THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA is a six-part miniseries airing Monday nights on HBO. Adapted by David Simon from Philip Roth’s novel, THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA is set in an alternate 1940. Celebrity aviator Charles Lindbergh (Ben Cole), a fascist sympathizer and anti-Semite, has been elected President of the United States. Rather than declaring war on Nazi Germany, Lindbergh makes friends with Hitler, blaming Jews for everything wrong in America. Roth’s novel was published in 2004, but it has timely resonance. THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA focuses on the Levin family of New Jersey, who are divided on how to view the […]Read On »
Twin brothers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, known professionally as the Duffer Brothers, have made their first TV show, Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS. Set in a small town in 1983, STRANGER THINGS evokes films of that era by Steven Spielberg. There are young boys on bicycles (Galen Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard), searching for their lost friend Will (Noah Schnapp), whose mother (Winona Ryder) is frantically trying to connect with her son through unusual means, a mysterious young girl, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), with strange powers, a transdimen sional rift, a monster, and more. STRANGER THINGS deftly reconstructs the joys of […]Read On »
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 »
Rating: PG Stars (voices): Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Winona Ryder, Robert Capron, James Hiroyuki Lao, Conchata Ferrell, Tom Kenny Screenplay: John August, based on a screenplay by Leon Ripps, based on an original idea by Tim Burton Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: October 5, 2012 In 1984, Tim Burton made FRANKENWEENIE as a short film (directed by Burton from Lenny Ripps’ script, based on Burton’s original idea) that essentially launched his career. It’s taken the filmmaker almost thirty years, but he’s finally made FRANKENWEENIE into a full-length animated feature film. There’s […]Read On »
Tim Burton’s latest stop motion film follow A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and THE CORPSE BRIDE is actually a blast from the past. FRANKENWEENIE is a black and white stop-motion film based on the live action Disney short he did in 1984 before he hit it big with PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE and BEETLEJUICE. The first FRANKENWEENIE trailer has finally made its debut, and you can check it out below. The film arrives October 5 and features the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. Surprisingly, there’s no Johnny Depp voice cameo this time out. AGREE? DISAGREE? LET YOUR VOICE […]Read On »
Dancing can be dangerous, and not just physically. The canon of ballet narratives is full of tales of people (mostly women) who dance themselves to death. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s seminal 1948 THE RED SHOES famously turned a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale into a fable set in the world of ballet. Now director Darren Aronofsky uses the classic SWAN LAKE as the backdrop and catalyst for the potential implosion of his heroine.