March 23rd, 2012

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 10 "John Carter" proves Disney should not release Sci Fi in March

The box office has not been too kind to **John Carter** and some mainstream critics have denounced the film as clichéd. What these critics overlook is that author Edgar Rice Burroughs is the father of all science fiction cliché novels that spawned films like **Star Wars,** *Star Trek** and **Indiana Jones.**

From beginning to end, **John Carter** provides two hours of visual candy featuring water, air, fire and a show down between the armies of good guys and bad guys. Once this film leaves the Museum of Discovery IMAX Theater to make room for **Wrath of the Titans, ** expect **John Carter** to crash land at the Box Office.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 11 'Musical Chairs" has double meaning

What it lacks in special effects, **Musical Chairs** makes up for it with pure drama. E.J. Bonila portrays Armando, the son of a Spanish restaurant owner in New York City. Armando is a good provincial son, but he longs to dance in a competitive field.

He meets the beautiful Mia (Leah Pipes) who is in training for a big competition. After Mia and Armando have a quick dance in the studio, she steps out into the street and becomes a paraplegic. From this tragedy, Armando displays true courage and compassion as he helps Mia overcome her
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 12 "The Matchmaker" has nothing to do with Dolly Levi

**The Matchmaker,** an Israel film with English subs titles. During the terrorist attacks upon Israel in 2006, Inspector Arik learns that he is the beneficiary of Yankele Bride, the local "Matchmaker" from Arik's teen years.

**The Matchmaker** is a memory piece, especially for people older than 40. We remember a world in which new music could be found listening to a friend's reel-to-reel tape recorder. The posters on the wall do not celebrate marijuana, but John Wayne. **The Matchmaker** is the best new movie opening this weekend.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 13 "The Lorax" works for a while...

When **Rango** was announced for best animated feature at the Oscars, I came to a revelation, this was the first year that I did not review any nominated animated motion pictures. With the 70.5 million dollar box office take over the weekend, I knew **Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax** would be the film for me to review this week.

Published forty one years ago, this seventy two page easy reader was considered serious children’s book that became required reading for Earth Day. **The Lorax** told the story of a hermit named Once –ler, who was responsible for destroying all the trees in this particular neighborhood of Dr. Seuss.

After causing the departure of the Lorax, the guardian of the trees, the Once-ler tells his tale of woe to a child. With trademark Dr. Seuss wit and rhyme, **The Lorax** is a poignant fable about man caused disasters.

If only the producers of **Dr.Seuss’ The Lorax** had the courage to be understated. Instead the audience is given a romantic subplot between characters voiced by Zac Efron and Taylor Swift, whose grandmother (Betty White) makes Non Sequiter statements that ultimately become profound pearls of wisdom. As The Lorax, Danny De Vito sounds miscast as a nature god. we are given two chase sequences that are used to sell 3-D. The musical numbers that are toe tappers, but the tunes are not memorable.

Despite these flaws, there is no denying the entertaining value of **Dr. Seuss' The Lorax** for young children. In particular, the early sequences in which young Once-ler moves into the Forrest and encounters singing bears and goldfish. With less frenetic actions, these are sweet moments.

Children will not forget the sad eyes of the animals when they are forced to leave the Forrest. It is a subtle moment that best presents the theme of conservation.

In a world where people don't drink water from the tap, but purchase in plastic bottles, **Dr, Seuss' The Lorax** provides pointed criticism to consumer behavior.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent 14 'Journey 2 The Mysterious Island" is pure family fun

Despite a critical pummeling, **Journey 2 The Mysterious Island** has been re silent at the box office. Currently the IMAX treat at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery until March 9th (when **John Carter on Mars** opens), **Journey 2 the Mysterious Island** is a fun adventure movie for the whole family.

A loose sequel to **Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D,** Josh Hutchenson returns as Sean, a teenage rebel with some intelligence. He has received a secret ham radio code from his long lost grandfather, Alexander (Michael Caine), a character who could be a charter member of the dearly departed **Adventurers Club.** Kungaloosh. Despite protests from his Mom (Kristin Davis) and Stepfather (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), Sean embarks on a quest to find his long lost grandfather.

**Journey 2 The Mysterious Island** is Saturday Matinee popcorn eating entertainment, a trademark of producer Charlotte Huggins, whose previous MODS IMAX credits include **Encounter in the Third Dimension,** **Alien Adventure** and the first **Journey.** Yet if one scratches the surface of **Journey 2 the Mysterious Island,** one will find science and literature competencies that will support, in a cool way, a public school curriculum.

Four years ago while promoting his original **Journey,** Josh Hutchenson was honored by the **Palm Beach International Film Festival.**