Movie Review: Into The Woods


After I saw this as a theatre production at my old college, I pondered for a while as to how it would be as a movie.  Well, fast forward a couple years and Disney’s adaptation has been released.  This version of the film stays pretty true to the original stage play by Stephen Sondheim.  Into the Woods was originally released in 1986, before becoming a sensation across numerous theatres around the world throughout the ’90s and “turn of the millennium.”

Personally, I was never a huge fan of the original play nor of most stage musicals in general.  Don’t get me wrong, I was happy to see this adaptation, but it’s rare I go out to see musical based films.  That said a mixture of joining my family for a movie during the holidays as well as supporting local acting talent (i.e. Meryl Streep hails from my hometown) were among primary reasons.  While some might argue this automatically disqualifies me from reviewing this film entirely (as many aficionados hailing from YouTube comments, various blog sites, and other sources of opinions may proclaim), I’m still a film viewer full of opinions that I’m willing to share.  So, let’s take a trip Into The Woods!

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The Doc Speaks/Reviews: A Look at my favorite Christmas (Hanukkah, and other Holiday) movies!

Our ever surreal holly jolly season has returned and is soon also coming to close once more. As such, it’s always good time to check out the many pieces of popular culture that make us think about the holidays. They can encourage what we love about them, hate about them, or other something else entirely. These seasonal bits of popular culture can help to enhance our many opinions in many ways; each with their own styles and flavors. Since I tend to enjoy the more absurd, heavily imaginative or cynical among them, let’s dive deep into some movies and specials that I enjoyed the most.
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The Doc Speaks: Apocalypse Boogie (Why do we love Doomsday?)

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Like countless other walking slabs of flesh and sentience, I ponder about some rather macabre subject matter.  Among those topics is the “end of the world” or “the apocalypse.”  This speculative pondering even has a genre dedicated to end-times shenanigans.  Countless theories and ideas provide the backdrop for countless stories that take place after the end.  So, my question is this; why do we love the post-apocalyptic genre so much?

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The Doc Speaks: Let’s All Agree, To Never Be Creative Again!

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Picture only related for the sake of easy pop culture reference.

For a while, I’ve been seeing commentary about how people are “trying too hard” or how “non-ironic” enthusiasm is “annoying.” I find this type of thing greatly disturbing! I could argue that art is being integrated more and more into our culture, as is an appreciation for it. However, there have been countless arguments that art is worthless and those partaking in it don’t have “real jobs”, whatever those might be. But, I’m not exactly here to talk about art, but culture itself. I’m here to speak about fandom! (I know, a subject I’m prone to mocking a bit myself.) But no matter, this is a rant I’ve been wanting to get out. Hopefully, it sounds coherent enough. More after the jump.
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Game Review: D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide

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So far, 5th edition has been doing great in my book. It’s a new edition with new possibilities and new ground to explore. What better book for the job than the Dungeon Master’s Guide!? While this edition has been hitting crits everywhere so far, will the DMG have the same luck?

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