Movie Review: Piglet’s BIG Movie

Title: Piglet’s BIG Movie
Release Date: 2003
Director: Francis Glebas
Production Co: Disney
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Animation | Family
Rating: **1/2

Summary/Review:  This is the second in a series of contemporary adaptations of the Pooh franchise that Disney has released in the past decade or so.  Unlike The Tigger Movie which I found surprisingly good, this is more of what I expect from Disney in milking the classics with some cheesy contemporary references thrown in.  A soundtrack by Carly Simon features heavily in this movie almost as if the whole film was a vehicle for promoting her songs.  Simon even appears during the credits.  The story focuses on Piglet feeling unappreciated because he is small and wandering off and then his friends go looking for him.  This is all a framing device for three flashback stories that show Piglet’s heroism.  The flashbacks are the best part as they are based on A.A. Milne stories and are true to the originals.  It’s a fun, sweet film – you really can’t go wrong with Pooh and Piglet – but they’ve done better.

Movie Review: The Sound of Music

Title: The Sound of Music
Release Date: 1965
Director: Robert Wise
Production Co: 20th Century Fox
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Musical / Classic
Rating: ****1/2

Summary/Review: It’s hokey, a bit saccharine, and historically inaccurate, but The Sound of Music is a fine movie worthy of its classic status.  The music, the cast, the scenery, the cinematography — all wonderful.  I watched this with my three-year old son, his first “grown-up” film, over a period of three days (hopefully making up for the fact that I didn’t watch it for the first time until I was 20).  He enjoyed it as well, except for the boring parts when the Captain and the Baroness were just talking (“Where are Maria and the kids?”).  He  liked the music and we’ve been singing “Do-Re-Mi” and “The Lonely Goatheard.”  Granted, there are some challenging aspects of trying to explain the Nazis to a toddler mostly because I don’t think he has a frame of reference to understand Nazis yet.  Overall it’s a great movie and a great family experience and I’m sure we’ll watch it again.


Book Reviews: The Walking Dead, Book 1 by Robert Kirkman

Author: Robert Kirkman with Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, & Cliff Rathburn
Title: The Walking Dead, Book 1
Publication Info: Image Comics (2010), Hardcover
ISBN: 9781582406190

Before I start this review, I should state that I do not like zombie or zombie stories and have not at all been interested in the recent fad of zombiemania.  Nevertheless, there are exceptions to every rule and when I learned about The Walking Dead (after the tv series adaptation came out last fall) I wanted to read the book.  What makes this work is that it is not so much about the zombies as it is about the survivors and their relationships with one another under dire circumstances.  In that sense it’s like Jaws (which wasn’t just about the shark) and Battlestar Galactica (which wasn’t just about the Cylons).  On the downside I found the dialogue a bit stiff and cliched which is a bit disappointing since comic art relies on good dialogue.  I also found to keep track of the characters (and keep them apart) but they were more fleshed-out as the story went along.  The Walking Dead overall was very compelling and I’m eager to read more.

Rating: ***1/2