Like the Most Annoying Bourne Identity: Cruella

I can’t remember where in the sequence the Bourne film was that drove me nuts, but Cruella achieved likewise. Their common ailment? I really don’t care to watch someone (or a group of three in Cruella) run for two hours straight since a real marathon would have much more substance. This is not to say… Continue reading Like the Most Annoying Bourne Identity: Cruella

The Dry, a 100% until the last ten minutes, no spoilers

What fun it was to see The Dry on the big screen, an eerie movie rendition of a Jane Harper novel written and directed by Robert Connolly, winner of several Aussie Awards. He also had help writing from fellow Australian Harry Cripps and Jane Harper herself. First, whatever supplements Eric Bana is taking, get thee… Continue reading The Dry, a 100% until the last ten minutes, no spoilers

Sub ‘Twisted’ for ‘Promising’ Young Woman

Emerald Fennell’s written and directed Promising Young Woman is worth seeing. Good twists, scant violence, bravo on both counts. Now let’s talk about assuming your audience is intelligent, a demographic of which I guess Emerald doesn’t care to appeal. Much like Fincher’s Gone Girl, the characters are rather 2-D, there’s bad frat boys, there’s disgraced,… Continue reading Sub ‘Twisted’ for ‘Promising’ Young Woman

Black Bear and Black Bottom (Ma Rainey’s)

Black Bear, written and directed by Lawrence Michael Levine, had a lot of promise, yet landed with a thud. Let’s just say it’s a movie about a screenwriter full of ideas. The lead is one of my favorite comedic actresses Aubrey Plaza (my faves: Ingrid Goes West &An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn). And while… Continue reading Black Bear and Black Bottom (Ma Rainey’s)

The Parallax View’s 1974 Sage Advice for 2020

Coincidentally themed, Rashomon (1950) and The Parallax View (1974), a film I watched last night, both address how an object (in both films the object in question is a crime) can look different depending on the angle from which you view it. An not to sound too much like Mister Rogers, but, ‘Kids, isn’t that… Continue reading The Parallax View’s 1974 Sage Advice for 2020

You Go Girls!: Blow the Man Down

Hey Bridget Savage and Danielle Krudy, you go girls!! I loved their moody noir set in a Maine fishing town. The movie opens with fishmen singing traditional sea faring songs. And yet the movie doesn’t take itself too serious, and one of the fishmen actually breaks the fourth wall giving a knowing look and a… Continue reading You Go Girls!: Blow the Man Down

A Girl Walks Into a Movie Theater…

A girl walks into a movie theater, intent on seeing Little Women, but just as I veer towards the men’s group at any Super Bowl party, the minute I heard a woman say how Little Women dripped a little too much maudlin, I spun and drove for a power lay up back into Uncut Gems.… Continue reading A Girl Walks Into a Movie Theater…

Uncut Gems: Sparkling!

Not sure how to write a review about a revelation without spoiling this film written by my cherished Safdie brothers (Good Time, Daddy Long Legs) and their writing partner Ronald Bronstein. BUT I will keep my promise!! Suffice to say it’s a must see and certainly breaks into my top ten at ‘lucky’ number 7… Continue reading Uncut Gems: Sparkling!

“Parasite”: Impressive Korean New Wave But Will it Be Oscar’s Fave?

Bong Joon Ho, is part of the Korean New Wave and writer and director of what some say is ‘Picture of the Year”. But what makes a film worthy of such a moniker? It all comes down to story (and scene moments), acting and cinematography. Let’s take story first. Like Joker, Parasite tackles class and… Continue reading “Parasite”: Impressive Korean New Wave But Will it Be Oscar’s Fave?