Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘The Little Prince’ (2016)

Finding one’s way back home is one of storytelling’s most popular themes, especially when a character, like the Little Prince, travels through galaxies to re-root physically, emotionally and spiritually. The Little Prince, the animated movie, directed by Mark Osborne and based on the 1943 for-children-of-all-ages classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, uses a modern framework to […]

Astrology: Fashion: Lake Bell’s Overalls in ‘In a World…’

Aside from the denim they’re made from, what’s fashion-forward about overalls? Not much. Which is why their appearance in two movies opening today make them food for thought. It’s easy to characterize overalls as Neptunian – so roomy that you can’t tell where they end or begin. Basically, donning overalls is like swimming in a […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Prince Avalanche’ (2013)

In Prince Avalanche, painting yellow lane-dividing lines on rural roads is serious Saturnine business. And the no-nonsense taskmaster who takes extraordinary pleasure in the work while reveling in the solitude this neck of the woods provides is Alvin (Paul Rudd), a man whose head space is way older than his years. Under his wing is […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Admission’ (2013)

Being an admissions officer at Princeton University suggests a fascination with noble Jupiterian concerns such as higher mind and an eagerness to expand the noggins of incoming freshmen. Unfortunately, Portia Nathan (Tina Fey), Admission’s unlikely heroine, is so bogged down by Saturnine rules, metrics and weeding out the chaff that her tightly coiled self – […]

Film: ‘This Is 40’ (2012)

Director Judd Apatow’s “This Is 40” puts his “Knocked Up” couple Pete and Debbie under the microscope in this bright sort-of sequel. Debbie (Leslie Mann, Apatow’s real-life wife) is celebrating – or rather, not celebrating – turning 40. But as significant as that chronological milestone is for most people, Apatow bathes his movie in non-significance. […]