And the Oscar Goes to…An American in Paris

It’s a love story filled with music by George and Ira Gershwin and dance choreographed by Gene Kelly. Along with five other Academy Awards, it won Best Picture of 1951. This is my look at An American in Paris starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.

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Mini-Review Monday: Labyrinth

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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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Mini-Review Mondays: Strange Magic

Strange MagicRelease: January 23, 2015

Story: We are introduced to a land of flowers, sunshine, and fairies. Nearby this society is the dark forest, full of bog creatures led by the terrible Bog King (played by Alan Cumming). The Bog King has outlawed love potions due to a horrible event in his past and he’s keeping the Sugar Plum Fairy (Kristin Chenoweth), the only one who can make the concoction, captive in his dark kingdom. Meanwhile, a goodhearted gnome named Sunny (Elijah Kelley) is tricked by a big, tough, douchey warrior fairy named Roland (Sam Palladio) into venturing into the Dark Forest to find a Primrose flower (a key ingredient in love potions) and rescue the Sugar Plum Fairy so that she can make a love potion for Sunny, who’s in love with the Fairy King’s daughter, Dawn (Merideth Anne Bull), and Roland, who wants to rule and be in charge of the fairy army and has to marry the King’s other daughter, Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood), to do it. Dawn is a pretty young girl with only one thing on her mind, finding her true love. She’s a good soul but flirts with practically every man in the fairy kingdom, falling in love at the drop of a hat. Sunny is convinced she only sees him as a friend. Marianne used to be just like her sister, but hardened when she found Roland kissing another fairy on the day her (Marianne) and Roland were set to be married. Disillusioned by love, she’s now battle ready to protect her sister from anything that may harm her. With the Bog King and his army of minions on the move after they discover Sunny’s plan, Marianne finds herself having to rescue her sister from the Bog King. Along the way, our story (inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) will be filled with jokes, pop songs, action, and love.

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