One of the cardinal sins of storytelling (for me) is having characters who are allegedly smart act dumb. It becomes impossible to tell whether the filmmakers don’t think much of the audience or just don’t realize what they are creating… Read More ›
Turning red over “Turning Red”
There is always the new outrage, the latest threat, the thing people are getting upset about now. This week, with the streaming and blu-ray release of “Turning Red,” we’re looking at one of the dumber things that folks got upset… Read More ›
Singing the Praises of “Encanto”
There is so much to love about “Encanto.” This is a film filled with great performances and tremendous songs. It is fun and funny. But, at its core, this is a movie that explores what it means to truly reveal… Read More ›
“Luca,” “Profile,” and Being Happy in your own Skin
We are better when we can be ourselves and have confidence in the knowledge that those around us will accept us as such. One needs look no further than Disney-Pixar’s “Luca” to see just how much it means to be… Read More ›
From “Cruella” to “Dalmatians,” is this Prequel Worth it?
Disney’s “Cruella,” which stars Emma Stone as the titular villain who eventually torments many a dog in the Disney classic, “101 Dalmatians,” is not available for purchase digitally. I, for one, am always a little skeptical of such origin stories… Read More ›
“Raya” and the Best Viewing Option
This is going to be a conversation we keep having. There are just so many streaming options out there and it can be tough to know the right thing to do. This week we’re going to flip things slightly from… Read More ›
Movie Review: “Elephants” (2020)
Disney has been anthropomorphizing elephants for decades so it doesn’t come as a surprise to see them do so again in the new DisneyNature film, “Elephant” (and, yes, animal documentaries regularly anthropomorphize their subjects). Launching this Friday on Disney+ in… Read More ›
Will Smith is one All-Powerful Genie
Some may have balked at the notion of taking on the role of the Genie in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin.” Robin Williams voiced the role to perfection in the animated movie and that could easily cause folks to stay away. Happily,… Read More ›
“Nutcracker and the Four Realms” Tries Really Hard
Listen, not every idea you have is going to work. It would be amazing if it did, but it just isn’t going to. That is the reality of the world in which we live. It is wonderful to see a… Read More ›
“Christopher Robin” is Eeyore, “Incredibles 2” is… Incredible
What is it to be a family? What does that mean? How do we live our lives and comport ourselves so as to do the best for them. This week we have two very different Disney movies that attempt to… Read More ›
The Voice of Wendy Darling on “Peter Pan”
Today’s podcast episode features Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Wendy Darling, as well as author and historian Mindy Johnson. The two women stop by in support of the new Blu-ray edition of Peter Pan, which is out today. Just what… Read More ›
Richard Levine Talks “Submission” and Me Too on “Lass is More”
Today we have writer-director Richard Levine on the podcast to talk about his new movie, “Submission.” The film stars Stanley Tucci as a professor who pursues a relationship with a student and quickly finds himself going to a very bad… Read More ›
“Lass is More”: What do “Cars 3” & “The Glass Castle” Teach us About Personality
This week marks our 100th “meander” episode of the podcast! To celebrate (maybe) we’re talking about how the various bits of our history help shape our personality and how that can come across (or not) in movies. Well, I say… Read More ›
“Lass is More” on “Beauty and the Beast” and “Bambi”
There is a new “Beauty and the Beast” movie. But, you already know that. It stars Emma Watson and Josh Gad and Dan Stevens and Luke Evans and it’s out on Blu-ray this week. Also out is the 75 year-old… Read More ›
“Lass is More” Interviews “The Last Laugh” Director and Examines “Moana”
There are just some things you don’t joke about. We have all heard people tell us just that — it’s wrong, it’s too serious, it’s inappropriate, it’s disrespectful. Whatever the reasoning might be, each and every one of us has either… Read More ›
"Lass is More" Finds Happiness with "Finding Dory"
This is, if we’re looking to label it, the year of the belated sequel. Some of these have been good, some have been bad, and many feel like they simply exist in order to prey on our nostalgia and drain… Read More ›
"Lass is More" Hunts for the "Wilderpeople" with "Beauty and the Beast"
What is that the want in life? I am of the belief that we regularly don’t know the answer to that until we find it. I would never have figured that my life would taken me where it has–it certainly… Read More ›
"Lass is More" on Animation, "Zootopia," and "Anomalisa."
I know that I’ve talked before about animation and how the best animation is work that is for both kids and adults, that gets everyone in the audience excited. Well, I’m back at it today, but this time with two… Read More ›
A Look at the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Blu-ray Bonus Features and What They Mean
I spent several hours last weekend watching the bonus features that are a part of “The Force Awakens” Blu-ray release. As with many a set of bonus features, there is stuff out there to be learned, but one thing in… Read More ›
"Lass is More" on Legos, "Aladdin," and "Inside Out"
We have a big discussion today on Lass is More as we look into things that are meant for kids but great for adults too. Actually, as I’ve said before (and totally mention in the podcast), all the best kids… Read More ›