[Theaterical] Frozen (2013)

Disney’s canon films are almost always very good, and even the misses have their high points. Frozen is Disney’s first film since Wreck-It Ralph and it continues the trend of using computer animation, rather than the traditional 2D hand-drawn animation that Disney was once known for. Billed as a musical – it certainly delivers on…

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[Theaterical] Catching Fire (2013)

Catching Fire is the sequel to The Hunger Games. As the middle novel of the trilogy, it has a lot to live up to. Or in this case, the cinematic sequel to the successful adaptation of the first novel. Most of the time, sequels don’t quite live up to the original – or they have…

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[DVD] Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus is a nice little time capsule of a film. It’s also become a beloved Halloween tradition for many people, especially since it’s not too scary for most little ones – and is a fantastic family film. Hocus Pocus was released in 1993 and has stood the test of time for two decades with…

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[Theaterical] The Wizard of Oz 3D IMAX (1939)

The Wizard of Oz. Really, what more do I need to say about America’s most iconic movie? How many other movies can use a simple concept from the movie itself and be instantly recognized by the vast majority of the general public? All of those are simple rhetorical questions – there are obviously very few…

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[Theaterical] The Great Gatsby 3D (2013)

Baz Luhrmann (the director) is well known for producing movies with visual splendor aplenty, that happen to be lacking in content or become horribly altered from their original source material. This reputation of Luhrmann’s rests upon the critical reception of a couple of his previous movies: Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001). Romeo…

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2013 Fall Television Preview Part 2 of 2 (Returning Shows) [USA]

This is a continuation of the 2013-4 Fall television season preview I began, I’ve posted the first part already – that one focused on new shows. This post focuses on the returning shows to the slate, and what I consider to be the best bets for this season. Some of the returning shows this season…

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2013 Fall Television Preview Part 1 of 2 (New Shows) [USA]

Once again, fall’s almost here – which brings with it the advent of the school year, the yearly ritual of reading Harry Potter or your favorite school-themed book series. And over here at Ephemeral Pursuits (or as it’s better known, my house) – the annual entry in the fall television preview series I began in…

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[DVD] The Artist (2011)

The Artist won Best Picture (2011) beating out The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. It’s certainly a suitable and deserving winner out of that group of nominees (the expanded field that year wasn’t quite top-notch, but there isn’t a clear…

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Winter/Spring 2013 Television Recap & Partial Summer Review [USA]

In December, I mentioned some returning shows for the Winter (and Spring) 2013 season in conjunction with my Fall 2012 Television recap. I thought that if I was to continue the series of commentaries about the state of television (as far as the American slate is concerned), I ought to keep up these recaps and…

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[DVD] Neverwhere (Mini-series, The BBC, 1996)

Sometimes serendipity occurs in the most unexpected ways, but that’s exactly how it occurs. I was browsing the racks of DVDs available to check out at my local library branch (which happens to have a lot of foreign and Criterion titles, but that’s a story for another day). I came across a DVD case with…

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