Category Archives: Movies and Films

Anything to do with cinema, movies and films, including DVDs and broadcast movies.

The Problem with Vampires

A friend of mine is a big fan of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I haven’t read the books, nor do I feel any particular desire to do so. But I have seen the two movies that came out, mostly by accident. My daughter and I were hoping to see something else, but in a small rural location the choices are limited, and once we take the trouble to make it out of the house to see a movie, it seems a shame to cancel the outing just on account of the movie itself. Continue reading

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Where Have All the Nannies Gone? A Review of Saving Mr. Banks

Ultimately both Disney and Travers were conflicted and inconsistent. He enjoyed great business success, but put out movies that pandered to the foes of industry and free trade. She wanted to hold on to her artistic purity, but did not realize that only money could set her free to do that. All in all, it’s still a very optimistic movie. Why? Because the Sherman brothers wrote great songs! They showed both sides of the coin equally well. Continue reading

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Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises: For Children or Not?

Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film is a biography, based on the true life story of Jiro Horikoshi, (堀越 二郎), the man who designed the Zero fighter used by the Japanese during World War II. This may be Miyazaki’s last film, and … Continue reading

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Ouran High School Host Club Review

Ouran High School Host Club is an anime series about a girl named Haruhih Fujioka. She gets a scholarship at Ouran Academy. When she looks for a quiet place to study and walks into the music room. She finds a … Continue reading

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Angelique’s Lament, a Dark Shadows Filksong

When I was ten years old, my family  moved to the United States for good. I was very lonely, and I didn’t have any friends. (For a fictionalized account of what I was going through, read my story The Punky-Wunkies.) … Continue reading

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A Movie Review: A Man For All Seasons

I wrote this movie review as a short paper for a history class I took back in college. The movie A Man for All Seasons, is an account of Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and the political and … Continue reading

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Ayesha Takia in MOD  मोड

I don’t usually watch Bollywood movies, and I do not speak Hindi or Tamil, and I don’t normally enjoy watching movies where I don’t understand what people are saying. However  I was able to watch Ayesha Takia in the movie … Continue reading

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Watch Origin: Spirits of the Past online

Do you enjoy anime? Are some of your favorite movies Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind or Princess Mononoke? Then you will enjoy watching Origin: Spirits of the Past. And you can watch it completely free of charge, right … Continue reading

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Daria Review

Daria is a cartoon show about a girl who goes to high school and loves to be sarcastic but doesn’t show a lot of emotions. This show is very addicting and I recommend to buy it and watch it. Later … Continue reading

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The Reviews Are In: From Up on Poppy Hill

Studio Ghibli released its new film From Up on Poppy Hill  (コクリコ坂から ) this July. It’s been a while since From Up On Poppy Hill premiered in Japan, and the reviews are in.  Those of us back in America still … Continue reading

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