Author Archive: Heather Trow

Heather Trow is a nursing assistant and part-time writer. When she is not writing, she is listening to the popular podcast "NEVER NOT FUNNY". Actually, at any given time, most likely, she is listening to the podcast. It's pretty much all she does besides work. It is her favorite thing.

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SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert

SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert

| November 15, 2010

Stephen Sondheim is a name that everybody knows, even if they only know his music from movies like Dick Tracy or Reds. On Broadway he is known as probably the most prolific composer alive, and so pretty much everybody who is anybody got invited to help celebrate his birthday. Lonny Price, who movie watchers would […]

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Poirot: The Movie Collection Set 5

Poirot: The Movie Collection Set 5

| August 16, 2010

The great mystery novelist Agatha Christie’s work has been translated on film in many different ways; movies, tv miniseries and specials galore. Perhaps one of the most successful of these translations is the PBS Mystery! Series version of the Inspector Poirot stories. David Suchet’s Poirot, while perhaps not quite the whimsical-yet-cunning Belgian Christie wrote so […]

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THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE

THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE

| April 12, 2010

Before there was The Little Mermaid, before Disney reinvented itself and became the Single Greatest Purveyor of Family Entertainment (their words), there was a period known as the late sixties to early eighties. This period might be known as a bit of a dry spell. However, it was not entirely devoid of good movies. Perhaps […]

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Everybody’s Fine

Everybody’s Fine

| March 1, 2010

As you may have guessed from the title, Everybody is Not Fine in this unfortunate and frustrating movie by Kirk Jones. It’s the story of a man named Frank Goode (Robert DeNiro) and his trip around the country to visit his four children. After they all call to cancel their planned visit to his house […]

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Amelia

Amelia

| February 13, 2010

It’s hard to say which element really destroys “Amelia” more effectively, the mis-casting or the poor editing, but really, it’s a photo finish. The movie isn’t really a bio-pic about Amelia Earhart. It doesn’t spend any time in her childhood, teenage years or early twenties. It opens inexplicably in New York City with Earhart meeting […]

2009′s Greatest Cinematic Achievement

2009′s Greatest Cinematic Achievement

| January 15, 2010

2009 brought us, like every other year, a wide variety of movies in every genre, of every quality. Some were enormous disappointments (Where the Wild Things Are), others delightful surprises (The Box, It’s Complicated), and, of course, some of them just blew (Nine the musical, Fame the musical). Without question, the greatest film of 2009, […]

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Me and Orson Welles

Me and Orson Welles

| December 4, 2009

Me and Orson Welles, by Robert Kaplow, is a surprising little book. It seems, at first glance, to be a breezy read about a dictatorial, egocentric director and a boy who gets to witness his genius. However, it happens to have some complicated and wonderful twists in that old cliche. The book is the story […]

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The Blind Side

The Blind Side

| November 30, 2009

It’s tough to say what doesn’t exactly work about The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock gives a surprising, and pleasing performance as Leigh Ann Tuohy, a woman who takes in a homeless teenage African American named Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron). Aaron is also lovely in the film, but from both of these actors one wishes there […]

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

| November 23, 2009

It’s almost impossible to critique the Twilight films as one would any other movie- they simply don’t hold up. The quality (or perhaps lack thereof) of the eponymous first film , and its newest addition, New Moon, is simply unremarkable- perhaps even silly- when compared with… well, real movies. But there is something so delightful, […]

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Tickling Leo

Tickling Leo

| September 2, 2009

An interesting movie that ultimately is unsatisfying. Daniel Sauli is Zak Pikler, a man who encounters his past in a way that greatly surprises him. His beautiful girlfriend, Delphina (the sparkling, lovely Annie Parisse) agrees to go with him to his father’s house for passover. Zak’s father, Warren Pikler (Lawrence Pressman) is an eccentric old […]

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