Cold Comfort – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – June 2017

Shakespeare, we believe, was thinking of us, your humble critics, when he wrote these prophetic lines: “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all […]

The Britt pre-invasion – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – May 2017

Halfway through last winter, we began to feel antsy. We’d hike the Woodlands trail above the Britt Festival grounds—and pause to look longingly through the fence. We’d drive up Oregon […]

Black is the New Black – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – April 2017

Hollywood’s movie business is exactly that: a business, dedicated to the creation of art that (hopefully) will bring in enough money to cover the cast, crew, and dozens of others […]

Dog Gone – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – March 2017

Recently a movie named A Dog’s Purpose flickered through the multiplexes. It hasn’t fared well. Critics across the country panned it. The New York Times’ reviewer got right to the […]

City of Stars – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – February 2017

La La Land, a cinematic love letter to classic movie musicals, just won a bunch of Golden Globe Awards. Seven, in fact—the same number it was nominated for. You can […]

“Pressure” – by Paula and Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic, December 2016/January 2017

“Pressure pushing down on me, pressing down on you…” ~Queen/David Bowie

Whew! Well, that’s over. We finally can relax, knowing that the incessant pressure exerted by an endless flow of shrill […]

The Magnificent Twenty-One – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – November 2016

One of our edicts is: “Don’t remake Hollywood’s great classics; remake the movies that had the potential to be great but were screwed up in some way.” Cases in point: […]

It’s only forever, not long at all… The Anniversary of Labyrinth – by Paula and Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – October 2016

Thirty years ago, three master entertainers joined forces to create the fantasy film Labyrinth: director Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets), producer George Lucas (the man behind Star Wars), and […]

The Television Show on the Edge of Forever – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – September 2016

Brace yourself. The cultural phenomenon known as Star Trek is about to turn 50. In the coming weeks, you’ll likely hear a lot about the celebratory gatherings taking place. But […]

TV, or not TV – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – August 2016

It was lunchtime. The café was jumping. We stood near the entrance, enjoying the air-conditioning while quietly awaiting an available table. Across the room, a gentleman stood to leave. As […]