If you’re new to my blog, I’ve attempted to fix the reply feature several times over and being a techno-dunce, can’t succeed. Hence, send your replies to my email (yes it’s real): firstname.lastname@example.org I really would like to hear your thoughts. While I’m itching to hear others’ opinions about Tar, I’ll be a virgin and… Continue reading “Tar”red and Intrigued
Ok, I admit my bias upfront. I think Ruben Ostlund’s movies are so unique and visceral that I already knew I’d love Triangle of Sadness, ESPECIALLY when you throw in one of my favorite people of all time, Woody Harrleson. Triangle of Sadness is not perfect, I would have trimmed a few scenes from acts… Continue reading Triangle of Sadness was my Oval of Ecstasy
The Greatest Show on Earth was yet another gaping hole in my classic film viewing. After seeing Singing in the Rain and aghast that it hadn’t won Best Picture, I decided now was the time to see what was victor. And TGSOE was the 1952 Oscar winning film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. At over… Continue reading The Greatest Show on Earth (1952): Nothin’ But (No) Net
Jiminey Crickets, if I had known about Stars at Noon (screenplay co-written by and directly fully by Claire Denis) I would have begged for a talk back opportunity. Why do some films get so little press when they are quality, and others, like Halloween 17 or whatever the candy corn name is, get a lot… Continue reading I found out about Stars at Noon at 11:59 A.M.
Fortunate enough to watch two and two-thirds classic movies on what I’ll call Ash (Blonde*) at Burns Court Theater; North By Northwest (Hitchcock 1959) and The Natural (Levinson 1983). First, an aphrodisiac about the films as a whole. I’ve seen North By Northwest before and the movie encompasses limitless viewing. This time I kept my… Continue reading A Kiss (vintage 59) is Not Just a Kiss (circa 1983)
John Sayles (twice nominated for Oscars in writing) wrote and directed Sunshine State and deserves accolades for the timeless subject matter: over development of land, demise of independent brick and mortars and with it the American dream, and the breakdown of the American family. The script doctor in me knows that he threw in way… Continue reading Sunshine State from 2002, Like FLA itself: Timeless Yet Flawed
Darker than Larry Crowne (2011), The Good House (directed by the married team of Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky who co-wrote in a threesome with Thomas Bezucha (Let Him Go) is a solid dramedy starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline. Biased with a long running man crush on Kevin Kline, I don’t think anyone would… Continue reading Sigourney & Kevin in a Well Built Real Estate Flick
This is possibly the slowest movie season in all of history which has to do with post Covid, cancel culture, and just the normal pre-autmumnal desert. Here’s my picks for the movie season thus far (not in any order): 1. Top Gun Maverick: say what you will about it being Tom Cruise schlock, dog gone… Continue reading I’m no Rihanna, but here’s my Movie Season Half-Time Show
Researching for the film enthusiasm class I’ll be leading through OLLI (via Ringling School of Art) in January entitled Flamboyant Florida Films, I decided to choose a couple of docs. An older one a work colleague suggested is Vernon, Florida from director Errol Morris. Well, have I learned something new! First, Morris is an Academy… Continue reading Under the Learn Something New Everyday Column: Vernon, Florida
Bros, directed and co-written (with star Billy Eichner) by Nicholas Stoller is a novel and authentic take on gay relationships. Not only that, I believe it is the beginning of normalizing gay relationships. Perhaps a controversial take, but until more of these groundbreaking films are seen, society is going to have to deal with indgnant… Continue reading Bros: Been awhile since I got to type “well written”!