Scene Stealers

Is Netflix taking over TV and movies?

Eric Melin

A prequel to one of the biggest cult comedy classics of the last 20 years is out on July 31, only it won’t be released in theaters. And, unlike its predecessor, it’s not a movie. Unless you binge watch all eight episodes in a row. Which people do. A lot. ...

'Inside Out' has That Pixar Feeling

Eric Melin

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2015/jun/19/293173/ You know that song “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” by Cinderella? Man, it’s so true. Yeah, I know that phrase was already a well-worn cliché before Tom Kiefer and company turned it into a power ballad monster, but just because they didn’t invent it doesn’t mean ...

Dear Hollywood: Stop getting our hopes up

Eric Melin

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2015/jun/11/292832/ Hope is a dangerous thing, and with its never-ending stream of sequels and franchise reboots, Hollywood preys on its audience’s hope in the most cynical of ways. Hope is what drew me to see **“Jurassic World,”** even though I knew in the back of my mind not to get ...

Brian Wilson biopic 'Love & Mercy' all about the music

Eric Melin

There are many things to enjoy about the unconventional new **Brian Wilson** biopic **“Love & Mercy,”** so let’s start with the obvious one: the music. Not only does director **Bill Pohlad** concentrate on 1966 to 1967, the most adventurous and fruitful period of The Beach Boys’ career (“Pet Sounds,” “Good ...

Why we live in the best possible time to watch film history

Eric Melin

*“The glamour of limelight, from which age must pass as youth enters.” — Opening titles of Charles Chaplin’s “Limelight”* On March 5 of this year, another 20th-century auteur passed from this world. Groundbreaking documentarian **Albert Maysles** (“Grey Gardens,” “Gimme Shelter”) died at age 88, leaving behind a legacy of fly-on-the-wall ...

An 'Incredible' history of Brad Bird movies

Eric Melin

In his video blog this week, film critic Eric Melin discusses the interesting history of animation-turned-live-action director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol") and the recurring themes present in his movies. Check out Eric's review of Bird's latest film, Disney's "Tomorrowland" starring George Clooney [over on his ...

'Tomorrowland' too much of a good thing

Eric Melin

“It’s hard to have ideas, and it’s easy to give up.” Casey Newton (**Britt Robertson**), a NASA-loving, teenaged girl says this to her little brother when he asks why they are taking down the launch platform at Cape Canaveral. Casey’s father (**Tim McGraw**) used to work for NASA, but his ...

'Mad Max' reaches a new level of inspired lunacy

Eric Melin

A caravan of paint-sniffing albino “war boys” with sunken eyes and scars around their lips race down a dirt road in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland. Their souped-up vehicles are cobbled together in all kinds of inventive ways — some are antique car shells stacked up on each other under giant ...

What Mad Max has in common with a talking pig

Eric Melin

What does a frenetic post-apocalyptic action film have in common with a family film about a talking pig? Critic Eric Melin breaks down the similarities between two excellent George Miller films: "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Babe 2: Pig in the City." Check out Eric's review of "Mad Max" on ...

I totally support their avenging: In defense of 'Age of Ultron'

Eric Melin

Since the release of the hotly anticipated **“Avengers: Age of Ultron,”** there has been an explosion of heated opinions on blogs and social media about the movie, [which may or may not][1] have contributed to writer/director **Joss Whedon** leaving Twitter and removing himself from the conversation. Superhero flicks have become ...

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