BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

If a description is necessary of Disney’s 2017 live-action re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, let it be this: Moviemaking by committee. Not one frame of this two-hour and nine-minute hollow money grab smacks of personality or identity. Nor does it carry the weight of craft, charm or the unbridled joy found in either the 1991 animated version or the 1946 live-action film from Jean Cocteau. Instead, Beauty and the Beast opts for familiarity, redundancy and unnecessary indulgences that neither expand the world nor reveal uncovered truths. Sticking close to both the ’91 animated telling and the ’94 Broadway musical that … Continue reading BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Movie Beat – 07.18.14

Aftermath – The much feared and talked about Nuclear Holocaust has finally come and claimed the lives of all but nine survivors who hole up in a farmhouse basement. The world may be over for most, but for these nine, the worst is far from over. Edward Furlong, Monica Keena, Andre Royo, Jessie Rusu, C.J. Thomason and Christine Kelly star in a script by Christian McDonald and directed by Peter Engert. In limited release from RLJ/Image Entertainment.   Alive Inside – Michael Rossato-Bennett has been following Dan Cohen, a social worker and the founder of Music & Memory, as he … Continue reading Movie Beat – 07.18.14

Movie Beat – 11.27.13

Black Nativity – It’s time for holiday movies, and that means focus on the family and focus on the faith. In Black Nativity, the road to both of these runs right through the church, which allows for a good deal of musical numbers. Langston (Jacob Latimore) and his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson), have run across hard times, and Langston is sent to his grandparents, the Reverend (Forest Whitaker) and Aretha (Angela Bassett). They are going to try and steer Langston in the right direction, if only he will let them. Adapted from the play by Langston Hughes and directed by … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.27.13

THANKS FOR SHARING

Thanks for Sharing begins with a man praying before breakfast. Next, he is seated at the breakfast table, almost in the same prayer position as before. Filmed from overhead, we see his watch, tie, and belt laid out before him in a very meticulous and exact manner. In another movie, he might be a samurai warrior preparing for battle. Instead, he is Adam (Mark Ruffalo) a normal businessman in New York City and he is preparing battle, but of a very personal nature. Adam is a sex addict. To traverse one of the busiest cities in the world, Adam will … Continue reading THANKS FOR SHARING

Movie Beat – 09.20.13

After Tiller – Since the Supreme Court legalized abortions in 1973, eight abortion clinic workers have been murdered. Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, KS was the most recent, and one of the most controversial considering that he openly practiced third-trimester abortions. This is a heavily debated political issue, but this documentary is not interested in weighing this side versus that side, it wants to answer basic questions: Why does the mother decide that they cannot go through with the birth this late in the game? Why do these clinic workers, who are constantly in danger, continue to do the work … Continue reading Movie Beat – 09.20.13

Movie Beat – 08.16.13

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) is trying to get back to the love of his life, Ruth (Rooney Mara). While he’s been away in prison, Sheriff Patrick Wheeler (Ben Foster) has been keeping an eye on Ruth, and now that Muldoon is out, Wheeler has to go looking for him. Ruth has plans of her own, and when people stand between you and your beloved, they don’t amount to a hill of beans. Sometimes it doesn’t matter which side of the law you are on, what matters are your intentions. Cue the shootout. Written and directed by … Continue reading Movie Beat – 08.16.13