I loved Deep Water. Think the whimsy can be attributed to the thrills and absurdity of real life, and how Deep Water addresses the idea of men who refuse to leave abusive relationships (the subject of a stage play I wrote two years ago called “May Divorce Be With You”–think Star Wars and you get… Continue reading A sweet giggle followed by a cannonball into Deep Water
Holy Intricate Super Hero Movie, Batman!
Matt Reeves and Peter Craig (who wrote The Town) have done a yeoman’s job on making a smart super hero movie. At 2 hours and 55 minutes, I feared boredom and stupidity. But I was proven wrong! I’m a sucker for Pattinson (and I never watched Twilight), but please get thee to a tv and… Continue reading Holy Intricate Super Hero Movie, Batman!
Kimi, Come On!
Kimi’s famous director Steven Soderbergh must have not read David Koepp’s entire screenplay. If he had, he would have seen it was akin to a Lincoln Biography that end with Lincoln went to the theater, then died. Actually, no, but if I told you the ludicrous 15 minute ending of Kimi, then I’d blow my… Continue reading Kimi, Come On!
Red Rocket made me scream out loud, literally
Hopefully you’re savvy enough to get my review title’s double entendre which really did happen. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve said something out loud in a theater. The last time was during The Lighthouse when Willem DaFoe gave such a powerful monologue that I whisper said, “Oh my God”… Continue reading Red Rocket made me scream out loud, literally
Great Case Study, Good Starter Film: The Novice
The Novice, written and directed by Lauren Hadaway, reminds me of my counseling training days. If you suped up a OCD case study from the DSM-IV, you’d have The Novice. Unfortunately, case studies are just one note wonders, they don’t round out the person’s life, nor specifically detail impacts on a person’s life. It’s simply… Continue reading Great Case Study, Good Starter Film: The Novice
Don’t Look Up But Get Down with Your Sense of Humor
Don’t Look Up written (with the help of David Sirota: Guardian Contributor Bernie’s Speech Writer 2020) and directed by Adam McKay consists of a more star studded cast than can be held in the sky reported on by scientists Leo DeCaprio and Jen Lawrence. You name him/her/they and they are also in the movie: Streep,… Continue reading Don’t Look Up But Get Down with Your Sense of Humor
Germans and Women win the weekend film contest: No Time To Cry
Sorry Cary Joji Fukunaga, Maria Schrader beat you in the writing and directing departments this weekend. In fact, let me count the ways… 1. Sex appeal: though the lead character of “I’m Your Man” (Maria Schrader’s film) wears librarian fashions, there is an actual passionate sex scene. Whereas James Bond, with the emotional range of… Continue reading Germans and Women win the weekend film contest: No Time To Cry
Many Paints in a New Work
I truly enjoyed The Many Saints of Newark. To be fair, I was confused for the first 15 minutes, wishing they all had name tags, but David Chase and Lawrence Konner (with direction by Alan Taylor) had to paint with broad strokes in order to fit in the whole family. So I get it. And… Continue reading Many Paints in a New Work
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