Tag Archives: Alan Arkin
1982. 92 minutes. Rated G.
Heroes know that things must happen when it is time for them to happen. A quest may not simply be abandoned; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever. A happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.
If you have had the pleasure of reading Peter S. Beagle’s classic book of the same name, you will be more than happy to see it brought to life in this animated story.
2012. 120 minutes. Rated R.
“You need somebody who’s a somebody to put their name on it. Somebody respectable. With credits. Who you can trust with classified information. Who will produce a fake movie. For free.”
Anytime someone makes a film about a historical event, the real key is to sell it despite the fact we already know the outcome. Argo takes a little known story, attaches it to a much bigger one, and markets it to the moon.
2011. 103 Minutes. Rated PG.
“If I’m a Muppet, then I’m a very manly Muppet.”
I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching The Muppet Show on Sunday nights. Pretty much everyone who was anyone guest-starred on the program, from Bob Hope and Carol Burnett to Debbie Harry and Steve Martin (side note: no guest star was ever on the show twice, although John Denver made it into more than one “special”). Everyone had a favorite character, be it Kermit or Rowlf or Janice or Scooter or Miss Piggy or Animal or the Swedish Chef. There was always music and silly comedy sketches, like the infamous “Mahna Mahna” song, and the unforgettable commentary from Statler and Waldorf.