Movie Review: A League of Their Own (1992)


Title:  A League of Their Own Release Date: 1992 Director:  Penny Marshall Summary/Review: I can scratch this off the list of movies I never got around to seeing.  This highly-fictionalized movie tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League started during World War II.  It’s a generally entertaining account of an overlooked time in sports…

Movie Review: Wet Hot American Summer (2001)


Title: Wet Hot American Summer Release Date: 2001 Director:  David Wain Summary/Review: This comedy is part parody/part homage to the teen sex comedies of the 1970s and 1980s with a keen attention to period detail.  The humor is kind of hit or miss as it’s basically a series of set pieces and some are funnier than…

Movie Review: Moonrise Kindgom


Title: Moonrise Kindgom Release Date: 2012 Director: Wes Anderson Summary/Review: Set in 1965 on a fictional, rural island in New England this movie tells the story of a pair of 12-year-old, both outsiders with “behavior problems,” who decide to run away together and the efforts of their community to find them.  This being a Wes Anderson…

The Christmas Revels: A Welsh Celebration of the Winter Solstice


It’s warm and overcast out, and looking to only get warmer as the week goes.  We’re more likely to have a wet Christmas than a white Christmas, but I know the holiday is coming soon.  Today my family and I celebrated the solstice with a matinée of The Christmas Revels.  This is our (mostly) annual…

Movie Review: UHF (1989)


Title: UHF Release Date: 21 July 1989 Director: Jay Levey Production Co: Orion Pictures Country: United States Language: English Genre: Comedy Rating: ** A recent article about this movie contains this quote: All over America, whenever a young man turns 13, he sees this film, and it becomes his favorite film of all time. It’s kind of…

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect (2012)


Title:  Pitch Perfect Release Date: 5 October 2012 Director:Jason Moore Production Co:Brownstone Productions Country:USA Language:English Genre:Comedy | Musical Rating: ***1/2 Recently, I’ve been seeing references to Anna Kendrick everywhere, as if the universe wishes for me to know of her existence.  So I decided to watch this musical comedy which has a reputation as a cult…

The 44th Annual Christmas Revels


The Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge are annual family tradition.  My first Revels experience was in Washington in 1996.  After moving to the Boston area, the Cambridge Revels were an annual event from 2001-2006.  We missed the show in 2007 due to a newborn, and in 2008 due to a blizzard, but have…

Movie Review: The LEGO Movie


Title: The LEGO Movie Release Date: 7 February 2014 Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Production Co: Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures Country: United States Language: English Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy Rating: **** You’re reading this correctly.  I’m reviewing a current film that’s in theatrical release right now.  My son and I went to…

Movie Review: Slap Shot (1977)


Title: Slap Shot Release Date: 25 February 1977 Director: George Roy Hill Production Co: Kings Road Entertainment Country: USA Language: English Genre: Comedy | Drama | Sport Rating: **** Another classic comedy that I never got around to seeing until now.  With the closing of the local factory, the Charlestown Chiefs are likely to fold…

Movie Review: Frances Ha (2012)


Title: Frances Ha Release Date: Director: Noah Baumbach Production Co: R.T. Features Country: United States Language: English Genre: Comedy | Mumblecore Rating: *** This stylized b&w film follows the foibles of a 27-year old dancer in New York over the course of a year in which her prospects for work, relationships, and even a place to…