movies

Finally, The Animation Show

Finally, The Animation Show

Finally, the 2005 Animation Show is coming to Philadelphia. And by Philadelphia I mean the ‘burbs, but you have to take what you can get: Monday, November 7th: Doylestown, County Theater Wednesday, November 9th: Bryn Mawr Thursday, November 10th: Ambler All shows are at 7 PM, and as far as I know, these theaters are […]

Mind-Numbing Documentaries

Mind-Numbing Documentaries

I’m not trying to hate on those who make documentaries (documentarians?), but surely it’s obvious that the world has far too many of these films. Were there always so many bad documentaries, or are there more now because digital technology has lowered the barrier to making them? Regardless, this madness should stop. Do people even […]

Wallace and Gromit:  The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Thumbs-ups to Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit! Shorter-running cartoons don’t always translate well to full-length features, but the Wallace and Gromit movie is a welcome exception. The movie is Beauty and the Beast meets Inspector Gadget meets Godzilla, with a lot of bad puns and good music. The story begins with the […]

Fishtown Street Movies and Miscellaneous Short Animations

Fishtown Street Movies and Miscellaneous Short Animations

On Friday night, the Scribe Video Center’s Street Movies! program came to Fishtown. Films included Shouts from the Crowd, a documentary about local jazz band Nate Wiley and the Crowd Pleasers, From the Del to the El, a story about the evolution of Fishtown, and Still Life With Animated Dogs. The hit of the evening […]

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

I find the whole concept of “birds as pets” disgusting. Ditto feeding birds out of your hand. Feed the birds? Tuppance, schmuppance. This dislike of close-up birds stems from my high school job at Lititz’s General Sutter Inn. I name names only because the Inn now has new owners, so everything I’m about to relay […]

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Last night a few of us had free tickets to Philadelphia’s premiere of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’m never on the list for anything, so I get excited about things like free movie premieres, even when the only giveaways are Disney stickers, a Strasburg Railroad pamphlet, and a bag of low-fat blueberry mini-muffins. […]