Showing posts from December, 2016

Holiday greetings and 2016's Movie Hits and Misses [Vlog]

Following yesterday's glut of reviews, today is my (very brief) look back at the most memorable movies of 2016.

All in all, I think it was a pretty satisfying year at the cinema, with many high profile releases falling in the "Yeah, that was okay" to "Great" side of the spectrum. But what were 2016's standout surprises and the worst disappointments? I weigh in below.

Also, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone reading this Happy Holidays. If you celebrate it, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

This clip should form part of The's big Year in Review video, coming soon.

Recapping my writing - October through December


Mini movie reviews: Moana and A United Kingdom

Out now, and out tomorrow, in South African cinemas, are animated adventure Moana and real-life romance A United Kingdom. They're just two of December’s big movie releases. But are they worth a few hours of precious vacation time?

Moana (3D) – Mixes up the Disney Princess formula with mostly success

Even though Big Hero 6 and Zootopia have both released since Frozen; the latest from Disney Animation Studios, Moana, is receiving the most comparisons to the smash hit 2013 release. It makes sense. Both movies are musical adventures with distinct geographic settings. And in both, a princess must venture forth from the safety of her kingdom to save her people.

Honestly, I still think I prefer Frozen’s story more, but Moana delivers many pleasures: lush Pacific Island and oceanic animation, catchy songs, some touching moments and very strong vocal performances.

For the record, Moana has the restless title character (voiced by newcomer Auli'i Cravalho), defying the wishes of her ch…