Category Archives: About the Arts

Review of The Shape of Water

Review of The Shape of Water. Think of the major themes Hollywood has pushed for the last decade, and you’ve got the script for The Shape of Water. Don’t believe me? Give it a try. How about diversity, physical handicaps, forbidden love, same-sex attraction, racial bigotry, xenophobia, evil white male patriarchy, nudity, gratuitous sex and violence, plus a heavy dose of nostalgia?... Read More | Share it now!

My Friends Loved The Greatest Showman

So many of my friends loved The Greatest Showman. My FaceBook feed was full of encomiums for weeks before I made it to a big screen theatre. I think I know why. It has to be the love story between a tall, handsome, talented and charismatic leading man and a beautiful blonde woman that brought my friends home cheering. A lot of us feel like love as a possibility, much less an actuality, has been maligned in movies far too much. The love in this movie created the sense of a solid base for Barnum’s soaring imagination, a grounding that made his ambitions exciting rather than terrifying.... Read More | Share it now!

Painful to watch Iron Lady movie

I found it painful to watch the Iron Lady movie. I’m always prepared to be mesmerized by Meryl Streep, and truly her brilliant portrayal of Margaret Thatcher did not disappoint. Nevertheless, I found the movie distinctly painful.... Read More | Share it now!

Garrison Keillor Came to Town

Garrison Keillor came to town and I blithely paid my money and trotted off to see his one-man live show. If you’re used to his radio show, you’ll have to close your eyes during the stage performance, however.  He has this mannerism of throwing his hair back with his right hand.  I wanted to give him some hair clips during intermission–except there wasn’t an intermission during the stage performance.  No kidding! The man kept us riveted with a two-hour non-stop performance!... Read More | Share it now!

Viewing versus reading The Hunger Games

Viewing versus reading The Hunger Games is a distinctly different experience. I’ve experienced strong student engagement each time I’ve used The Hunger Games novel for YA literature classes. But the image that disquieted me the most after viewing the movie was not the merciless slaughter on-screen, although it was truly horrific. It was not the foppish elegance of the Capitol citizens with their bizarre make-up and clothes, because they were positioned as Other to me as viewer. The image that choked the breath out of me was the circle of computer engineers.... Read More | Share it now!

Comparison of Hugo and The Artist

I’m compelled to make the comparison of Hugo and The Artist, two movies about early film-making. I know I’m supposed to adore the movie The Artist. I know I’m supposed to think of it as an elegant and engaging salute to silent film. I know if I write a review in which I say it is one of the most self-serving, self-congratulatory bits Hollywood has ever created, that I  will be decried as a film philistine.... Read More | Share it now!

The Descendants and We Bought a Zoo

My comparison of The Descendants and We Bought a Zoo turns on directorial artistry, specifically its presence in the first and its lack in the second. Each movie tells the story of how a man and his two children cope with the death of his wife/their mother, and each movie had equally compelling settings of the beauty of Kauai and a zoo full of animals.... Read More | Share it now!

Las Vegas with Donny and Marie

We loved our evening at the Flamingo in Las Vegas with Donny and Marie. Their show, “Forever Fabulous,” has rightly deserved the many awards it has received. The polish, the talent, the energy, yes, all of the necessary parts were there. But there was something about the show that raised it above the norm for excellent.... Read More | Share it now!