Booksandmocha.com film division head Jessica Ploumis interviews film maker Danny Montenegro. Danny passed away in 2016, and we miss him dearly Continue reading
Directed by: Tim Burton
Written by: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Ploumis Reviews Big Eyes
Big Eyes is based on the true story of artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose work became famous in the 1950’s/60’s. Her paintings consisted of doll-like children, all with large dramatized eyes aka “The Big Eyes”. The expression shown in the eyes of the subjects in Margaret’s paintings made her work unique and insanely popular. It was, however, her husband at the time – Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) – who took credit for her paintings. Continue reading
Ploumis reviews “Into the Woods”
Into the Woods
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Written by: James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
“I wish, more than anything . . .”
For those of you who didn’t know, Into the Woods was originally a Broadway play in 1987, and then later revived again in 2002. The fairytales depicted in the story are based heavily on the Grimm’s Fairytales. Due to the adult content of the stories Disney had to change things around, and leave certain moments “off screen” for their young viewers. Continue reading
Ploumis reviews “Belle” (2013)…Movies are important. They not only entertain us, but also affect us at a deeper, cultural level. We live in a time that is rife with racial debates and injustices. Continue reading
…booksandmocha.com is happy to bring you a Christmas film review by Jessica Ploumis…
Best Movies to get you in the Christmas Spirit
It’s that time of year again, the time when we are all trying so desperately to remain happy and joyful because Christmas is coming (you know, the best time of the year). In reality, what we are really feeling is stressed, rushed, irritated and maybe even angry. Who can blame us? Continue reading
Jessica Ploumis reviews Frida (2002)
Jessica Ploumis reviews Frida (2002) for booksandmocha.com
“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can” – Frida
Frida is the biography of a resilient Mexican artist, who channels her curiosities and suffering into her paintings. Continue reading
Jessica Ploumis is a film reviewer for booksandmocha.com. She is also a screenwriter.
Jessica Ploumis reviews The Princess and the Frog (2009), by Ron Clements & John Musker, for booksandmocha.com
Directed by: Ron Clements & John Musker
Written by: Ron Clements & John Musker
A clever twist on the popular bedtime fairy tale – The Princess and the Frog is a story about what you want vs. what you need, and how can we tell the difference? Continue reading
Jessica Ploumis is a film critic and screenwriter
Jessica Ploumis reviews Birdman
Jessica Ploumis Reviews Birdman (2014), by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for booksandmocha.com
Directed by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Written by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
A movie for movie lovers.
I don’t mind admitting that I was completely geeking out while watching a film that seemed made for us, by us (you know US movie buffs). The fantasy-like way in which this film is shot and written is beautiful. Continue reading
Film Reviews by Jessica Ploumis
…Booksandmocha.com would like to welcome Ms.Jessica Ploumis as a film reviewer. Her lively and insightful column, film reviews by Jessica Ploumis, will be a regular feature in/of our film category.
“Everything I learned, I learned from the movies.” – Audrey Hepburn Continue reading
Here are a few interesting facts about The Three Stooges courtesy of ifc.com.
1. STOOGE PRODUCTIONS WERE THRIFTY.
Their sets were often leftovers from feature films.
2. CURLY WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED DANCER.
He often cut rugs at Brooklyn’s Triangle ballroom.
3. ONLY ONE SHORT FEATURES ALL FOUR HOWARD BROS.
Curly cameos as a sleeping train passenger!
4. CURLY’S RUNNING-IN-CIRCLES MOVE AS IMPROV.
He used it when he forgot his lines!
5. MOE NEVER HEARD HIS OWN SLAPS.
The sounds weren’t added until filming ended.
6. THE STOOGES GAVE LUCILLE BALL A BIG BREAK.
1934’s Three Little Pigskins was one of her first roles.
7. CURLY JOE WAS A FORMER CHILD STAR.
He started out in Vaudeville when he was seven.
8. LARRY’S HAIR WAS NATURALLY CURLY.
But he teased it out even more during filming.
9. LARRY PROBABLY FEARED FOUNTAIN PENS.
One once got stuck in his forehead during a shoot!
10. CURLY ONCE GOT SIX STITCHES ON HIS HEAD DURING FILMING.
He finished the shoot wearing a wig!
…for more facts about The Three Stooges: ifc,com
Three Stooges Singing the Alphabet
Three Stooges episode of the week…”Singing the Alphabet”
Move over Dr. Einstein and get ready for some unforgettable
extracurricular shenanigans from messrs. Moe, Larry and Curly!