Entries by Jay Ruud

Movie Review – Into the Woods by Rob Marshall

The much anticipated Disneyfied version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s revered musical Into the Woods, opened on Christmas Day nationwide and pulled in millions of fans of the musical or of Broadway in general, as well as millions of families with small children eager for a Disney version of famous fairy tales. It seems […]

Trivia Question for December 26

December 26 is Thomas Gray’s 298th birthday. Perhaps his most often-quoted line is “ignorance is bliss,” from his “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College.” But the line is almost always taken out of context. The actual line begins “Where ignorance is bliss….” For TRIVIA BRAGGING RIGHTS, what is the line that follows it and completes the sentence? […]

Trivia Question for December 17

On this date in 1843, Charles Dickens’ classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL was published. There have been at least 21 film versions of the story (not counting those made for television). No actor has ever won an Oscar for playing Scrooge. However, one has won a Golden Globe award. Can you name this Golden Globe winning […]

Movie Review – Exodus: Gods and Kings by Ridley Scott

Anyone making a film of the epic story of Moses and the Ten Commandments must inevitably deal with the 600-pound gorilla that is Cecile B. DeMille. DeMille invented and perfected the biblical epic in the early days of Hollywood, and brought it to the pinnacle of success with his 1956 epic The Ten Commandments. That […]

Nightcrawler by Dan Gilroy

You may very well feel like you need a shower after watching Jake Gyllenhaal as the incredibly sleazy L.A. freelance crime photographer Louis Bloom in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler. Gyllenhaal, sporting the worst screen haircut since Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men, reportedly lost thirty pounds to play the role of the sociopathic Bloom, […]