Film Reviews

Grease (1978)

Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) is an Australian transplant at an American high school. Fresh off a romantic summer vacation with the boy of her dreams, she’s nervous to start school in a new place, where she doesn’t know anyone. Soon enough she’s adopted by a girl gang known as the Pink Ladies, who relish in all the activities Sandy’s too prim to partake in. She doesn’t expect to get along too well with the Pink Ladies’ male counterpart either, a group of leathered, smoking greasers known as the T-Birds. She expects even less to recognize the leader of the T-Birds—Danny Zuko (John Travolta)—as the boy she fell in love with over the summer. When it becomes clear that Sandy’s proper demeanor doesn’t mesh with the reckless bravado of Danny and his friends, Sandy has a choice to make: Goodbye Danny or goodbye Sandra Dee.

The Princess Bride (1987)

Buttercup (Robin Wright), a peasant girl in a far away kingdom, has no greater joy in life than antagonizing her farm boy, Westley (Cary Elwes). Eventually Buttercup and Westley fall in love, and Westley leaves Buttercup in search of work to support her and their farm. When Buttercup learns that Westley has perished in his travels, she despairs. She is chosen to wed Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), against her will. Resigned to her fate, Buttercup gives up hope, until she is kidnapped by bandits and rescued by a handsome and familiar masked stranger.

Barbie Fairytopia: Mermaidia (2006)

In her evil quest to rule Fairytopia, an exiled Laverna (Kathleen Barr) kidnaps Prince Nalu (Alessandro Juliani) of Mermaidia and threatens to contaminate the ocean if he refuses to help her find a rare and powerful magical fruit. It is up to Elina (Kelly Sheridan), savior of Fairytopia and Nalu’s friend, to help find him before it’s too late. To do so, she’ll have to work with Nori (Chiara Zanni), a surly and standoffish mermaid, temporarily give up her newly-bestowed fairy wings, and travel to the deepest darkest part of the ocean.