All posts by Alexandra Malloy

Vimeo: My New Winter Obsession

Maybe some of you have heard, but my part of the country (the Boston area) has sort of vimeo__140423230012gotten buried in snow lately.  Actually, it’s sort of getting buried right now, and apparently will continue to be for the foreseeable future.  All this nasty weather means lots of days off for me.  While I do love spending the whole day in my pajamas in front of a fire with a book, or binge watching Netflix, those things can get old by the fourth snow day in less than two weeks.  Boredom led me to rediscover Vimeo, my new favorite way to whittle away a frozen afternoon. Continue reading Vimeo: My New Winter Obsession

Free Speech and “The Interview”

theinterviewThe Interview is one of those movies that you couldn’t pay me to see.  I think I rolled my eyes for the entire trailer the first time I saw it.  I feel secure in the assumption that it revolves around a flimsy plot premise and the sort of humor that entertains teenage boys.  Then, of course, Sony happened and the threats came, so very few people got to see the movie, which is why I care.  This week, Sony announced that The Interview will come to DVD in February which, while I still don’t want to see it, is still important.  What’s at risk isn’t that no one will get to watch a forgettable comedy, but that expression of ideas can be controlled by threats of violence even in a nation that is supposed to guarantee free speech. Continue reading Free Speech and “The Interview”

Ghost in the Shell Casting Confirmation

Ghost in the Shell is set to get a live action remake sometime soon.  Today Scarlett
Johansson officially signed on to play the lead role.  In recent years, her portrayals of Lucy and Black Widow cemented her action star status and acclaim from both critics and fans.  It’s a well-deserved distinction, and I’m definitely one of those fans, but still I think in this instance she might have been the wrong casting choice.

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Ghost in the Shell already has a rich history, starting as a manga series in the 80’s.  Mamoru Oshii adapted it into two anime films in 1995 and 2004, not to mention several video game adaptations and a TV series on Animax. Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks acquired the film rights back in 2008.  Since then, writers, producers, and potential cast members have flip-flopped frequently.  At this moment, Rupert Sanders will direct a William Wheeler screenplay.  Johansson replaced Margot Robbie for the lead role. Continue reading Ghost in the Shell Casting Confirmation

2014: A Little Closer to Equality

Let’s face it, everyone knows the film industry has a long way to go when it comes to treating women as equals.  It remains a fact that for roughly every fifteen male directors there is just one female director, only 30.8% of speaking roles go to women, and the majority of major motions pictures seem to be marketed to men.  Not only that, but women seldom get the roles that their male counterparts are offered, and are generally expected to wear revealing clothing or appear partially naked with far greater frequency than male actors (28.8% of the time compared to 7% for men).  Still, despite this, 2014 was a pretty good year to be a woman in the movie industry, or just a woman who wants to watch movies.

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Five Favorite Films for Christmas

Christmas is a time for gathering together with family and partaking of favorite holiday traditions  In my house, movies like Home Alone and Frosty the Snowman became a thing to be shared every year.  I love those movies, really I do.  I’ll continue to watch them every year, but sometimes it’s nice to expand upon tradition and explore some more off beat holiday movie selections.  In no particular order, here are five of my favorite weird Christmas movies, perfect for sharing with friends and family that might want to give Rudolph a break. Continue reading Five Favorite Films for Christmas

“The Craft” Reboot Possibly on the Table

the_craft__spanThere are a lot of movies that make me terribly nostalgic especially when it comes to my high school days.  It’s not that I’d ever want to repeat those years.  I’ve had enough teenage angst and school uniforms to last me several lifetimes, but there were good moments that I miss.  The Craft is one of those movies that calls to mind late nights with my girlfriends sleeping over, popcorn, ridiculous attempts at seances, and just being young.    Needless to say, The Craft has always has a soft spot in my heart.  Recently, rumors that it might be in for a reboot have begun circulating around the net, filling me with little pangs of anticipation, or maybe that’s anxiety. Continue reading “The Craft” Reboot Possibly on the Table

Back to Middle Earth Again

159191929_779ec1We’re less than ten days away from the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  This may be one of those opinions that is not okay to share (I know it’s an opinion that’s not okay to share at my house), but I am so not excited for this movie.  It’s reached the point where Peter Jackson needs to exit Middle Earth and look for something else to do with his career.  Either that, or maybe he just needs to take a nice, long break and enjoy the pile of money he’s made over the last couple decades.

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Death and Thessaly: “Sandman” Movie Rumors

1936561There is a rumor floating around that Warner Brothers has a movie in the works based on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels.  There really isn’t much concrete, just a confirmation that there is a draft of a script, which the studio approves of.  At this point no speculation on casting choices, potential directors or release dates are available.  Still, this rumor is both thrilling and sort of devastating. Continue reading Death and Thessaly: “Sandman” Movie Rumors

Thankful for a Voice

It’s the time of year to be thankful for what we have.  Despite the fact that tomorrow we’ll be counting our blessings, there will still be so many things out there that we take for granted.  As a woman, I may still  not really be able to claim true equality, but I certainly enjoy far more freedom than the majority of women throughout the world.

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Children’s Horror Favorite Adapted for the Screen

stories-to-tellI was kind of a unique little kid, I might have even bordered on creepy, I’m not ashamed to admit it.  Ghost stories, monster movies, anything terrifying fascinated me and still does, for that matter.  One of my favorite book as a kid was, not surprisingly, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and its sequels.  Sure, it gave me nightmares and made me sleep with the lights on, but that was what made it amazing.  The highlight of my day and possibly of my week, as a result, is the fact that Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will finally be getting a screen adaptation, thus delighting my inner-child.

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