The movie Enola Holmes is currently airing on Netflix. It caught my attention for two reasons. First, its star is part of the bright young cast of the series Stranger Things. Millie Bobby Brown played the young girl rescued from a bizarre science experiment in that series. She was known in Stranger Things simply as Eleven. In Enola Holmes she plays the starring role, the baby sister of Sherlock Holmes. This is our first chance to see her in something that allows her to stretch her legs and talent, showing us what she’s capable of. The second reason I wanted … Continue reading Enola Holmes
I just finished watching the final show of WandaVision. This is the series that is supposed to officially kick off the new phase of entertainment for Marvel Studios. Being the big fan of Marvel comics/TV/movies that I am, I was really looking forward to this show. Now that I’ve seen it I have to say my reactions are mixed. On the positive side, I enjoyed the sheer creativity of the series. There wasn’t a single story element of the show that was predictable. It starts out like an episode of I Love Lucy complete with black and white film, 50’s … Continue reading WandaVision
The classic book Emma is one of Jane Austen‘s most beloved classics, by book readers and movie goers alike. It’s second only to Pride & Prejudice in it’s popularity. Emma and P & P are both remade by Hollywood or the British BBC every 10 to 20 years. A brand new version of Emma was recently released to the movie going public, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, so I thought it might be a good time to give some pointers on which of the Emma adaptations is the best of the best. They’re all good entertaining movies which makes it a difficult task to … Continue reading Emma Movies – Which is the Best?
For those who have yet to discover The Chosen it is a new TV series about the ministry of Jesus Christ told through the eyes of those who knew him. The show was produced by VidAngel and paid for through crowd-funding. According to Wikipedia, it was the highest crowd-funded media project of all time. All eight shows of season one can be seen for free on YouTube or purchased as a set of DVD’s. One of my kids gave my wife the DVD set for Mother’s Day and we’ve been enjoying watching it as a family. I was hesitant to … Continue reading The Chosen TV Series
This is part 2 in my series of blog posts that highlight some of the great comedy from the past that was not dependent on vulgarities or sexually related humor to be funny. Monty Python is another huge influence on me as far as the kind of humor that I enjoy. When it comes to my inspirations for my Glazed Man and Rat Girl books, the top two are definitely SCTV (see my previous post) and Monty Python. Specifically, I’m a big fan of the old Monty Python and the Flying Circus British TV show, plus their classic movie, Monty … Continue reading Now That’s Funny #2 – Monty Python’s Olympics
In celebration of Easter, I’d like to share the video below. It was created by The Bible Project. Their videos are top notch, both in artistic style and in clarity of message. To see more of their videos, go here. The one that I’ve shared below is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It not only describes what happened in the events of the resurrection, but it also does a good job of explaining the significance of it all. It’s more than just a cool Bible story. It is the most important event in the history of the world. I … Continue reading Cool Easter Animation
This is book #1 in the hugely successful Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. As of this writing, there are eight books in the series. A movie is also on the way, scheduled to come out this August. I’ve seen the Fowl books on the bookshelves for several years and always thought they looked like something I would enjoy. I finally got around to reading the first one and was not disappointed. This book does a good job of introducing our main character. Early on in the reading, I was surprised to see that Artemis is not what I’d expected … Continue reading Artemis Fowl – Book Review
I finished off 2018 by watching two of Disney’s newest remakes and I absolutely loved both films. In fact, they are at the top of my list below. In a day and age when moviegoers are getting more difficult to please because there are so many other appealing options available for movie watching, Disney has stumbled upon a pot of gold. They’re remaking all of their classic animated tales from the past sixty years into live-action films that include all of the computer-generated wiz-bang effects available today. So far, their new formula has worked wondrously. I believe their success is … Continue reading Disney Remakes – Ranked
Stan Lee died yesterday at age 95. He was the co-creator of Marvel Comics and the man most responsible for their success. Most of the popular Marvel superheroes, including Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the X-Men and many more would not exist without the fertile imagination of Stan Lee. I grew up reading Marvel comics and I still cherish my collection of comic books that I’ve owned since I was 12 to 16 years old. Stan’s influence along with other great writers and artists like Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Steve Ditko and more can still be seen in my … Continue reading Stan Lee R.I.P.
Remember when superhero movies were fun, action-packed, feel-good movies? Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 1 & 2 are good examples. And then there was the first Iron Man, one of my favorites of all time. Even the first Avengers movie had plenty of good triumphing over evil and solid heroes that we knew would always do the right thing in the end. Things have changed in superhero movieland. It seems like the two big guns, Marvel and DC are in a battle to see which one can put out the most depressing movie about heroes who are almost as bad as the … Continue reading Ant-Man & Wasp, Bringing Back the Fun