TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Lady of the Lake”

Jamie Chung is Mulan in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Lady of the Lake" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg Director: Milan Cheylov Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 14, 2012 If last week’s episode of ONCE UPON A TIME, “We Are Both,” felt like there wasn’t much movement story-wise, this week’s episode, “Lady of the Lake,” makes up for it. We’ve got three locales, two different timelines, plus the usual issues with characters with multiple names. So-o, even though the three main plotlines are inter-woven in the episode, I think it’ll be easier to deal with each one at a time. We’ll […]Read On »


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Exclusive Photos from the FRANKENWEENIE Los Angeles Premiere

Winona Ryder at the L.A. Premiere of FRANKENWEENIE | ©2012 Sue Schneider

The Los Angeles Premiere of Disney’s FRANKENWEENIE was recently held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. FRANKENWEENIE is from creative genius Tim Burton and is a heartwarming tale of a boy and his dog. Filmed in black and white, the story makes you think of the original FRANKENSTEIN. When young Victor’s (voiced by Charlie Tahan) dog Sparky dies unexpectedly he uses the power of science to bring him back to life. As Victor tries to hide his home-sewn creation Sparky gets out and fellow students, teachers and the entire town learn that getting a new “leash on life” can […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “We Are Both”

Barbara Hershey in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "We Are Both" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 7, 2012 It is fun to see that Regina (Lana Parilla) was a completely different person when she married Snow White’s father, and that she had her heart in the right place. But I can’t say that the “We Are Both” episode of ONCE UPON A TIME really gets us anywhere in the overall story telling. If anything, the episode foundered under too many waves of philosophizing. Now released from the curse that sent them all there, […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Broken” – Season Premiere

Ginnifer Goodwin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 Premiere - "Broken" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: September 30, 2012 I will say “Broken” is an admirable start to the second season of ONCE UPON A TIME. While we haven’t seen Captain Hook yet (in spite of endless network teases), producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have not finished mining the Disney pantheon, as Mulan (Jamie Chung), Prince Phillip (Julian Morris) and Princess Aurora (Sarah Bolger) are all in attendance as we head back to Storybrooke, Maine, the town to which […]Read On »


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CD Review: ONCE UPON A TIME soundtrack

ONCE UPON A TIME soundtrack | ©2012 Intrada Records

ABC’s fractured fairy tale show couldn’t have asked for a better composer than Mark Isham to tread between fantasy land and the “real world” of Storybrooke. Now with ONCE UPON A TIME’s yarns looking like they’ll be flipping for a while on Rumplestiltskin’s wheel, Intrada compiles the best of Isham’s episodic enchantments for an album the show’s fans will appreciate, as well as those appreciative of his cinematic stories. And therein lies TIME‘s best spell at fully bringing together those two worlds with Isham’s lush, yet melodically delicate sound. For while he might not have scored this kind of live […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “A Land Without Magic” – Season Finale

Lana Parilla and David Anders in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "A Land Without Magic" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 13, 2012 What a season finale. There may have been times when I questioned the writers, but “A Land Without Magic” does nothing but prove just how well-crafted ONCE UPON A TIME is. This is exactly where the story was headed way back last spring when they presumably shot the pilot that became the first episode. Not only that, you’ve got pay-off, wonderful tension and performances. It’s just a great episode and a lovely end […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “An Apple Red As Blood”

Ginnifer Goodwin as Mary in ONCE UPON A TIME An Apple Red as Blood | (c) 2012 ABC/JACK ROWAND

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Jane Espenson Director: David H. Goodman Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 6, 2012 We’re at the penultimate episode of the season for ONCE UPON A TIME, and it’s all about “An Apple Red as Blood,” as Regina (aka The Evil Queen, played by Lana Parilla) decides to use James/Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) as bait to get Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) to eat the fateful apple, then in the modern world, gets Jefferson (aka The Mad Hatter, Sebastian Stan) to get that same apple to bring down Emma […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Stranger”

Tony Amendola as Marco in ONCE UPON A TIME The Stranger | (c) 2012 ABC/JACK ROWAND

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Director: Gwynett Horder-Payton Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 29, 2012 You’d think “The Stranger” would have come closer to the season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME as it’s definitely rich in pay-offs. Oh yes, oh yes. Like the whole August Booth (Eion Bailey) storyline. Ever since he showed up at the tale end of “True North,” we’ve been wondering about him, especially as we find out that he does know more than he should about the fairy tale world. But as we saw […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Return”

Robert Carlyle in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "The Return" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Paul Edwards Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 22, 2012 For all the teasing ABC has been doing, it looks like we’re going to get some answers about the dual worlds of ONCE UPON A TIME. The problem is, in “The Return,” we’re getting more questions. We’ve often noted that August (Eion Bailey) does not appear to have a fairy tale world counterpart, but that he does seem to be in on what’s going on in Storybrooke, Maine. And the episode leads us along to believe […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Stable Boy”

Barbara Hershey and Noah Bean in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "The Stable Boy" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 1, 2012 One of the things I have loved most about ONCE UPON A TIME is that characters like The Evil Queen (Lana Parilla) have real reasons for being evil. Note, I didn’t say good reasons, after all, good reasons take the stuffin’s out of being evil and that can put a nasty hit on your cred as an evil character, but in “The Stable Boy,” we finally see where Regina gets it all, too. The episode […]Read On »


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