Musical

phantom of the opera

Overlooked Gem: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2004)

By Jonathan Decker Scary but beautiful, lavish but intimate, Gaston Leroux’s tragic story of The Phantom of the Opera, as channeled through the vision of playwright Andrew Lloyd Webber, has moved and frightened audiences around the world for over 20 years. The key in its appeal lies in its ability to evoke both sympathy and terror towards its title character, a musical prodigy who has endure ...[Read More]

dr horrible's

DR. HORRIBLE’S SINGALONG BLOG Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) This is a 45-minute, three-act musical/comedy done by writing genius Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) during the 2008 writer’s strike. He was bored and wanted to create something; while Dr. Horrible is low-budget, it is high-quality in terms of both comedy and music. Entertainment Weekley says: “The songs a ...[Read More]

mamma mia

MAMMA MIA! Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Did you know Meryl Streep can do a toe-touch? Seriously! And that Pierce Brosnan has a raspy yet macho singing voice? Kind of like a deeper Bryan Adams. Basically, if you like ABBA, if you like fun fluffy musicals, if you dig that type of energy, this is a blast. If not, move along. Colin Firth adds charm, Amanda Seyfried’s got some pipes, t ...[Read More]