Tag Archives: Whoopi Goldberg

When We Rise

The Milk (2008) writer’s ambitious odyssey through 45 years of fighting for LGBT rights in America starts with gays finding their voice in San Francisco in spite of persistent police brutality and ends with the Supreme Court paving the way for same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Focus lies on several real-life characters that we … Continue reading When We Rise

The Celluloid Closet

The two directors, who made the AIDS documentary Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989), reunited for another gay-themed film, one that was based on Vito Russo’s 1981 book on how homosexuals have been portrayed in Hollywood movies. Making this documentary was a long process, with Russo as an active participant right up to his … Continue reading The Celluloid Closet

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

THE LEADERS. THE BRAINS. THE ATTITUDE. AND MIKEY. The Foot Clan has New York City in a grip of violence, but TV reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) discovers that mysterious vigilantes are fighting the terror group… A 3D reboot of the film franchise that was originally based on a 30-year-old comic book and has since … Continue reading Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

One year before celebrated puppeteer Kevin Clash left his job on Sesame Street and career as the man behind Elmo, one of the show’s most enduring puppets, after allegations of improper sexual conduct with a minor, came this documentary. It follows Clash’s journey from boyhood (when he became fascinated by Sesame Street and other TV … Continue reading Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

The Muppets

THEY’RE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. On a visit to Los Angeles, two brothers who are huge fans of the Muppets realize that the old studio closed down years ago… and now the showbiz gang are in danger of losing everything, including their name. The first Muppet movie in 12 years wisely, cleverly and disarmingly acknowledge … Continue reading The Muppets

Toy Story 3: Beyond Andy

NO TOY GETS LEFT BEHIND. It may seem strange to see the name Lee Unkrich attached to this Pixar extravaganza as director. This is his directing debut, but he’s actually no newcomer, having been part of the Pixar crew for many years and worked on several films, primarily as editor. Toy Story 3 was his chance to … Continue reading Toy Story 3: Beyond Andy

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

SHE DIDN’T KNOW JACK ABOUT BEING A SPY. Bank employee Terry Doolittle (Whoopi Goldberg) suddenly receives a coded message on her computer that turns out to have been written by a British spy. Whoopi’s first bad career move after breaking through in The Color Purple (1985) would be followed by many others. This is also the subsequently successful … Continue reading Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Star Trek: Nemesis

A GENERATION’S FINAL JOURNEY BEGINS. The crew of the Enterprise are tricked into going to the planet of Romulus where they encounter a human clone who desperately needs Captain Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) body… The tenth film in this series became a box-office failure; even though the special effects are as excellent as always, there is little … Continue reading Star Trek: Nemesis

Jiminy Glick in La La Wood

IT TAKES A BIG MAN TO COVER THIS TOWN. When he’s assigned to cover the Toronto film festival, entertainment reporter Jiminy Glick (Martin Short) enthusiastically brings his family. Short and his fat suit move from Primetime Glick (2001-2003) to the vulgar character’s own movie. He claims it took 20 days to shoot and much of … Continue reading Jiminy Glick in La La Wood

The Aristocrats

NO NUDITY. NO VIOLENCE. UNSPEAKABLE OBSCENITY.  This documentary is certainly one of the most foul-mouthed movies you will ever see, so don’t miss the opportunity. Allegedly, it features 100 comedians (I haven’t counted them) talking about the most famous joke of the trade, the one that ends with the punchline “The Aristocrats”, and gives anyone … Continue reading The Aristocrats

National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1

SEE IT BEFORE THEY MAKE THE SEQUEL. Cops Jack Colt and Wes Luger (Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson) team up to hunt down a general (William Shatner) who’s been smuggling cookies laced with cocaine. A comedy in the vein of Airplane! and The Naked Gun that draws a big, fat target on primarily the Lethal … Continue reading National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1

Star Trek Generations

TWO CAPTAINS. ONE DESTINY. A scientist (Malcolm McDowell) ruthlessly intends to take advantage of an energy ribbon that contains a place of true happiness called the Nexus. The seventh film in the series marked the Great Change when the original crew stepped aside for the new gang – the characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The meeting … Continue reading Star Trek Generations