My Grandma, Florence C. Baker, passed away in the middle of the night. And since my last cinema therapy run was to Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days (co-written with Takuma Takasaki), I wanted to pay tribute to my grandmother’s life, which is oddly similar to the main character’s, played heroically by Koji Yakusho. My Grandma Florence… Continue reading Perfect Days Review in Tribute to my Grandma
Cooking makes me anxious, but I love watching people cook… I eat about ten foods, but love to hear about what people are eating even if I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole… I love going to all kinds of restaurants, but hate when someone (friend or family) wants to cook for me…… Continue reading The Taste of Things: Isn’t it Ironic?
My day started off rather prophetically when I saw an absolute heinous Vogue article by a young mother who just can’t stand playing with her toddler son. UGH! I thought. There is no justice that ungrateful brats can have children while others who really want them go through painstaking In vitro procedures to no avail.… Continue reading Zone of Interest: Enter at Your Own Risk
Being an old soul since birth, I always feel a tad ridiculous going to a kids’ movie. I felt the same way at Wonka, even though I love Timothee Chalamet. I’m always praying for some adult humor snuck in to benefit us taller than 4 feet. Wonka did provide a smidge of adult humor (thanks… Continue reading Wonka’s Worth It!
A funny thing happened on the way to the Karoake…
Thanks to my sweet son Liam, I have the Criterion Channel for a few months. Thus far, I’ve had a lot of entertainment! One small piece, meaning time wise, was Scorsese’s American Boy: The Steven Prince Story. Steven Prince is a wiry Jewish man from NYC who became buddies with Scorsese back in the 70’s… Continue reading Criterion Fun: Small, Medium & Large
Driving Madeleine is a quality drama with a splash of comedy. Cyril Grey who helped with Chocolat had a hand in writing this as did the director, Christian Carion, BAFTA nominee for 2006’s Merry Christmas. The story sounds like it’d be a nice light watch, MAIS NON! It’s a dramatic retelling of a woman’s life,… Continue reading Driving Madeleine: C’est La Vie
A big cheat, but a tie for Number One: Poor Things for it’s originality and whimsy, Holdovers for it’s homage to my favorite decade (the 1970’s) Number Two: Going way against my original first impression, Past Lives. The film making from the grand sweeping shots of New York, to the smaller melancholic reflections in mud… Continue reading My Top Five Of 2023
Warning: The first paragraph contains no spoilers and then the rest of the review is straight talk. All of Us Strangers is an Andrew Haigh film (45 Years, Lean on Pete) which he adapted from a novel by Taichi Yamada. The film has received 3 BAFTA Awards (film, screenplay director) and rightly so. Though I… Continue reading All of Us Strangers aka Fever Dream aka Pillow Talk
Jeffrey Wright is my second favorite character in Asteroid City. That’s not a slam since the cast of Wes Anderson’s film is humongous (Hanks, Brody, Norton, Johansson, etc), I just happened to be in love with Jason Schwartzman. Wright is an acting dynamo who hasn’t gotten enough leading man roles. His most famous award thus… Continue reading “American Fiction” Aims at the Truth