“Tolkien”: The Monsters and the Critics

"Tolkien" is sincere, good-hearted, and often beautiful, though it sometimes stumbles and loses sight of the real man at its heart.

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Classic Remarks: Is the Phantom of the Opera abusive or romantic?

Is the Phantom of the Opera abusive or romantic? (You can discuss the musical or the book version, or the differences between the two.) Ugh, this guy. Let me be upfront: my judgment is on Joel Schumacher’s 2004 Phantom of the Opera movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical. I haven’t seen any other film … Continue reading Classic Remarks: Is the Phantom of the Opera abusive or romantic?

Movie Review: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012)

N.B. – This is the review that nearly killed The Warden’s Walk. Thinking about the movie, even over a year after I saw it, depresses me. It’s torn me up, trying to evaluate it. Are a few flecks of brilliance enough to make a dull rock valuable? I hope so, but I wonder. Yet The … Continue reading Movie Review: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012)

Movie Review: “Legend” (1985)

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Title: Legend (1985) IMDb Director: Ridley Scott Lead Actors: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry Score Composer: one version has Jerry Goldsmith’s score, the one I saw has Tangerine Dream’s Length: 89 minutes; U.S. theatrical version (there are at least two other versions with different lengths) Rating (US): ? Couldn’t find an official rating, but … Continue reading Movie Review: “Legend” (1985)

Movie Review: “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010)

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Title: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) IMDb Director: Mike Newell Lead Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal (Dastan), Gemma Arterton (Tamina), Ben Kingsley (Nizan), Alfred Molina (Sheik Amar) Score Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams Length: 116 min. Rating (US): PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action. Spoiler-free Synopsis: “Set in the mystical lands of Persia, a … Continue reading Movie Review: “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010)

Movie Review: “Ladyhawke” (1985)

Title: Ladyhawke (1985) IMDb Director: Richard Donner Lead Actors: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Wood Score Composer: Andrew Powell Length: 121 minutes Rating (US): PG-13 Spoiler-free Synopsis: A young pickpocket joins up with a knight and lady as the lovers try to defeat a curse that was set upon them by a corrupt … Continue reading Movie Review: “Ladyhawke” (1985)

Movie Review: “The Secret of Kells” (2009)

Title: The Secret of Kells (2010) IMDb Director: Tomm Moore (yes, two M’s) Voice Actors: Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally Score Composer: Bruno Coulais Length: 75 minutes Rating (US): No MPAA rating; suitable for older children, but beware of a few very intense, scary sequences, including an implied slaughter of village folk … Continue reading Movie Review: “The Secret of Kells” (2009)