Category: Music

April 16, 2019 Rhonda
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) What a Glorious Feeling!

Can you believe it has been sixty-seven years since this movie came out? It is is truly a classic in every way, including being on the top ten list of AFI’s best films of all time. For those of you who don’t remember being able to see this great movie from time to time on PBS or on your mother’s or grandmother’s old VHS player, you are in for a treat. A colourful, musical, literally jazzed up treat! This movie is set during the Jazz Age, and in a time when big, big changes were going on in Hollywood. That’s right, it’s 1927, and technology is about to throw a great big monkey wrench into the Silent Film industry. This……

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April 11, 2017 Rhonda
Trolls (2016) Find your happy place

Dreamworks keeps coming up more and more great family movies, and although Trolls is not quite as immersive as Sing, it has its own charm and lots of colourful 1970s nostalgia mixed in. Anyone growing up in the era will understand many of the references the Trolls and their enemies, The Bergens come across along the way. These trolls are not the kind one fights in Middle Earth, nor are they the kind that get loose in the basement at Hogwarts. These are very different. These are tiny, happy creatures based on toys created by the Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam in 1959. Now they are their own nation, and sadly, that tiny tribe lives in a park in the center……

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August 30, 2013 Rhonda
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)

It’s been awhile since we reviewed a animated film, and this one seems right at home in Musings stash. It is a tale told to us from decades ago, but still holds true even today. Let’s take a look at what happened to the colourful town of Thneedville. While this town seems happy and bright, it holds a dark secret. This story is how one boy, Ted (Zac Efron) learns that the girls of his dreams, the artistic Audrey (Taylor Swift) wants to see a real tree. All the trees in Thneedville are plastic, as is just about everything else. Thneedville is about the most fake town ever. Even the air needs to be bought, and it is supplied by……

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June 6, 2013 Rhonda
Enchanted (2007) The real world and the animated world collide

We have seen some movies about characters from parallel worlds coming to our own before, but this the first one to use the classic animated fairytale world. Sure there was The Purple Rose of Cairo, back in the 80s which featured an adventurer from a 1930s movie serial, and a similar mini-series, The Tenth Kingdom, brought characters from a fairytale land to New York, as what has happened in Enchanted. Even Tin Man brought people over from Oz to collect the story’s main protagonist. Those two stories were far more serious and a bit more mature than this one. Hey, it’s a Disney family movie, and it brings the two classic Disney formulas together beautifully! At the beginning of our……

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May 17, 2013 Rhonda
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

This version of the the family film series was more enjoyable than the previous movies that were made in the early 70s. This film was shot in the Jacksonville area, so if things don’t look as Swedish as they should, it is because this is an American production. Not such a bad thing, considering the bad dubbing in the earlier movies. We have a brand new crew featuring some B-list actors that we have seen in films made in the 70s and 80s, like Private Benjamin‘s Eileen Brennan and Happy Gilmore’s Dennis Dugan. So, it starts as we see Pippi (Tami Erin) and her father, Capt. Efraim Longstocking (John Shuck) on their ship, which is suddenly struck by a freak……

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