Author Archives: Owen Johnson

‘Hellboy’ is bad, and the devil is in the details

‘Hellboy’ is bad, and the devil is in the details

This is the third live-action film in the franchise. (Photo courtesy of Variety) Owen Johnson Connector Editor Step aside Halle Berry’s “Catwoman” and Joel Schumacher’s “Batman & Robin”; 2019’s “Hellboy” is the unmitigated embarrassment when it comes to cinematic adaptions of comic books now. When the ancient sorceress Nimue (Milla Jovovich) from the time of King

‘Pet Sematary’ has more wrong than just the spelling

There are talks of a prequel film to “Pet Sematary.” (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor The phrase, “Sometimes, dead is better,” is plastered over every advertisement for “Pet Sematary,” based on the novel by Stephen King of the same name. Ironically, the filmmakers did not head this warning and decided to

David Archuleta’s Boston City Winery review

David Archuleta has mentioned Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder and Bryan Adams, among others, as his musical influences. (Photo courtesy of Christina Laderoute/UMass Lowell Connector) Christina Laderoute Connector Staff The lights dimmed and David Archuleta took the stage at the Boston City Winery. He was met with an abundance of applause from the dinner guests waiting

Underrated Classics: ‘The Naked Gun’ is comedic mastery

“The Naked Gun” is based off of the short-lived television series “Police Squad!” (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor Before the dredge of comedic-spoof movies like “Scary Movie” and “Epic Movie” were being pumped out as the laziest, most cynical cash grabs in the history of Hollywood, spoof comedy actually had a

‘Dumbo’ flies higher than expected, but not by much

Will Smith, Bill Hader, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck were all considered for the main role. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor “Dumbo” is the first of four planned live-action remakes to classic Disney animated films that are slated for release in 2019. If “Dumbo” is any indication to how

Boston Calling tenth anniversary festival preview

The lineup for Boston Calling’s tenth anniversary. (Photo courtesy of Boston Calling) Owen Johnson Connector Editor The Boston Calling music festival will be occurring at the Harvard University Athletics Complex in Allston, Massachusetts. The festival will run from Friday, May 24 until Sunday, May 26. The festival runs from 2:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on

‘The Jungle Book’ lacks the bare necessities of storytelling

Owen Johnson Connector Editor “The Jungle Book” from 1967 is hailed as not only one of the most popular Disney animated films of the pre-Disney-Renaissance period, but also as one of the all-time classic animated films. Does it deserve these honors? Not by a long shot. When the tiger Shere Khan (George Sanders) returns to

‘Green Book’ should not have been Best Picture

“Green Book” also won Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor The Academy Awards is known for causing controversy not just for who gets snubbed during the nomination process, but also over who and what ends up winning. In 1999, “Shakespeare in Love” beat “Saving Private

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