Once Upon a Spaceship – “Alien” as Fairy-Tale

Alien has earned its reputation as a classic. The acting. The cinematography. The painful intimacy of birth, death, and survival that makes the heart of the story (which the alien enjoys ripping out – repeatedly). The dialogue and action have inspired many critical essays and late night debates among friends, and it’s the sort of […]

December 23rd, 1893 – Hansel and Gretel, the Opera!

Hansel and Gretel (German: Hänsel und Gretel) is an opera by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper (fairy tale opera). The libretto was written by Humperdinck’s sister, Adelheid Wette, based on the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel“. It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the […]

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” – Movie Review

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters stars Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans) and Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy), as well as one of my favorite character actors, Peter Stormare (Brothers Grimm). The original story was published in 1812, but with the delightful mish-mash of technology in this movie it is […]

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