REVIEWS

Film Review: “The Wolf of Wall Street” demands a huge investment of time for a paltry return.

(Left: Leonardo DiCaprio, Meet Jordan Belfort) The FBI has a word to describe “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese’s over-amped, overdone, over everything take on unscrupulous brokers and their standard and poor behavior. It’s “Grenada,” as in it’s a no-win situation. Like the overmatched islanders futilely trying to fend off a massive invasion of U.S. troops in 1983, “The ... Read More »

WALT DISNEY – PAST MEETS FUTURE IN THE NEW DISNEY FANTASY – 5-Star Cruise Ship Review

Walt Disney loved ships.  He sailed with his family aboard many ships.  Disney is seen with his wife and daughters arriving in Honolulu aboard the Matson Lines famed liner SS LURLINE having just arrived from Los Angeles. Disney Cruise Lines carries on this tradition…    CRUISE REVIEW OF THE DISNEY FANTASY When Disney Dream debuted in January 2011, it was ... Read More »

2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point!

2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point! Baz Luhrmann’s new 3-D movie “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and ... Read More »

REVIEW: AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES and THE AZAMARA JOURNEY – Carrying on a tradition from Cruising the Past when getting there was half the fun!

We are proud to give Azamara Club Cruises a strong recommendation. Azamara follows in the tradition of great yacht like ships such as the elegant Stella Polaris. Considered the most beautiful cruise-ship of her time, she is seen at night in Stockholm, Sweden – mid 1950s.  Cruising The Past reviews and recommends cruise-ships and hotels providing a tradition of good service along with ... Read More »

ONE OF BERLIN’S BEST HOTELS FOR 2013 – THE RITZ CARLTON

“Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards to explain that it was not possible.” César Ritz (23 February 1850 – 24 October 1918) the famous Swiss hotelier and founder of several hotels, most famously the Hôtel Ritz, in Paris and ... Read More »

THEATRE REVIEW – NO STARS FOR ROBERT REDFORD’S “ADULTS ONLY” SUNDANCE CINEMAS IN WEST HOLLYWOOD. REDFORD’S SUNSET 5 IS ANTI-FILM STUDENTS…

Paris (Carmel) Theatre and Sunset Five Cinema – “Adults Only”!  Has the Sundance Cinemas in West Hollywood replaced the old Paris Theatre with “adults only” entertainment?  The Carmel Theater opened on 19th November 1924 was operated as a successful adult movie house (re-named the Paris Theatre) from 1966 to 1976.  It was seriously damaged by fire in January 1976 and was ... Read More »

Review: Les Misérables: Movie musical might be called Les Miss! No stars!

For his adaptation of the kitsch-fest known as Les Miz, Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) bets heavily on his cast, and loses big. His musical strategy is to have the singing done live on set, and to have the camera bore in on the actors, especially during solos. The singing does indeed have immediacy, and the close-ups give the audience ... Read More »

FILM REVIEW: LINCOLN

Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN: Abe is as Wooden as Washington’s Teeth – But Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a presidential performance, and Tommy Lee Jones steals the show The film is like watching a blade of grass grow. For all its good intentions and spurts of innovation, though, LINCOLN never really comes alive as living, breathing history. Instead, it too often plays like ... Read More »

New DOWNTON ABBEY – PBS 2013 – is disappointing.

New DOWNTON ABBEY is disappointing.  Shirley MacLaine wore jazz shoes and a frozen expression – Yankee ham acting at its worst.  Has Botox come to Downton?  American aging star flops in comparison to first class British performances. (Left: Dame Maggie Smith looks at Shirley MacLaine and wonders if she is a survivor off last year’s dreadful Titanic – Jullian Fellowes ... Read More »

Is HBO’s THE NEWSROOM just a second rate cable version of the hit movie BROADCAST NEWS or a boring homage to the masterpiece NETWORK. NETWORK?

Social History REVIEW: FIRST REVIEW OF HBO’S THE NEWSROOM.  As a trenchant satire of “trash TV,” Network seems to grow only more relevant with each passing year.   How can THE NEWSROOM be taken seriously after seeing this great Academy Award winner film?    Sam Waterston and Jeff Daniels in THE NEWSROOM. THE “WEST WING” CREATOR tells an alluring new ... Read More »