I love when I find a screenwriter who captures the essence of a story and without any fluff, builds a well told narrative. Well this week, Mike Makowsky’s Bad Education came out on HBO and Mr. Makowsky, you made high honor roll! Being a retired vet of the NYS Education’s Public School System, I can… Continue reading An A+ for Makowsky’s Bad Education
Shirkers is a 2018 documentary written and directed by Sandi Tan which made the short list for Oscars Best Docs of 2019. As much as I talk smack against Amanda of The Big Picture Podcast (mainly because she has not given Shia LaBouef nor Robert Pattinson the credit they deserve), I am blessed to have… Continue reading Shirkers, Halcyon Days
If I can recommend one fun adult movie during these quarantine times, ‘ it’s A Good Old Fashioned Orgy written and directed by Alex Gregory and Peter Hyuck, a dynamic comedy duo also known for their work on Veep and King of the Hill. Rotten Tomatoes critics are pretty harsh at their 39% and this… Continue reading A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Bravo Jason Orley! I liked the story you wrote called Big Time Adolescence and I liked your directing, too. Though I’m not surprised because I also enjoyed Pete Davidson’s comedy special which you also directed. You’re one sharp cookie! The story of Big Time Adolescence, a younger guy’s bromance with his big sister’s ex-boyfriend was… Continue reading Big Time Talent, Big Time Adolescence
For a day or two, Rotten Tomatoes had Abe at 100% and in Covid times, that’s like walking the desert and seeing a fountain up ahead. By the time I got to said fountain aka Abe, the RT rating was at a much more sensible 71%. And rightly so… Is the story of Abe excellent… Continue reading Abe: Reality After the Mirage
Perfect for dog groomers or anyone in need of a far our cult film, this yum yum flick is for a night when you’re up to your neck in what the f’s hurled toward Covid19 frustrations. I do need to watch Carrie from 1978 which is heavily referenced, (not a Stephen King movie fan with… Continue reading Surreal Times Call for Surreal Film: She’s Allergic to Cats: subtitle Kinky for Kinsky
In the rabbit hole of what to watch, I happened upon Aberdeen from 2000, written and directed by Hans Petter Moland (his most recent film was Out Stealing Horses  which garnered several awards in Norway). Aberdeen stars Lena Headey who I’m probably the only person on Earth who didn’t know who she was (Game… Continue reading Another Adults Home Alone Feature: Aberdeen
A funny thing happened on the way to the Covid19 rental…so I had the Zelig failure, and determined to save Woody’s creative reputation, I found a recent (2016) free limited series starring Woody and Elaine May called Crisis in Six Scenes and I realized how prolific and funny Elaine May is (and she is 88… Continue reading Elaine May Makes it All Better: A New Leaf
Banana Split (directed by Benjamin Kasulke whose work I’ve enjoyed in two other films: Laggies and Safety Not Guaranteed) is a tasty new film written by the lead actress Hannah Marks and creative partner Joey Powers. While the plot’s been done before (even in my own life) in that two young women vie for the… Continue reading Banana Split, New and Tasty!
Running today I concluded our lives had become pretty darn boring preCovid. At least mine anyway. I ran my 3 and a half miles, I went to work, I eat my ritualistic meals. Pretty solitary, but enjoyable and the only true novelties were restaurant outings, vicarious pleasures I got from movies and the trips I… Continue reading Notting Hill, Notting Wrong Wid It!