Mini-Review Monday: Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom


Release: October 2016

Story: A fictionalized version of famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft (voiced by Kiefer O’Reilly) has a father in an insane asylum raving, apparently, nonsensically. Howard’s father gives his son a mysterious and magical book that transports young Howard to a magical kingdom that has been frozen over for far too long. Howard must travel far with his new friend, the simple-minded creature he names Spot (voiced by Hellraiser‘s Doug Bradley), if he hopes to break the terrible spell on the kingdom. Continue reading

Mini-Review Monday: The Italian Job (2003)


Release: May 30, 2003

Story: Six thieves pull off the greatest heist of their careers when they steal $35 million worth of gold bricks from Venice gangsters. “Handsome Rob” (the team’s wheelman played by Jason Statham), Lyle (a computer expert played by Seth Green), “Left Ear” (a master of demolition and explosives played by Mos Def), Charlie (the team leader and brains behind the operation played by Mark Wahlberg) and John Bridger (a safe cracker, played by Donald Sutherland, who is Charlie’s mentor and father figure) are betrayed by their fellow team member Steve (played by Edward Norton). Steve kills John and leaves the others for dead at the bottom of a frigid lake. The team survives, and with the help of John’s daughter (a civilian safe and vault technician for the authorities) they are out to get revenge on Steve and take back the gold.

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Mini-Review Monday: Labyrinth


Release: June 27, 1986

Story: Sarah (played by Jennifer Connelly) is a, let’s be honest, bratty 15 year-old who always has her face buried in novels, playbooks and her own imagination. After yet another night of her baby brother being forced upon her while her father and step-mother have a night out, Sarah wishes the Goblin King from the play she is reading would take her brother away. The king, also known as Jareth (played by David Bowie), turns out to be real, and he does as she wishes. Sarah, not having meant the wish, must travel to Jareth’s fantasy kingdom if she hopes to save her brother. In her way is Jareth’s massive labyrinth full of twists, turns and unforeseen paths. If Sarah wishes to find her way through the magical maze and survive the creatures and perils within and around, she must ally herself with the untrustworthy dwarf Hoggle (voiced and co-puppeteered by Jim Henson’s son Brian Henson), a kindhearted giant of a beast called Ludo, and Sir Didymus, a small but ever courageous fox aided by his not so brave English Sheepdog, Ambrosius. Sarah only has 13 hours to make it through the maze before the Goblin King keeps her brother forever, and Jareth certainly won’t be playing it fair.

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