PARANORMAN: I Wish I Understood You

ParaNorman (2012) – Directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler – Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, Jodelle Micah Ferland, John Goodman, and Tempestt Bledsoe. PARANORMAN is a ridiculously dumb title, but that’s the only thing this movie does poorly. PARANORMAN is…

SHREK 2: We are Definitely Not in the Swamp Anymore

Shrek 2 (2004) – Directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon – Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders, and Tom Waits. SHREK 2 is a solid animated feature, artfully blending a good story, good characters, and excellent visuals. It’s funny, but with…

EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS: Happy Chanukah to Our Wonderful Son

Eight Crazy Nights (2002) – Directed by Seth Kearsley and Adam Sandler – Starring Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone, Kevin Nealon, Jon Lovitz, Tyra Banks, and Carl Weathers. Early on in the holiday anti-classic EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS, repulsive Davey Stone (Adam Sandler) is having dinner at a Chinese restaurant and the waiter, Mr. Chang (Rob Schneider),…

SHREK: Not My Gumdrop Buttons!

Shrek (2001) – Directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson – Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel, Conrad Vernon, and Frank Welker. SHREK is a wonderfully funny film, full of heart and sly jokes. While it is certainly a kid’s movie, there’s plenty of meatier material here for adults. One…

WONDER WOMAN: You Should Have Saved the World and Not Me

Wonder Woman (2009) – Directed by Lauren Montgomery – Starring Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Marg Helgenberger, Oliver Platt, and Virginia Madsen. WONDER WOMAN sits solidly in the Man Whore Meets Virgin, Man Whore Disgusts Virgin, Man Whore Conquers Virgin mode of storytelling. I understand the point of stories like this, of…