Wizard of Oz - 75th Anniversary Companion

‘The Wizard of Oz’ turns 75

Whether you like it or whether you aren’t so taken with it, The Wizard of Oz is one of the most enduring classics in cinema history, and that fact is not really up for dispute. This 1939 musical film was hailed in its day as a technological marvel because of its use of colour and make-up effects and those very elements of the film are just as evident today, in watching the new Warner Bros. Blu-ray 3D remastered version, as they were 75 years ago.

Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli

‘The Book of Eli’ reads like post-apocalyptic disappointment

Today felt like a very long day, made all the longer by what I can only call an exasperating movie.

At 7:30 tonight I was at Warner’s public screening for The Book of Eli, which stars Denzel Washington as a religious wanderer with a crazy kung fu grip. The story falls under the usual “post-apocalyptic America” plot where a long-forgotten war has left the country, and most likely the world, devastated and practically unlivable, which effectively ends all civilization as we know it.

Max Barry needs a movie deal, Mmkay?

A couple of interesting things came to my attention today, and they all revolve around writer Max Barry.

Barry is of course the amazing author who wrote one of my favorite books, Jennifer Government, a satirical story about a dystopian-type alternate reality where corporations have become their own nations within the world’s weak political climate.