Movie Review – Pan


In the century long retelling and revisioning of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who could fly, Joe Wright’s version may be the most depressing. Early on we’re told (or warned) that this isn’t the story we’ve been told before. That could be problematic, but hopefully Pan captures the essence of the character, despite the subtle changes to the story. Well, no. Though it’s never really been discussed, how Peter got to Neverland; this origin story doesn’t really mesh with the story we do know. It starts off with young Peter (Levi Miller) surviving the London Blitz in an orphanage that’s barely hospitable for barn animals. But, the curious (or defiant) Peter with his friend Nibs (Lewis MacDougall) have reason to believe, that the bullish Mother Barnabas (Kathy Burke) is hoarding the goods while the kids eat a rationing of gruel. In the night, some of the kids go missing. Presumed to be adopted, Peter and Nibs continue on the hunt for treasure, but are startled when they discover the true cause of the missing kids. 

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The story of Stan Lee, WITH GREAT POWER, arrives on DVD in November

Before many of your favorite Marvel superheroes made it to big screen, they were birthed into comic books by creator Stan Lee.  Coming to DVD from FilmBuffWITH GREAT POWER: THE STAN LEE STORY tells the story of the legendary writer and how he brought many of Marvel‘s superheroes (such as X-Men, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, etc.) to life.  Included in the profile film are Continue reading “The story of Stan Lee, WITH GREAT POWER, arrives on DVD in November”

MOVIE REVIEW: Marvel’s The Avengers

Jon Favreau’s Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk.
Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.
Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
To cull a quote from another Jon Favreau-scripted movie, “Everything that is past is prologue to this.”*
Well, “this” just happens to be the Joss Whedon-directed, gargantuan mother of all crossover movies involving all of the aforementioned Marvel superheroes – Marvel’s The Avengers.
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MOVIE REVIEW-My Week With Marilyn

One of hardest things to do in film is to portray a person everyone knows or at least thinks they know. Marilyn Monroe is one of the people.  She is an icon of Hollywood and a sex symbol but much of what we see of her on film is an image. Not much is really known of the person publically to humanize her other than that wink and smile. The BBC Films’ production My Week With Marilyn attempts to do that with Michelle Williams playing Marilyn.

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Parents try to teach their children the right morals and how to behave in life.  It must be tough.  Especially when they’re young there’s so much push and pull, it’s got to drive them crazy.  They want the best for their children and want to make sure that they’re well mannered, well deserving individuals.  Now imagine being put into a position of privilege.  That’s got to be even more difficult.  When you’re given virtually anything that you want and don’t have to work for it, how can you still maintain an individual who is humble in nature?  I guess that’s where a wise parent comes into play.

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