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Peter Jackson’s Mammoth Beatles Documentary Is A Feast For Fans

There is already a movie about the Beatles making Let It Be. It is called Let It Be. Throughout January 1969, a crew led by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg — who had helmed the Beatles’ music videos for “Paperback Writer,” “Rain,” “Hey Jude,” and “Revolution” among other work at the center of 1960s rock — filmed the Fab Four rehearsing, recording, and ultimately giving their final public performance on the roof of their Apple Corps. headquarters in London. The Let It Be movie famously depicts a ba...
Tags: Music, London, John Lennon, George Harrison, The Beatles, Movie Review, Yoko Ono, Paul Mccartney, Peter Jackson, Ringo Starr, Beatles, George Martin, Jude, Glyn Johns, Apple Corps, Linda McCartney


Belfast Review – Branagh Manages Restraint When Most Forgivable

There are some films that have to be nearly perfect to be any good at all, and Kenneth Branagh has found himself on the wrong side of that fact a few times. Oddly, previous efforts have gone wrong because he seems overly close to them and they become, at best, rather pretentious. That’s odd because Belfast manages to avoid any such difficulty and it is literally about him. It’s the late ’60s in Belfast, and Buddy (Jude Hill) is nine and busy chasing other kids around with a wooden sword, mos...
Tags: England, Featured, Movies, Jamie Dornan, PA, Movie Review, Belfast, Kenneth Branagh, Buddy, Hinds, Ma, Branagh, Newsline, Focus Features, Buddy Jude Hill, Belfast Review


The Three Musketeers (2011)

Synopsis The three Musketeers go to Venice to steal Leonardo da Vinci's Airship blueprints, but are double crossed by Milady who gives the plans to the Duke of Buckingham. On their return to Paris they are disbanded by Cardinal Richelieu for their failure.A year later a young D'Artagnan moves to Paris and befriends the three former Musketeers. They unite and attempt to stop Cardinal Richelieu's plans to engulf Europe in war and seize the French throne. Storyline   ★★★☆☆ The Three Musketeers is...
Tags: Europe, Steampunk, Movie Review, Other Historical Era, Paris, Venice, Alexandre Dumas, Buckingham, Louis XIII, Richelieu, Leonardo da Vinci, Paul W S Anderson, Nicholas L. Garvery, Milady, D Artagnan


Hugo (2011)

Synopsis In 1930's Paris, an orphan lives hidden in a train station's walls. He takes care of the station's clocks, and tries to fix an automaton left to him by his late father. Based on Brian Selznick's New York Times best-seller "The Invention of Hugo Cabret". Storyline   ★★★★★ Director Martin Scorsese is best known for his gangster movies, but here he gives us a touching family film. This is Scorsese's homage to movie magic and the power of imagination and dreams.The first half of the movie...
Tags: Steampunk, Movie Review, Other Historical Era, New York Times, Paris, Switzerland, Scorsese, Sacha Baron Cohen, Musée, Martin Scorsese, Hugo, Gare Montparnasse, Isabelle, Hugo Cabret, Nicholas L. Garvery, Brian Selznick


Top 5 NLG Steampunk Articles 2011

Choosing my blog's Top 5 articles for 2011 wasn't easy. If I ranked them by pageview, recent articles would be at a disadvantage against those that have been published for some time.In the end I decided to rank them by calculating the average monthly pageviews [(actual pageviews / days published) * 30 days]. As a last step I removed seasonal posts as with my formula they skewed the result. Seasonal posts are articles that might be very popular at the end of the year, but will probably be ignore...
Tags: London, World, Victorian Era, Steampunk, Movie Review, Other Historical Era, Edwardian Era, Dieselpunk, Nicholas L. Garvery, Amerigo Vespucci


They Live (1988)

Synopsis A drifter finds a pair of sunglasses which allow him to see subliminal messages behind advertisements. What's more he sees some people are actually aliens in disguise, and they're behind these messages. The aliens also control big business and the media. Final Verdict   ★★★☆☆ This is another 80's cult favourite from director John Carpenter. The movie title refers to a graffiti seen in the movie which reads "They Live, We Sleep". Some of the subliminal messages are: obey, marry and rep...
Tags: Movie Review, Mini Review, John Carpenter, Roddy Piper, Nicholas L. Garvery


Flash Forward

Synopsis The whole world blacks out for exactly 2min 17sec, resulting in accidents and millions of deaths. During the blackout people have visions of their future. This global event is soon taken to be a terrorist attack, and the plot thickens when video footage is found showing a concious person talking on a mobile phone during the blackout.The story centers around an FBI agent who's vision shows him to be central to the Flash Forward investigaion, and his family and friends. Final Verdict   ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Usa, Fbi, Movie Review, Mini Review, Robert J Sawyer, Nicholas L. Garvery, Germany Africa


The Thing from Another World (1951)

John W. Campbell Jr's short story Who Goes There? has been made into a movie three times. This is the first version. I'll review the other versions from 1982 and 2011 later. Synopsis An Air Force captain and a journalist are sent to the North Pole to investigate an explosion and a magnetic disturbance. They find a crashed flying saucer under the ice and a frozen being a few meters away from it. The block of ice containing the creature is cut and taken to a nearby science base, however the creat...
Tags: Movie Review, Mini Review, Air Force, Geiger, Nicholas L. Garvery, John W Campbell Jr


Mini Reviews

Lately I watched several TV series, and while I enjoyed them and wanted to share my thoughts about them, I didn't feel the need to give them full scale reviews. What I ended up doing was tweeting around 7 tweets about each. However tweets end up buried under newer ones, and lost in the vast twitter-verse.Watching these TV series was not the only time I felt like commenting on something I watched or read, but didn't have enough motivation or material for a full scale review. What I've now decide...
Tags: Book Review, Movie Review, Documentary Review, Game Review, Mini Review, Nicholas L. Garvery


Why I Dislike TV Series with Episodic Episodes

Lately I've been watching several TV series, and when I tweet about them or review them I often comment that the episodes feel or don't feel episodic. Here I'll attempt to explain what I mean by this. A series by definition is made up of episodes, but the episodes can cover a series story arc, or they can be stand alone episodes.I much prefer series which deal solely with a main story arc, where each episode continues the unfinished business from the previous episode. Most series don't have a s...
Tags: Writing, Wikipedia, Movie Review, Mini Review, Max, Logan, Zack, Nicholas L. Garvery, Deus ex Machina


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008 - 2009)

Synopsis I'm sure everyone heard of the Terminator movies, where Skynet, a computer from the future, attempts to exterminate all human life. A human resistance lead by John Connor fights back. In the first movie Skynet sends a cyborg to the past to kill John Connor's mother Sarah, before he is conceived. The resistance sends Kyle Reese, a resistance soldier to protect her.In the second movie Skynet sends another Terminator to the past to kill a young John Connor, while future John sends a repr...
Tags: Movie Review, Mini Review, Cyberpunk, Cameron, Skynet, John, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sarah, Derek, Kyle, Allison, Sarah Connor, John Henry, Kyle Reese, Cromartie, John Connor


The Thing (1982) vs The Thing (2011)

Three movies were based on the short story Who Goes There? by American science fiction author John W. Campbell Jr. I reviewed the first one earlier, and since the other two are so similar narratively and visually I'll review them together. Synopsis 1982 version - In the Antarctic a Norwegian helicopter chases and shoots at a sledge dog. They end up near an American science base. The Norwegians are killed before they can give an explanation, so the Americans take in the dog. The Americans go to ...
Tags: Movie Review, John Carpenter, Antarctic, Kurt Russell, Nicholas L. Garvery, John W Campbell Jr, R J MacReady, MacReady Kurt Russell


Mass Review – Grief Anti-Counseling Film Equally Flawed And Amazing

Fran Kranz’ Mass is a film that is going to have critics going after each other for its various choices, and its ability to deliver anything substantive within its wildly narrow frame. I pick on critics because sadly, few others are going to bother with it. It’s a film about tragedy, grief, a fairly focused look at the survivors of inexplicable events, and for nearly all of its runtime, four people sit around a table talking. That isn’t “crowd-pleaser” material. The film opens with 15-20 minu...
Tags: Featured, Movies, Movie Review, Richard, Jay, Linda, Newsline, Gail, Breeda Wool, Linda Ann Dowd, Richard Reed Birney, Jay Jason Isaacs, Gail Martha Plimpton, Fran Kranz Mass, Facebook Worst


Finch Review – Tom Hanks On His Own All Over Again

Sci-Fi films that attempt to cram a lot of “real life” into bizarre, often impossible, circumstances aren’t rare, in fact, it’s mostly the point of the genre, but efforts with almost no one in them don’t come around a lot. Finch finds, well Finch (Tom Hanks), in a post-apocalyptic world almost entirely on his own, and in such a scenario you better have an actor that can do anything. Conditions are worse than in your average “destroyed world” adventure, and we watch Finch exploring an empty ci...
Tags: Featured, Movies, Movie Review, Tom Hanks, Rube Goldberg, Finch, Newsline, Hanks, Finch Tom Hanks, Jeff Caleb Landry Jones


Dune Review – Nearly Fanatical Adaptation Still Requires Book

With the release of Dune, audiences now have two efforts adapting giants of the sci-fi genre, and the theories behind these adaptations could not be on further ends of a “faithfulness” spectrum. The Apple+ series Foundation generally believes that Isaac Asimov had a somewhat passable idea for a story, but an adaptation needs around 75% of everything to be not only new, but even directly counter to the original work/s. Dune, on the other hand, though it has a couple of establishing interactions t...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Movies, Movie Review, David Lynch, Dune, PAUL, Lynch, Newsline, Isaac Asimov, Dave Bautista, Timothee Chalamet, Sardaukar, Chani Zendaya, Dune Review, Grieg Fraser


Dune (2021) – Movie Review

Please Note: review has SPOILERS if you somehow don’t already know the story. Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is an epic work of cinema that avoids the mistakes of its predecessors by letting the story guide the film without sacrificing its eerie, desolate, and harsh temperament. Similar in pacing to the Lord of the Rings films, Dune is a slow burn filled with intense intrigue and complex themes. Set in the year 10191, it takes place in a universe where competing feudal houses vie for power...
Tags: Reviews, Movies, US, Movie Review, House, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Eric Roth, Dune, Frank Herbert, Duncan, PAUL, Jessica, Villeneuve, Denis Villenueve, Denis Villeneuve


The Green Knight Review – Blu-Ray

David Lowery is among the strangest directors working today and in all the best ways such a statement can be taken. He turns out efforts many wouldn’t dare, takes wild chances with impossible subtleties, and because the main similarity among his films is that they’re hard to sell, you can’t really pigeonhole him. There’s nothing about the Casey Affleck/Rooney Mara vehicle, Aint Them Bodies Saints that is going to prepare you for his reteam with that duo in A Ghost Story. Beyond which, you’re har...
Tags: Featured, Movies, Movie Review, Dvd, Rooney Mara, David Lowery, Pete, Blu Ray, Newsline, Patel, Green Knight, Gawain, DVD Review, Green Knight Review, Arthur Gawain Dev Patel, Blu Ray Release The Blu Ray


Todd Haynes’ Velvet Underground Documentary Is A Vivid Portrait Of A Transformative Band

When the Velvet Underground performed around New York in the 1960s, they weren’t the most popular band. “They had this off-putting aura, you know? Yikes, they were scary,” says Martha Morrison, guitarist Sterling Morrison’s wife, as she remembers one of their concerts at Cafe Bizarre for Todd Haynes’ new documentary, The Velvet Underground. Then, actress Mary Woronov’s jaw drops as she remembers the night that they came to Andy Warhol’s Factory in all black attire and performed “Heroin” early on...
Tags: Music, New York, The Velvet Underground, Movie Review, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Todd Haynes, Nico, John Cale, Mary Woronov, Moe Tucker, Sterling Morrison, Martha Morrison


Old Henry Review – Western Tradition Tears At Character

The western is a genre struggling against hope and though a few are still released every year, and one of sufficient backing makes a splash every so often, it is a well too frequently visited without real purpose. Indeed, the genre’s slow march to obscurity is all that certain “western for western’s sake” efforts need to find audience enough, and whether or not there is any work the genre can still do is irrelevant. Old Henry, on the other hand, at least has a theory. Henry (Tim Blake Nelson)...
Tags: Featured, Movies, Movie Review, Curry, Nelson, Henry, Lewis, Newsline, Wyatt, Tim Blake Nelson, Dorff, Scott Haze, Old Henry Review, Henry Tim Blake Nelson, Wyatt Gavin Lewis, Ketchum Stephen Dorff


REVIEW: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Your Movie Is Bad

As with all of my reviews, I want to make sure people are aware that I won’t be spoiling any of the plot here. That being said, the Dear Evan Hansen stage production premiered in 2016, and it’s been a moderately well known story since. Even if you’ve never heard a song off the soundtrack, […] The post REVIEW: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Your Movie Is Bad appeared first on ZANNALAND!.
Tags: Reviews, Parenting, Review, Movie Review, Movie Reviews, Broadway, Musical, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, EVAN HANSEN, Ben Platt, Tony Awards, Dear Evan Hansen, Movie Musical, Tony Award Nominee


Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings Reviews – The Mold Grows Tired

There’s an algorithm at play in the construction of Marvel films now, and it’s one that creates a variety of problems. The worst of these is that it results in Shand-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings being mostly boring, but it also makes for a “script by committee” and it’s a committee that doesn’t particularly enjoy comics, or earlier Marvel efforts. Buried somewhere in Shang-Chi is a decent story that might have been built from timeless folktales and has the potential to land among the b...
Tags: Featured, Movies, America, Movie Review, Kim, Chris Evans, Li, Shaun, Newsline, BAM, Shang Chi, Kapow, Simu Liu, Katy Awkwafina, Wenwu, Shang Chi Simu Liu


St. Vincent & Carrie Brownstein Attempt To Satirize Pop-Star Documentaries In The Nowhere Inn

We’re in the midst of a pop-star documentary boom. The past few years have brought an onslaught of films promising authentic glimpses into the lives of glittering pop figures: the bracing Billie Eilish documentary The World’s A Little Blurry, Taylor Swift’s carefully orchestrated Miss Americana, Beyoncé’s “Beychella” concert film Homecoming, even the Jonas Brothers jumping into the fray with Chasing Happiness. These movies give musicians — and their management — the chance to control their narra...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Movie Review, St. Vincent, Carrie Brownstein, Dakota Johnson, Jonas Brothers, Bill Benz


Pig Movie Review – Nicolas Cage Delivers In Bizarrely Perfect Study

At a certain point in Pig, Nicolas Cage‘s character tells a chef at an ultra-fancy nightmare of a restaurant that, “You only get so many things to care about.” It’s a line that probably seems out of place in a movie about a hermit and his missing truffle pig. More importantly, it’s a line that should never be in a film at all because it’s too close to impossible to actually earn it. Cage manages it, and it’s something of a shock when he does, potentially pulling viewers out of the film as disbel...
Tags: Featured, Movies, Movie Review, Portland, Rob, Nicolas Cage, Amir, Newsline, Amir Alex Wolff, Pig Nicolas Cage, Rob Cage


Jungle Cruise Review – Disney Rejuvenates Its Own Bonkers Genre

I remember when I first heard that Disney was going to make a movie based on a ride and thinking it was as idiotic an idea as bizarre money grabs could get. The notion hasn’t always worked out perfectly, but the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has certainly shown that a truly fun time can be had with the theory, even if “based on” proves to have very little meaning. When I heard we were going down this road again I was again skeptical, especially considering the fact that I couldn’t put to...
Tags: London, Featured, Movies, Dwayne Johnson, Disney, Movie Review, Johnson, Caribbean, Lily, Disneyworld, Frank, Newsline, Pirates, MacGregor, Joachim, Plemons


The Boss Baby: Family Business Review – Perhaps More Than Enough Of A Mediocre Thing

There is much about the Boss Baby franchise that eludes me entirely, but that certainly doesn’t mean that the first film didn’t cash in enough to warrant more than one effort to entertain… whoever this entertains. I don’t even remember the theory behind the intelligent babies and their cabal, or if there is one, and The Boss Baby: Family Business doesn’t care. It jumps ahead to a time when Theodore Templeton (Alec Baldwin) and Tim Templeton (James Marsden) are adults, and Tim’s daughter is worki...
Tags: Featured, Movies, Movie Review, Madagascar, Tim, Baldwin, Armstrong, Newsline, Theo, Goldblum, Tom McGrath, Boss Baby, Baby Corp, Armstrong Jeff Goldblum, Theodore Templeton Alec Baldwin, Tim Templeton James Marsden


REVIEW: F9 – The ‘Olive Garden’ of Movies

Before we begin, there are no spoilers in this review. I typically don’t watch trailers before I see a movie, but I have since gone back and watched the trailers for F9 so this review will only explicitly mention scenes that are already publicly available. I didn’t think we’d be at the point where I […] The post REVIEW: F9 – The ‘Olive Garden’ of Movies appeared first on ZANNALAND!.
Tags: Parenting, Dwayne Johnson, Movie Review, Movie Reviews, Ludacris, John Cena, Vin Diesel, Fast & Furious, Charlize Theron, Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious, Dom Toretto, Fast Five, 2 Fast 2 Furious, F9, Fast And Furious Movie Review


A Quiet Place Part II Review – Horror Just Can’t Ditch Its Hurdles

When A Quiet Place ended it left a battle raging between the curiosity of a wickedly fun take on how horror could work and the genre’s oldest crutch – dependence on stupid decisions. It was filled with great scenes that let tension flow from the world it built, but getting from one to the other was at times an eye-rolling chore. There was enough attention to the pace and characters to mostly offset the disbelief that simply couldn’t be suspended, which resulted ultimately in a pretty decent ride...
Tags: Featured, Movies, Movie Review, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Krasinski, Newsline, Regan Millicent Simmonds, Evelyn Emily Blunt, Lee John Krasinski, Marcus Noah Jupe, Jonny Cournoyer, Emmett Cillian Murphy


Cruella Review – Disney Perfects Live-Action Adaptation By Avoiding Existing Stories

Disney‘s effort to turn animated features into live-action films has not only been hit-or-miss, but has run through an entire spectrum from near-line-for-line remakes to reinventions. With Cruella, Disney broadens things even further by taking on a prequel. It’s not just a prequel, but one that really needn’t connect with anything. Sure, Cruella’s (Emma Stone) “henchmen” are still named Jasper (Joel Fry – who is unlikely to be recognized for how quietly strong he is here) and Horace (Paul Walter...
Tags: London, Featured, Movies, Disney, Movie Review, Emma Stone, Jasper, Emma Thompson, Disneyland, Abigail, Newsline, Estella, Horace, Cruella, Cruella Disney, Tony McNamara


Army Of The Dead Review – Old Meets New In The Worst Way

**Warning – This review may or may not contain spoilers, and it doesn’t make the slightest difference** Roger Ebert famously gave Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 3.5 stars out of four – read his review here – and even quickly returned to the film in another article to declare, “I admit it: I loved Indy.” The gist of his thoughts, summed up when he says, “I want goofy action,” is that the movie is good specifically because it’s stupid. Doing impossible things, sword-fighting...
Tags: Featured, Movies, Tig Notaro, Movie Review, Netflix, Roger Ebert, Army, Las Vegas, Indiana Jones, Scott, Snyder, Tanaka, Ebert, Newsline, Zack Snyder, Scott Ward


Riders Of Justice Review – Revenge And Grief Spiral In Genre Meld

It’s a little soon (for American audiences who may have only just seen Oscar winner Another Round) to imagine Mads Mikkelsen being perfect for another role, and Riders of Justice may not be in an awards-friendly genre, but I can’t think of anyone else who would be equal to the task here. That isn’t to say that Riders of Justice gives us any roles that demand Best Actor attention, it doesn’t, but Mikkelsen’s Markus is a quiet, stoic, soldier who has to reasonably deliver emotional destruction, wh...
Tags: Featured, Movies, Movie Review, Otto, Newsline, Markus, John Wick, Mikkelsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Justice Review, Anders Thomas Jensen, Riders of Justice, Otto Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Lennart Lars Brygmann, Emmenthaler Nicolas Bro Otto, Otto Lennart



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