Neeli Sethi as Mowgli and Bill Murray as Baloo in 2016 The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book Is a Gorgeous Must-See

The Jungle Book (1967) is easily one of my favorite animated Disney films. A young boy grows up and has adventures with animal friends to a soundtrack that includes jazzy songs like “I Wanna Be Like You” and “The Bare Necessities”? Yeah, I’m so there. Not to mention, it dodged British imperialism and the homicidal elephant ending from Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 story, so that was nice (though it did still have issues with racial stereotypes). Fortunately, the live-action version keeps the spirit of the 1967 animated classic alive. Continue reading “The Jungle Book Is a Gorgeous Must-See”

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega - Star Wars Episode VII

It’s About Damn Time We Had a Movie Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Do you remember the feeling you had when you first saw Star Wars? No, not the prequels. I mean the original trilogy starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. Well, you’re going to get that feeling again when you watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens (a.k.a. Episode VII) because it captures everything that was good about the original trilogy. That’s right—J.J. Abrams did what some of us (including me) thought to be impossible. Continue reading “It’s About Damn Time We Had a Movie Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years A Slave: Brutal Yet Beautiful

Well, kids, believe the Oscar talk on this one. 12 Years A Slave is a film to be reckoned with. Unlike a lot of the films about slavery (and there are A LOT), 12 Years A Slave is probably one of the more violent and depressing, most of which has to do with its subject matter. The story actually comes from an autobiographical book written in 1853 by the real Solomon Northup, who is played by the relatively unknown Chiwetel Ejiofor in this film. Since I couldn’t find a good (or short) plot description, I’ll just go ahead and explain it here before we get into the heavy stuff. Continue reading “12 Years A Slave: Brutal Yet Beautiful”