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Introducing Bubba Puppin Adventure Dog – Bubba’s On The Naughty List By Lou Lou

Posted By Sybrina 7 hours ago on Writing - Introducing Bubba Puppin Adventure Dog - Bubba's On The Naughty List By Lou Lou. Genres: Children's Dog Books & Children's Animal Action & Adventure. Bubba Puppin Adventure Dog is a fun bedtime story about Bubba the yellow lab that is a normal dog by day and an adventure dog by night. When his family goes to sleep he leaves on his secret rocket ship to go on adventures. In tonight's adventure, it's Christmas Eve and Bubba gets on the NAUGHTY list! He has to go to the North Pole, find Santa, and get off the naughty list before Christmas is over.

Cinematic Releases: Empire of Light (2022) - Reviewed

Posted By themoviesleuth 8 hours ago on Entertainment

Courtesy of Searchlight PicturesThe end of 2022 is shaping up to be the year of movies about movies.  Whether it be dark exposes of its abuses ala Blonde or She Said, celebratory ala Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, disoriented ala Iñárritu’s Bardo and the upcoming swan dive into Old Hollywood bacchanal and debauchery Babylon, it is clearly the year all the clean as well as dirty laundry of the film industry was hung out to dry before moviegoers on a huge silver screen.  Movies about the industry that generates them are hardly new but rarely has such a film year seen so many of them.  The latest paean to the moving image is American Beauty and 1917 director Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light: a semi-autobiographical drama about a small-town English movie theater running sometime in the early 1980s starring white Olivia Colman as Hilary, a troubled neurotic theater lobby worker who finds herself falling for younger black newly hired Stephen (Michael Ward) who quickly ascends the ranks to become the theater’s main projectionist. Partially a light fluffy love letter to the flickering image while also exposing the darker weathers of its abuses committed by upper management as well as particularly turbulent racial tensions, Empire of Light mostly follows Hilary who is all smiles tearing tickets at the box office when she isn’t performing sexual favors for her womanizing manager Donald Ellis (Colin Firth).  Her daily routine of “performing” in front of and behind the curtain is upended by the arrival of Stephen, an intelligent and sensitive man who initially starts as the object of Hilary’s scorn but soon winds up stealing the unbalanced woman’s heart.  As their relationship blossoms and longstanding resentments and anger towards her predatory boss start to crop up in outbursts, their relationship as coworkers and secret lovers grows more fraught with anxiety and a measure of dysfunction Stephen finds himself increasingly at odds with. Written (his first), produced and directed by Sam Mendes, this impassioned schmaltzy/ugly portrait of the old movie palace dedicated to Arclight film projection and those who ran it is a technically brilliant powerfully acted and achingly beautifully scored piece that given all of its dramatic weight oddly lands with the soft lightness of a feather.  Despite dramatizing intense psychotic breaks with the Oscar winning Olivia Colman at her most bug-eyed fever pitched mad, strong supporting performances from the always good Colin Firth and the sensitive, nuanced performance by Michael Ward, somehow it doesn’t add up to much more than learning something about yourself and being all the better for it.  Somewhat disappointing considering the technical and professional pedigree of the piece. What can be said that hasn’t been said already about Roger Deakins?  The man is one of the greatest living cinematographers, so much so even casual moviegoers who don’t pay close attention to such ‘insignificant’ details seem to know the name of Deakins.  Paired with Sam Mendes in his fourth collaboration with the director, the two make the interior decorum of the very real Dreamland Margate Cinema building which was remodeled for the film into a palace filled with magic.  Replete with all the splendor and deterioration mixed, Deakins’ camera almost lovingly prances through this kind of wonderland with joyous glee.  Then there’s the film’s score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, their second effort geared towards movie experiences of the past following David Fincher’s divisive Mank.  Stoking the awe and wonderment of their score for Pixar’s Soul while scratching abrasions in heavier scenes reminiscent of their Nine Inch Nails music, the soundscape of Empire of Light has the unique temperature of chilly warmth, saccharine when it isn’t sad. Performance wise, everyone gives top notch work with Olivia Colman naturally attacking her role with fire and passion, making Hilary a soft spoken withdrawn yet chipper figure who is harboring deep seated displaced anger.  Rising to the task of standing up to this hot mess of a woman is Michael Ward as a man who is aware of the prejudices of the world against him who nevertheless possesses a drive and determination to succeed.  Unlike her lecherous boss cheating on his wife with Hilary for office “visits”, played with icky relish by the always great Colin Firth, Ward makes Stephen into a caring and even heroic figure who grows steadily unsure of how to deal with Hilary’s unraveling meltdown.  Turning over a nice if not overqualified bit of casting is Toby Jones as Norman the theater’s main projectionist who takes Stephen under his wing and passes on the knowledge of running two Arclight film projectors. Everyone’s entitled a lark if not a confessional and Sam Mendes picked the year Tinseltown took a good hard look at itself, but for all the high quality filmmaking, music and top tier acting Empire of Light ends up being somewhat of a yawn.  Yes the film is rife with tributes to everyone from Kubrick (look at the theater lobby carpet for The Shining patterns) to posters for The Day of the Locustand The Elephant Man to mentions of the world gala premiere of Chariots of Fire taking place at the film’s titular theater.  And yet for all of its likes and dislikes about what goes on behind the scenes at a movie palace, Empire of Light winds up being much ado about not much at all in the end unfortunately.  A light/heavy personal yarn that offers up strong technical suits and great acting, Mendes’ love letter to the movies that shaped who he is as an artist today doesn’t do a whole lot other films about films from this year did with greater emotional impact.  But it might make you feel cozy and leave you with a smile on your face.--Andrew Kotwicki (function() { var zergnet = document.createElement('script'); zergnet.type = 'text/javascript'; zergnet.async = true; zergnet.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Which Factors Influence the Amount of Water a Plant Takes In?

Posted By livingwater 9 hours ago on Health - In this day and age, I believe it is safe to say that we are all aware of the fact that each and every one of us needs to save as much water as possible in any way and wherever we can find the opportunity to do so. One of the most significant areas in [...]
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Three Things to Consider When Writing Recognition and Appreciation for Employees

Posted By ivanpw 9 hours ago on Blogging - It’s no secret that everyone wants to receive some form of recognition from their employer when they do great work. In fact, employers that give little recognition risk high turnover… Read more »
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7 Ways to Boost Your SaaS Sales and Get Results

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How to Choose the Best Riders for Your Term Insurance Plan?

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Stay Focused On Your Dream: Jon Landau Says Alita: Battle Angel Sequel Talks Are Happening

Posted By themoviesleuth 1 day 2 hours 57 minutes ago on Entertainment

Image courtesy 20th Century FoxAlthough Alita:Battle Angel was not a massive box office success, it did go on to gross $404 million worldwide against a $170 million budget. Ever since its release in theaters, fans have been clamoring for the planned sequels to the film with little to no word on what was happening with the franchise. Now, producer Jon Landau says that there are ongoing talks about continuing the saga and that he's been in contact with Robert Rodriguez about bringing the concluding chapters to cinemas:"There's a little film called Alita: Battle Angel that we'd love to circle back and do a sequel to. We're talking to Robert about that; hopefully it comes to fruition."With no official word from Disney (who now owns all the 20th Century branded properties), it isn't officially slated but seems to be of interest. Landau says that conversations are happening but it is ultimately up to the execs at Disney to decide if it happens or not. The film was based on an original manga series and was initially a James Cameron project before it was handed off to Rodriguez and crew. -CG  (function() { var zergnet = document.createElement('script'); zergnet.type = 'text/javascript'; zergnet.async = true; zergnet.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? "https:" : "http:") + '//'; var znscr = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; znscr.parentNode.insertBefore(zergnet, znscr); })();