Set on the familiar countryside estate, the Bennett family live a simple life. Mrs. Bennett worries about the wellness of her five daughters Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, Catherine and Lydia. Getting older by the second, the Bennett siblings are approaching the marrying age, which usually means a financial gain for the Bennett’s. Mr. Bennett is equally concerned for his daughters. While the social elite train and study in Japan, China is a cost-effective solution and the Bennett girls have trained hard in the Orient. But, training for what? Well, the zombie apocalypse, of course. In one scene the girls don their best wares for an upcoming ball. There’s an equal amount of tightening and fastening of corsets and garters, along with sharpening of knives and polishing of muskets; making the girls truly as dangerous as they are pretty. Continue reading “Review – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”
The tenth Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation is ‘The Longest Drive’. Another saccharin rich story of boy meets girl, (stuff) happening and boy risks losing girl. But, with a little luck; both boy and girl find a way to make it work. Sophia Danko (Britt Robertson) is a Wake Forest University senior who has aspirations of being an art dealer in New York. Dragged away from her books to buy her impossibly attractive sorority sisters to bull riding competition; Sophia expectantly meets Luke Collins (Scott Eastwood), a professional rider. Luke is a year removed from a career threatening injury at the hooves of (the scene stealing) Rango, an ill-tempered bull. Sophia and Luke start their summer fling on schedule, but happen across a wrecked car off the side of the road. Luke pulls the driver, Ira (Alan Alda) from the wreckage and Sophia saves his box of letters to his wife Ruth; the letters chronicle their 60 year marriage, which started in the mid 1940’s.
If you’re an avid fan of the Rolling Stones and appreciate the typically languid pace of Sopranos mastermind David Chase, then parts of this fictionalized flashback to the writer/director’s formative years as part of a New Jersey garage band might interest you. Not Fade Away is likely to trigger a little nostalgia, though you’ll need to put up with a whole lot of nothing to enjoy the film’s redeeming aspects, which are so few and far between that its title could refer more to Chase’s overestimation of his audience’s attention span than to the Buddy Holly song. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Not Fade Away”
HBO’s Boardwalk Empire was a powerhouse last season. And for those of you anxiously awaiting season 2, we’ve got the information you’re dying to see!