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'Isn’t It Romantic' Is Escapist Fare with a Cheeky Twist

None The romantic comedy, far from its heyday in the '90s, has become an oversaturated and cliché-ridden genre. But to satirize rom-coms, or to bemoan their lack of originality or insight into the human condition, is just as unappealing. The reality of the genre is that much of it, in all its iterations, is tired. But can't the same be said for genre fare at large? Rom-coms, like all genres, have good and bad exemplars in equal measure. Science fiction, fantasy and superhero films, it can be sa...
Tags: Music, Comedy, Romance, Review, Amy Schumer, New York City, Fantasy, Netflix, Liam Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds, Whitney, Warner Brothers, Rebel Wilson, Wilson, Priyanka Chopra, Film Review

Haruki Murakami's 'Killing Commendatore' Is Yet Another Turn Around the Tired Fantasy Carousel

None The Bad Sex Award, presented by The Literary Review since 1993, is perhaps best seen as the high-minded equivalent of cinema's Razzie Awards. While the latter is more unabashed in its celebration of the horrible and unredeemably bad, candidates for the top award in the literary bad sex award rarely seem willing to accept the accolade with perspective and a sense of humor. A few contenders will usually comment (with humor) about being honored to have been nominated, but serial nominees (lik...
Tags: Music, Review, Fantasy, Painting, Book Review, Haruki Murakami, David Lynch, Kafka, The Great Gatsby, Mozart, Scott Fitzgerald, Don Giovanni, Mulholland Drive, James Frey, Yuzu, Katerina

Kinetic Directing Failed to Improve 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance'

None Why make a sequel to Ghost Rider (Johnston, 2007)? The property had only been fitfully popular over its nearly 40-year history, and never had same the staying power as most of Marvel's stable of characters. The first film, starring Nicholas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, was moderately successful, but was not particularly well-liked by critics or audiences. Since its release, the fifth ongoing Ghost Rider series was cancelled with Ghost Rider Vol. 5 #35 (July 2009) due to low sales. Sur...
Tags: Europe, Feature, Music, Hollywood, Justice, Fantasy, Turkey, Action, Thriller, Romania, Idris Elba, Dan Brown, Superheroes, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Johnson

Disclosure, Dasein, and the Divine in Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life'

None The tree of life is a common metaphor for the interconnectedness of all beings. While this metaphor is a familiar framework for ecological thinking—all regions, systems, and species are interwoven and inseparable—the tree of life is also a provocative paradigm for thinking about creativity. The Tree of Life is also both the name of Terrence Malick's 2011 masterpiece and an apt descriptor for his creative process, as evident by The Criterion Collection's 2018 release. The Criterion's rel...
Tags: Feature, Music, Jessica Chastain, Hollywood, Texas, Drama, Germany, Fantasy, US, America, Earth, Mit, Harvard, Roger Ebert, Oxford, Brad Pitt

Our Private Prisons: Interview with 'Still' Director, Takashi Doscher

None "I was very much wrestling with the question of time and our modern or not so modern definitions of relationships, love and monogamy, and even sexuality a bit" explains director Takashi Doscher of his narrative feature debut Still (2018). When hiker Lily (Madeline Brewer) loses her way on the Appalachian Trail, she stumbles onto an isolated farm and encounters a seemingly odd couple. While Ella (Lydia Wilson) is happy to take her in, Adam (Nick Blood) is initially less hospitable, and as ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Interview, Fantasy, Mystery, The Orchard, Lily, Terence Davies, Adam, Davies, Ella, Madeline, Appalachian Trail, John Andrew, Christoph Behl

Ursula K. Le Guin: Old Soul, New Worlds

None "Hard times are coming," author Ursula K. Le Guin said in her fiery 2014 speech accepting the National Book Foundation award. Her tone was somehow somber, yet also chipper, as though she had already acknowledged the worst and now was girding for battle. She was fixing her bayonet in bright spirits and about to go over the top. She went on about what will be needed in the years to come: … we'll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our...
Tags: Music, Review, Documentary, California, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Manhattan, Harry Potter, Portland Oregon, Ursula k. le guin, Curry, Le Guin, Gaiman, Arwen Curry, Alfred Kroeber, Kropotkin

'Vita Nostra' Is a Tantalizing Fantasy That Forces Us to Question Our Own Humanity

Julia Meitov Hersey, translator of Vita Nostra, describes her effort as a work of love, undertaken so that other English language readers will be able to enjoy the delights the Russian-language book first brought her. The book has been described as an "anti-Harry Potter novel", and insofar as it offers a darker, more mysterious and philosophical version of the 'magical recruit' trope, this is true. But it's far and away a very different beast from J. K. Rowling's celebrated series.The story foll...
Tags: Music, Review, Fiction, Fantasy, Book Review, Harry Potter, Fairy Tale, Soviet Union, Rowling, Sasha, Sergey, Science-Fiction, Harper Voyager, Vita Nostra, Marina dyachenko, Sergey dyachenko

Graphic Fiction 'Roaming Foliage' Digs into the Undergrowth

None It's difficult to describe the exceptional weirdness of Patrick Kyle's Roaming Foliage. For once, the adjective "unique" is accurate. I've literally never read anything like it. Explaining why that's such a wonderful thing -- not just for Kyle but for comics generally -- will take some explaining. First, consider the physical book. It's the height of a standard graphic novel (picture anything from Marvel, DC, Image, etc.), but it's oddly wider—which, for me, recalls the dimensions of a ch...
Tags: Art, Comics, Music, Review, Fantasy, Book Review, House, Calvin, Kyle, Hobbes, Koyama, Wile E Coyote, Koyama Press, Patrick Kyle, Graphic fiction, Nathan Gelgud

'Mary Poppins Returns' Is Practically Passable, in Every Way

None There wasn't much about Robert Stevenson's 1964 musical, Mary Poppins, that should have worked. The story made a hash of P.L. Travers' original stories about the stern nanny with a knack for magic. It jammed in a suffragette subplot that was so mistreated it almost seemed to mock the entire cause. One song led to the next without much of a plot. Yet, like so many other cultural properties that Walt Disney cut and warped into a wholly unrecognizable shape, it all came together in a densely ...
Tags: Family, Music, Comedy, London, Review, Fantasy, Disney, Chicago, Meryl Streep, Rob Marshall, Angela Lansbury, Ben Whishaw, Miranda, Emily Blunt, Walt Disney, Michael

'Mortal Engines' Grinds Down the Post-apocalyptic Genre

None How could such a marvelous premise go so horribly wrong? That's the question you'll be asking while watching dystopian steam-punk film, Mortal Engines. Luckily, you will soon pass into a peaceful slumber and dream about something more interesting, like tax law or dripping water faucets. Visual effects guru Christian Rivers tries his luck at directing and, unfortunately, all of his luck is bad. This dystopian future where massive, mobile cities consume smaller cities for resources is a c...
Tags: Post, Music, Hollywood, London, Review, Adventure, Fantasy, America, Earth, Action, West, Young Adult, Shakespeare, Ya, Peter Jackson, Middle Earth

Techno: The Gathering, scene satire fantasy game, keeps getting better

Curse if you must the fact that modern DJing requires managing social media accounts, navigating scenes, understanding the dimensions of cool. But some DJs will mix all those things as adeptly as they do records – and hold up a mirror to the rest of us. Well – or at least Leipzig’s Vincent Neumann has made a killer Magic: The Gathering parody with techno. First things first: let’s here acknowledge that Vincent is a brilliant musical selector, as well as social media satirist. Closing sets at B...
Tags: Europe, Music, Instagram, Parody, Germany, Berlin, Fantasy, Trends, Social Media, Humor, Stories, Djs, Listening, Leipzig, Oddities, Awesomeness

Soundtrack Review: I Kill Giants

I Kill Giants Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score I Kill Giants by Laurent Perez Del Mar. Buy the score here (if available) At a glance: Geek Score: 86.7 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 19.8 Album Excellence: 43.1% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? I Kill Giants is a 2017 Belgian-British-American fantasy film directed by Anders Walter and starring Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana & Imogen Poots. Twelve-year-old Barbara Thorson flees from reality, lea...
Tags: Music, Fantasy, Karen, 2017, Film Scores, 10s, Varese Sarabande, Sofia, Barbara, Laurent, Anders Walter, Kill Giants, Barbara Thorson, Laurent Perez Del Mar, Laurent Perez Del Mar Buy, Madison Wolfe Zoe Saldana Imogen Poots

Soundtrack Review: A Wrinkle In Time

A Wrinkle In Time Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score A Wrinkle In Time by Ramin Djawadi. Buy the score here (if available) At a glance: Geek Score: 98.7 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 41.9 Album Excellence: 93% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? A Wrinkle In Time is a 2018 American fantasy film directed by Ava DuVernay and starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey & Reese Witherspoon. Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggli...
Tags: Music, Fantasy, Disney, Earth, 2018, Ava Duvernay, Mindy Kaling, Film Scores, 10s, Meg, Uriel, Ramin Djawadi, Walt Disney Records, Gugu Mbatha, Tesseract, Charles Wallace

Dinosaur D.W. Griffith's Final Roar Is Heard in 'One Million B.C.'

The dinosaurs, or least the lizards, stalk again in One Million B.C. , one of the big hits of 1940. Released independently through United Artists, this movie has suffered the ragged fate of many such indies over the years, yet this digital restoration is the sabre-toothed tiger's pajamas. The film opens with modern simpletons in lederhosen stumbling into a cave to wait out a storm. The cave turns out to be quite the spacious split-level abode, occupied by a venerable a...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Romance, Adventure, Germany, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Volcano, Dinosaur, Nazi, Humane Society, Prehistoric, King Kong, Hardy, Landis, Griffith

The Working Class Awakens: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and the Birth of the Multitude

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi may be the first Star Wars movie with a clear class consciousness. For the first time, the storied film franchise moves beyond the noble Skywalker family to focus on a ragtag collective of "nobodies". The Last Jedi moves, in other words, from a family saga to a class saga. Moreover, as the story exemplifies, class is more intersectional than intersectionality itself; the working-class majority, as ...
Tags: Star Wars, Music, Adventure, Southeast Asia, Fantasy, America, Action, Harvard University, Liam Neeson, Walt Disney Company, Darth Vader, Harrison Ford, Resistance, Republic, Johnson, Lucasfilm

Soundtrack Review: Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Beauty And The Beast Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Beauty And The Beast by Alan Menken. Buy the score here (if available) At a glance: Geek Score: 98.6 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 68.9 Album Excellence: 95.7% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? Beauty And The Beast is a s2017 American musical fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens & Luke Evans. The film is based on Disney’s 1991 animated film of the s...
Tags: Music, Fantasy, Disney, Belle, Bill Condon, 2017, Film Scores, 10s, Celine Dion, Alan Menken, Walt Disney Records, Peabo Bryson, Menken, Beauty And The Beast Franchise, Emma Watson Dan Stevens Luke Evans, Belle Mets

And Now for Something Not So Different: Terry Gilliam's 'Jabberwocky'

By 1977, Monty Python's Flying Circus had completed its outlandishly successful run on the BBC and the revolutionary comedy troupe had stunned and delighted audiences with their first true feature film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)—1971's And Now for Something Completely Different simply reshot sketches from the first two seasons of their television program. The members of Monty Python were branching out—more or less—on their own. Most of the tea...
Tags: Python, Music, Comedy, Adventure, John Cleese, Fantasy, US, Bbc, Brazil, Monty Python, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Lewis Carroll, Criterion Collection, Alice, Dennis

A Feminist Adventure Unfolds When 'Celine and Julie Go Boating'

In the groundbreaking article Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (1975), Laura Mulvey employed the workings of psychoanalysis in order to theorise the power of the "male gaze" that was manifested in classical Hollywood films. The dynamics of this gendered gaze lay in the fact that meaningful point-of-view shots were invariably allocated to leading male characters during Hollywood's classical period. Mulvey thus argued that both male and female spectators were prompte...
Tags: Music, Comedy, Hollywood, Drama, France, Fantasy, Paris, BFI, Celine, Henry James, Francois Truffaut, Olivier, Julie, Bertolt Brecht, Booth, Jean Luc Godard

Soundtrack Review: The Last Warrior

The Last Warrior Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Last Warrior by George Kallis. Buy the score here (if available) At a glance: Geek Score: 100 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 63.4 Album Excellence: 100% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? The Last Warrior AKA Posledni bogatyr is a 2017 Russian comedy fantasy film directed by Dmitry Dyachenko and starring Sergey Burunov, Wolfgang Cerny & Oleg Chevelyov. It is losely based on Bogatyr, a wor...
Tags: Music, Fantasy, Moscow, Harry Potter, Walt Disney Company, 2017, Film Scores, 10s, Ivan, George, Baba Yaga, Merman, Kallis, Walt Disney Records, Gagarin, Serj Tankian

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Is the Death of the Star Wars Spirit

As recently as the lackluster episodes I-III of the Star Wars saga, the embossed gold logo followed by scrolling prologue text was cause for excitement. In the approach to the release of any of the then new prequel installments, the Twentieth Century Fox fanfare, followed by the Lucas Film logo, teased one's impulsive excitement at a glimpse into the next installment's narrative. Then sat in the movie theatre on the anticipated day of release, the sight and sound of the Twentie...
Tags: Music, Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Bob Dylan, Williams, David Cronenberg, Johnson, John Williams, Jack Lemmon, Rian Johnson, Lucas, J.j. Abrams, Billy Dee Williams, Shirley Maclaine, Billy Wilder

Fun Finish Can't Save the Day for 'Justice League'

In the new superhero actioner X-Men: Apocalypse , an ancient, unstoppable villain with a very deep voice travels to modern Earth and begins his destructive "cleansing" of the human race. Our only hope is a team of plucky superheroes that must learn to work together as they exchange lame quips and provide the foundation for multiple sequels of diminishing quality. Wait… this isn't X-Men: Apocalypse ? That's right… it's Justice League ...
Tags: Music, Adventure, Fantasy, Superman, Dc Comics, Earth, Action, Justice League, Superheroes, Batman, Warner Bros, Avengers, Jason Momoa, Joss Whedon, Ezra Miller, Snyder

'X2: X-Men United' Perfected the Comics-Film Blockbuster Sequel Formula

As May 2003 approached, expectations were extremely high for the release of X2: X-Men United (henceforth referred to as X2 ). After all, X-Men (2000) had truly begun the comic book film explosion that was sweeping through Hollywood. That film had been a success at the box office, but had gained even more fans on home video since then, leading to higher expectations for the sequel. Also, the massive success of Spider-Man (2002) had everyone looki...
Tags: Music, Adventure, White House, Boston, Fantasy, Action, Fox, Afghanistan, Hugh Jackman, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bryan Singer, Lgbtq, North America, Stryker, Stan Lee

Guillermo del Toro Redefines the Love Story in Underwater Fantasy-Thriller 'The Shape of Water'

Eliza Esposito (Sally Hawkins) is the most magical mute character since The Little Mermaid. There's definitely something Disney-esque about The Shape of Water, writer-director Guillermo del Toro's Cold War-era fairytale about a budding romance between beauty and… the fish. The fish (Doug Jones) is really more like an evolutionary intermediary between some sort of underwater amphibian and a modern human. He stands on two legs and likes boiled eg...
Tags: Music, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Disney, Society, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Baltimore, Zelda, Michael Shannon, Toro, Eliza, Strickland, Guillermo, Hawkins

A Different Sort of Time Travel: Producer Christine Vachon on 'Wonderstruck'

The year's most unique children's movie comes from a most unlikely auteur, Todd Haynes, a filmmaker known for films that have all but exclusively appealed to an older demographic. Wonderstruck weaves together two stories set in New York City, 50 years apart. One, presented silently and in black and white, takes place in the movie palace heydey of 1927 and follows a deaf girl named Rose (Millicent Simmonds); the other, set in 1977 and presented in full color, follows a deaf boy ...
Tags: Music, England, New York, Hollywood, Drama, Interview, Julianne Moore, La, New York City, Fantasy, Mystery, Carol, Bushwick, Todd Haynes, Carter Burwell, Times Square

Soundtrack Review: Thor Ragnarok

Thor Ragnarok Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Thor Ragnarok by Mark Mothersbaugh. Buy the score here (if available) At a glance: Geek Score: 95.6 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 57.3 Album Excellence: 78.5% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 superhero film directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston & Cate Blanchett. It is the sequel to 2013’s Thor: The Dark World and the seventeenth film o...
Tags: Music, Fantasy, Thor, 2017, Film Scores, 10s, Taika Waititi, Mothersbaugh, Hollywood Records, MCU, Mark Mothersbaugh, Ragnarok, Thor Ragnarok, Thor Franchise, Marvel Franchise, Avengers Franchise

Soundtrack Review: Albion The Enchanted Stallion

Albion The Enchanted Stallion Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Albion The Enchanted Stallion by George Kallis. Buy the score here (if available) At a glance: Geek Score: 89.4 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 36.6 Album Excellence: 73.3% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? Albion: The Enchanted Stallion is a 2016 Bulgarian-American family comedy film directed by Castille Landon and starring Jennifer Morrison, Debra Messing & John Cleese. A twelv...
Tags: Music, Fantasy, Albion, 2016, Film Scores, 10s, Moviescore Media, Kallis, Kelpies, Castille Landon, George Kallis, Jennifer Morrison Debra Messing John Cleese, Wonderful Place Of Nature

Soundtrack Review: The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Dark Tower by Tom Holkenborg. Buy the score here (if available) At a glance: Geek Score: 88.2 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 30.8 Album Excellence: 46% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? The Dark Tower is a 2017 American fantasy film directed by Nikolaj Arcel and starring Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey & Idris Elba. The film is based on Stephen King’s novel series of the same name. R...
Tags: Music, Fantasy, Stephen King, Sony, Zimmer, 2017, Film Scores, 10s, Tom, Tom Holkenborg, Junkie XL, Holkenborg, Nikolaj Arcel, Roland Deschain Idris Elba, Keystone Earth, Katheryn Winnick Matthew McConaughey Idris Elba

Soundtrack Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates Of The Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Pirates Of The Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales by Geoff Zanelli. Buy the score here (if available) At a glance: Geek Score: 98.8 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 68.5 Album Excellence: 95.1% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales AKA Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is a 2017 American fantasy film directed b...
Tags: Music, Fantasy, Jack, Caribbean, Zimmer, 2017, Film Scores, 10s, Salazar, Pirates, Herschel, Jack Sparrow, Walt Disney Records, Poseidon, LucasArts, Barbossa

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