipse

Is there a better way to spend your weekend than with a themed movie marathon? I think not. In honor of the solar eclipse that will be taking place this Monday, here are a few films to really get you into that eclipse spirit. *No special glasses needed. Sunshine  Since the sun and moon are ...

On Wonder Woman and Confidence

*Spoilers ahead* Last week I went to see the new Wonder Woman film starring Gal Gadot. The film did a great job of explaining the origins of Diana Prince, making her an engaging protagonist, and weaving a narrative with heart. Needless to say, I enjoyed the film. I’m not here to give a movie review, ...

Nostalgia Head: The Mummy (1999)

The Mummy is one of those movies that isn’t exactly good, but darned if you don’t love it anyway. With lovable leads like Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, it’s almost cute. Add centuries-old resurrected corpses to keep you on the edge of your seat and a dash Indian Jones and you say to yourself, “Sure, I’ll ...

Summer Movie Trailers 2017

With this weekend’s release of Guardian’s of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the summer movie season is officially underway (ignore the fact that the solstice isn’t until June). This summer brings a number of highly anticipated films, including a female-lead superhero movie along with some sequels, remakes, and originals. Here are trailers for the films I’m most ...

Thoughts on Disney’s idea of “live-action”

A couple weeks ago I saw Disney’s Beauty and the Beast remake. Emma Watson gave life and breath to Belle and I got to see my favorite songs re-imagined.  I genuinely enjoyed the movie. Belle is one of my favorite Disney princesses as a book reading, adventure-seeker and I’ve always loved the settings: a quaint village in France ...

Miyazaki Rewatch: Howl’s Moving Castle

If I had to chose a personal favorite among Hayao Miyazaki’s films, it would probably be Howl’s Moving Castle. In fact, it’s a personal all-time favorite film. This was the first Miyazaki film that I saw, freshman year of college, and watching Howl’s, a door opened and I couldn’t consume Miyazaki’s works fast enough. Rewatching it a few ...

Miyazaki Rewatch: Kiki’s Delivery Service

Avoiding the cold weather over the weekend, I decided they best way to spend a Sunday indoors was to watch some of my favorite anime classics. Kiki’s was the first DVD I popped in and realized that it had been years since I’ve watched many Miyazaki films. Rewatching these movies is a new experience and, I’ve found, ...

Movies that will infect you with the writing bug

I was seven when I first watched the 1994 film adaptation of Little Women. Winona Ryder played the fiery Jo March, who stayed up late into the night writing stories by candlelight in her attic. I saw her passion for the craft and commitment and thought, I want to be like her- I want be ...

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Thoughts on Doctor Strange

I saw Doctor Strange over the weekend, the newest addition to the Marvel movie universe. I’m not going to lie, these Marvel movies are beginning to get monotonous for me. How many twenty minute, CGI, multi-character battle sequences do I really need to see? Doctor Strange offered a break from the many-character films that Marvel has released lately ...