Articles by Ed Peters

The Lion King 1 1/2

February 18, 2004 // 0 Comments

Until "Finding Nemo, " the most successful Disney animated film was 1994’s "The Lion King." In addition to its theatrical and home video successes, the concept spawned a Tony-award winning stage musical and a direct-to-video sequel, [...]

Crop Circles: Quest For Truth

February 10, 2004 // 0 Comments

Messages from the Great Beyond or a load of crop? The 2002 documentary ’Crop Circles: Quest For Truth’ tackles the seemingly inexplicable phenomenon of crop circles. Eschewing narration, producer/director William Gazecki follows a large group of [...]

Secondhand Lions

February 4, 2004 // 0 Comments

Released theatrically last year by New Line Cinema and just now available on DVD, Tim McCanlies’ "Secondhand Lions" is that rarest of rarities: a family film that targets the parents as much as the kids. Rather than rely on CGI or hip [...]

Kiss Them For Me

January 30, 2004 // 0 Comments

"Kiss Them For Me, " Stanley Donen’s 1957 film version based on a Broadway play, stars Cary Grant, Ray Walston and Larry Blyden as Navy fliers on shore leave in WWII San Francisco. "Kiss" covers the same narrative territory as [...]

The Wind And The Lion

January 28, 2004 // 0 Comments

Released in 1975, John Milius’ "The Wind And The Lion" was then perceived as homage to the sweeping historical epics that old studio Hollywood regularly churned out. In the era that spawned films like "The Godfather, " "Mean [...]

Lost In Space: Season 1

January 26, 2004 // 0 Comments

"When we last left the Robinsons, they were trapped in the boundless reaches of syndication, unaware that their exploits were carefully being documented for digital posterity…" For some, the universe is a never-ending sea filled with awe [...]

I Was A Male War Bride

January 19, 2004 // 0 Comments

Cary Grant never officially made a film with director Billy Wilder, notwithstanding Tony Curtis’ impersonation of the star in ’Some Like It Hot.’ (Wilder and Charles Brackett were uncredited writers on Grant’s 1947 fantasy ’The Bishop’s Wife.) [...]

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

January 7, 2004 // 0 Comments

Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 horror novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" has been filmed by Hollywood numerous times, pretty much since the dawn of movies. Yet the two most enduring adaptations are the 1932 and 1941 versions, [...]

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

January 6, 2004 // 0 Comments

Everyone agrees that DVD has become a huge success. However, not everyone agrees on the criteria to measure it. Some judge the sheer volume of machines in the marketplace (roughly 60 million and counting) as one reason, another with the fact that 2003 saw [...]

About Schmidt

June 16, 2003 // 0 Comments

He’s played the Joker, the Devil, a rebellious mental patient, a dipsomaniac astronaut and a homicidal writer. For the better part of the last three decades, mention Jack Nicholson and a slew of iconic images come to mind. Yet until last year’s [...]
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