Friend to the King, Lover to the Queen
By Pat Burns
Regional Editor and Movie Reviewer – GRAND Magazine
This might sound like a familiar storyline, comparable to “Camelot,” but “A Royal Affair” is anything but that. This film is based on the true life story of the slightly dysfunctional, perhaps eccentric or maybe [...]
By Pat Burns – Western Regional Editor and Art Cinema Reviewer for GRAND Magazine
Intouchables touched my heart.
This fact-based story brings us into the world of Philippe (François Cluzet), an aristocratic Frenchman who becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, and Driss (Omar Sy), a young man from the projects. Against all the [...]
By: Pat Burns, Western Regional Editor and Art Cinema Reviewer for GRAND Magazine
Oprah’s new favorite movie, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” is one of those films that, when someone asks, “So, how’d you like it?” you’re not really sure how to respond. Yes, each person who was meticulously cast for this film performs [...]
By Ranny Levy
Titanic, newly released from Paramount Pictures on Blu-ray3D and digital, didn’t completely sweep the Academy Awards in 1998 – it only took 11 of the Oscar statuettes! Among them: Best Picture, a Best Director for James Cameron and a Best Cinematography for Russell Carpenter. Some of that sweeping cinematography has [...]
By Ranny Levy
Jack planted magic beans and grew a giant beanstalk. What Cindy and Jim Green plant is something more ephemeral – heartfelt dreams and desires – and what grows from that is even more special. Kids and grandparents will enjoy this movie because “it shows a lot of imagination and a lot of [...]
By Ranny Levy, President and Founder of Kids First!
We all want to encourage our grandchildren to read. I have found that book-based films are a great way to attract a child’s interest in reading. Take Mark Twain’s classic, The Prince and the Pauper, which gets a glamorous modern makeover in the new DVD release [...]