W.B. at the Movies: Dr. Strange 2

We watched Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on Saturday night, and I appreciated it for what it was. How do you go wrong, really, with a cast along the lines of Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Rachel MacAdams and newcomer Xochitl Gomez? I have resigned myself to the fact thatContinue reading “W.B. at the Movies: Dr. Strange 2”

You didn’t get a second opinion for something called a ‘brain cloud’?

I saw an ad for a supplement designed to fight brain cloud. Wait, what? I first heard the phrase “brain cloud” in John Patrick Shanley’s eccentric follow-up to Moonstruck. In Joe Vs. The Volcano, brain cloud is a ridiculous, made-up medical condition used to bamboozle Tom Hanks’ character into believing he has only months toContinue reading “You didn’t get a second opinion for something called a ‘brain cloud’?”

W.B. at the Movies: Spider-Man No Way Home

The forced closure of theaters two years ago changed the way we watch movies. The last film we saw on the traditional big screen was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December 2019. The government’s decision to shutter the movie theaters led me to the conclusion that for the price of two tickets andContinue reading “W.B. at the Movies: Spider-Man No Way Home”

‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art

‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art Now there’s an April Fool’s Day headline if ever a wiz there was. Plan 9 From Outer Space is on plenty of lists of the worst movies ever made, and it IS a bit of a train wreck in many ways. But still … That opening lineContinue reading “‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art”

It was a Wonderful Life before public domain changed

The story of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life is a heartwarming one that can’t be repeated, “thanks” to changes enacted in copyright law not long after its surge in popularity. You’ve probably heard the story: The film was a disappointment at the box office in 1946, and its copyright under the old law wasContinue reading “It was a Wonderful Life before public domain changed”