A Bomb in the Lasagna: Disney Does Horror Right with “Something Wicked This Way Comes”

Creating child-friendly horror is difficult. That’s not to say children aren’t easily scared –quite the opposite, really– but it’s not always easy for horror tv and movies aimed at a family audience to hit the mark. Perennial children’s Halloween favorites such as Hocus Pocus aims for humor more frequently than scares, whereas there are episodes of Rugrats that…

A Bomb in the Lasagna: “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week- The Touring Years” is an Irresistible Tour Through Familiar Territory

There are precious few moments in 20th century pop culture that have been explored as widely and deeply in books, magazines, and films as the ten years during which The Beatles were performing and making music together. The basic arc of their story, from ragtag Liverpudlian club band to pop music innovators, has been told,…

A Bomb in the Lasagna: “Maggie’s Plan” is the Cure for the Common Woody Allen Movie

The scene where Troubled Male Writer John (Ethan Hawke) confesses his love for Maggie (Greta Gerwig) comes relatively early in Maggie’s Plan. John feels trapped in his marriage to icy, career-focused Georgette (Julianne Moore) and can’t see the ending of his first novel in sight. Maggie is the young, free-spirited woman who’s been reading his novel…