Just saying the title of this week’s Retro Review makes “MoonRiver” start playing in the back of my head. It conjures up images of tiny blue boxes, and a picturesque woman of strength and grace, Audrey Hepburn, standing outside of a large pane glass window eating a croissant. Breakfast at Tiffany’s may be one of Audrey Hepburn’s most beloved films. It is what really cements her at the top of classicHollywood royalty.
It isn’t a surprise in today’s Hollywood to see studios re-boot or re-imagine franchises. Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees have all been re-introduced to mixed results.
Technically, Scream 4 is a continuation of the franchise, but to anyone who watched the horrid Scream 3, it was obvious that the franchise needed some time off and a fresh start. Read More…
There are some holidays that are repeatedly given the Hollywood treatment, but one of the holidays that has been continually overlooked by the film industry is Easter. It has a marketable figure in the Easter Bunny, who instead of delivering toys once a year, dished out tasty treats around the world.
For those pining for some face time for the holiday and icon, Hop more than fits the bill.
Although most notably known for their world shaking music, The Beatles also made a shockingly successful venture into the realm of Hollywood film. Released in 1964 their first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night was and has become an innovative musical masterpiece that laid the groundwork for many technological and stylistic changes in the movie business. With Director Richard Lester, writer Alun Owen, and the four boys from Liverpool, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, they were able to create a surprisingly funny film that isn’t void of some of their most relevant social messages.
A modern day remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore hit, Arthur sloppily strolled back into theaters this weekend. Starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig and Jennifer Garner the film in theory sounds like the original, yet is very different in its execution. Now I won’t do a full compare and contrast between versions, but the review just wouldn’t make sense without mentioning the earlier, much beloved film.
Arthur, the 1981 film with Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, and written & directed by Steve Gorden, is a comic, sweet delight. The 2011 remake, is something that comes close but gets no cigar.
Saving Private Ryan helped the resurrection of the war genre in the late 20th century. Black Hawk Down took the formula from Saving Private Ryan and perfected it for the 21st Century. Black Hawk Down is a hallmark in film. It has taken a recent event and with an incredible take on heroism, sacrifice and war has transformed it into a feature film.