The Hunger Games: Who Should Watch?

Despite having heard rave reviews of “The Hunger Games” from two readers in two generations who really loved Harry Potter,  I sniffed at the book covers with a certain disdain – kids killing kids? Sounded too violent and… offensive to …

3.22.12

Keep Cool this Spring

Sunday night March 18 was the premiere of the Discovery Channel’s new series Frozen Planet, and we highly recommend setting your DVRs for the next six weeks continue to capture the high drama and stunning photography of another epic …

3.20.12

The Artist – a silent film made in the old LA tradition

Silent films are suddenly all the rage… good timing the Oscar sweep by The Artist. You can catch several silent films this spring — after you see The Artist in the theaters, that is.

In May, The Los Angeles …

3.15.12

The Secret World of Arrietty

Hayao Miyazaki and his team of master animators at Studio Ghibli worked with American animators at Disney to produce a new film adaptation of Mary Norton’s popular book, “The Borrowers”. If your family loves Kiki’s Delivery Service, The Princess

2.15.12

Your Week with Marilyn

I never really lost my head over anything to do with Marilyn Monroe — other than Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind.”  But the screen siren is hard to ignore this season; I loved My Week with Marilyn, and …

1.31.12

ARCHIVED EVENT: Vivian Maier – Mary Poppins finds celebrity post-humously

Sometimes a story comes along that captures the imagination of everyone that hears it: the story of Vivian Maier is one of those tales. Maier was a nanny in upscale neighborhoods in Chicago in the 1950s (she once worked for …

1.26.12

Beauty and the Beast in 3D is a Little Too Real

“Mummie, are bad guys real?”

It’s the sort of question you don’t want to answer as a parent.  Up there with am I going to die someday and does Santa really exist.  You want to be honest, but you don’t …

1.24.12

While noting a heroic dad meme in this year’s films, don’t over look the down-grade of the perfect mother (or, why I love CRAZY STUPID LOVE)

A recent spate of movies portray mothers that are dead, dying or just plain absent, leaving their handsome husbands to stitch their moribund families back together. In Descendants, George Clooney plays a man whose wife spends the whole movie …

12.15.11

Hugo – from page to screen (and some Oscars in between)

 

Our favorite in this season’s varied crop of family films is Hugo, director Martin Scorsese’s sumptuous 3D adaptation of Brian Selznick’s award-winning, best-selling novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”. At first glance, Hugo would seem to hail from …

11.28.11