Movies at Home: Celebrate Woody Harrelson’s birthday with his top five performances

Happy 57th Birthday, Woody Harrelson!   Mr. Harrelson burst on the scene in 1985 as Woody Boyd, Coach’s replacement, on the legendary and equally hilarious sitcom “Cheers”, which ran on NBC until its triumphant finale on May 20, 1993. Don’t look now, but Harrelson has popped up everywhere in key supporting roles in blockbusters like “The Hunger Games” series (2012 – 2015), “Now You See Me” (2013) and its sequel (2016), “Zombieland” (2009), “Solo” (2018), and “War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017). The man born in Midland, Texas in…

Indifference is the one word to describe ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” – The Star Wars universe obviously centers around the Skywalker family, and during Episodes IV through VI, Luke was anointed the main protagonist.   His personal Shakespearean journey is the largest thread in the original films’ tapestry, and millions and millions – and perhaps, billions – of kids welded PVC pipes, wooden sticks and purchased plastic lightsabers to emulate Luke Skywalker. On the other hand, if one took an informal poll of Star Wars fans, more boys, young men and grown men would probably want to…

‘The Glass Castle’ lets us clearly see into a soulful bundle of life

“The Glass Castle” – “This is as real as it gets kids.  You learn from living.” – Rex Walls (Woody Harrelson) Rex Walls proudly exclaims the aforementioned statement to his young children during an impromptu stop in the desert, while he points out the intricacies of the arid – but wondrous – surroundings.  Rex and his wife, Rose Mary (Naomi Watts), are very knowledgeable and talented individuals, and their kids – Jeannette, Lori, Brian, and Maureen – could absolutely learn a couple lifetimes of facts, figures, philosophy, art, and science…

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ prefers less combat, more drama

“War for the Planet of the Apes” – Lions may be the kings of the jungle, but apes are the animal rulers of dystopian civilization cinema.   Hands – with opposable thumbs – down.  Six films and two television series donned the big and small screens, respectively, before director Rupert Wyatt resurrected the franchise in 2011 with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.   Wyatt did not monkey around (sorry, I couldn’t resist), as he opened a prequel-door to reveal key moments that led to the apes’ rise.  The pronounced bond…