movies

What’s So Great About the X-Men? (Astonishing X-Men Review)

My first exposure to the X-Men was on a Saturday. I was watching the movies, directed by Bryan Singer, both X-Men and X2 in a mini-marathon. Sometime in the middle of the first film, I remember leaping from my seat in a fit of upset over the way our heroes were being treated. Now, reading […]

Ender vs. Anakin

Orson Scott Card’s classic award-winning novel Ender’s Game features Ender Wiggin, a six-year old boy genius who saves the world. Ender has superhuman talents that enable him to accomplish great feats, just like Anakin Skywalker from George Lucas’s Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. But unlike Ender, Anakin Skywalker is more cutesy than heroic […]

Spotlight: Because of Winn-Dixie (Review)

A review of Because of Winn-Dixie, the film directed by Wayne Wang, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo. This is a touching portrait of a little girl’s heart. It’s a film I rented and watched, and then felt I had to watch again. And then I felt like I needed my own copy of […]

Spotlight: City Lights (Review)

For Valentine’s week, I’m looking at one of the best loved romantic movies of all time. No, not Casablanca, though that is one of the best loved romantic movies of all time. Go back about another decade, to 1931, to the time of Charlie Chaplin. His films enraptured me as a boy. Even today, as […]

March of the Penguins, and Why Should I Care?

I don’t know what made me thought March of the Penguins was going to have a great story. No matter what a penguin’s life is like, there was something about the ads that made me think I was going to care what happened to these penguins. I didn’t think it was going to be just […]

Spotlight: Firefly and Serenity (Review)

Whatever happened to Zorro? I think I may have seen him on a spaceship, a Firefly-class cargo vessel called Serenity. And there was even an episode with a swordfight!

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (the movie) (Review)

Love it, hate it, or ignore it, or all of the above— you must see this movie, and I’ll tell you why.