Trends come and go, but one of the most recent seems to be sticking around and is popular among adults. I’m talking about coloring books… for adults! Yes, that childhood pastime has returned, but this time it’s with themes that appeal to the nature of us grownups, and with a vast variety of subjects, this new market has opened the door for many artists and illustrators, allowing them as well, the opportunity to do something fun and whimsical with their art.
This film is animated, however not the animation of those childrens stories we are use to, and have come to love. Rather, this film is truly done in the style of Impressionist and post-Impressionist artist, Vincent van Gogh. It won several awards, and was also nominated in the Best Animated Film catagory, sadly it lost to Pixar’s COCO.
Which film has gotten me this excited? THE SHAPE OF WATER, directed by Guillermo del Toro, who is without a doubt, a self proclaimed fanboy, and perhaps the poster child for fanboys everywhere. Del Toro is famed for bringing us great fantasy stories. HELLBOY 1 & 2, PAN’S LABYRINTH, and PACIFIC RIM, are just a few that bring us into his world, and his slant on addressing every day life situations.
Here we are, already in the first week of January 2018, looking forward to new goals, plans, and possibilities. Before you pack up your Christmas tree, or start your 2018 to do list, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the best that 2017 had to offer in film. Here are my…Top 15… favorite films of 2017.
That old familiar theme song queues…and we’re all once again transported to a…GALAXY FAR, FAR, AWAY… It’s hard to believe, but this year marks 40 years since the release of the very first, STAR WARS film, in 1977! I have been a major fan since day one. I saw the first film when I was 6 years old, and have been to every opening weekend, of every STAR WARS film ever since. The franchise has certainly come a long way.
One of my favorite interviews was with a local Minnesota actress, who is now making her mark on Hollywood, and is also showing off her talents as an author. I’m speaking of Actress/Writer… Sarah French. I first interviewed Sarah in August 2015, for the Tri County Sun, which appeared in the August 12th issue. My, how time flies, and I’ve been busy since then, but not nearly as busy as Sarah has.
Sarah French has proven time and time again that she is a talented actress, climbing the ladder of success. Now she has decided to add to her repertoire, trying her hand at writing. Her first book…Haunted Journeys: Salem, is co-written with Joe Knetter. It is an informational book, and I found it fun to read. Not too wordy, nor boring, but just enough to pique my interest and curiosity.
To be a fan of something, anything (movies, books, music, games, tv shows), you can watch them 100 times, read the books over and over, dress up in Cosplay, go to conventions, have huge collections, heck..even have tattoos of your favorite characters! However, I believe a truly, major, die-hard fan does all those things AND does something else: studies! I mean, why not go deep into your fandom and find out fun facts, secrets, behind-the-scenes stories, and trivia that you may have never known before. One of the ways of doing this is by buying books about that favorite thing. In this case, the subject is, without question, one of the top greatest writers of our time: STEPHEN KING!
Suburbicon, rated R, is a cross between a crime drama, and a dark comedy. Directed by actor George Clooney, and co-written with the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan (known for their twisted, dark comedies such as, Fargo), this film carries what I call, a one-two punch. So, with the strange title, what is Suburbicon about?
Of course, many of you may already know and love the great works of author, Agatha Christie. She has dazzled us with many fine murder mysteries, some of which have been made into films. In 1974, an all star cast, including actor Albert Finney, as detective Hercule Poirot, and Lauren Bacall as Mrs. Hubbard, just to mention two, brought us the last rendition of Christie’s gripping novel.