Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The publishing industry often looks down its elitist nose at so-called “young adult” literature, but writers aiming at a teen audience have given us a lot of our most beloved stories and characters. Not just Harry Potter and his wonderful Hogwarts, but The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz, Huckleberry Finn, The Chronicles of Narnia and so many more. And add to that the delightful trilogy that starts with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom…Read More

The Best September Movies On Netflix

Every month Netflix releases new movies for people to watch as licenses are negotiated and new companies join the fold. This month, September, 2016, here’s what’s coming on Netflix and is definitely worth seeing: Footloose (1984) Is there a more iconic 80’s movie about dancing, freedom and adolescence? Well, sure, there are all the great John Hughes movies, but still, Footloose is worth a re-watch for a young Kevin Bacon, the nostalgia and the terrific…Read More

Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

If you’ve seen the 2006 surprise hit 300, you’ve basically seen 300: Rise of an Empire. This time, however, it’s not Greek King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) who is sacrificing everything for Sparta against the evil Persian god-king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) but Greek battle commander Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) sacrificing everything against, yes, Xerxes and the invading Persians. 300: Rise of an Empire basically takes place concurrently with the original 300 movie, where early in the film…Read More

Review: Dark Shadows

A creepy goth tale of love and revenge, a 17th century vampire out of place in 1970’s Maine, a troubled family fallen on bad times. Based on a popular soap opera of the 1960s, the film version of Dark Shadows suffers from some horrible scenes and a story that gets increasingly incoherent as it proceeds to its predictable, though completely incomprehensible ending. Dark Shadows is the eighth collaboration between director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp,…Read More