Immediately following (and actually many times during) my friend Tim and I derisively mocked the film Killing of a Sacred Deer. “Implausible”, “Who cares about these non-emotional people?”, “No mother is ever going to say (with the exception in this silly classic horror film trope), ‘Don’t involve the cops’”. But there I was the following… Continue reading Killing of a Sacred Deer, Communal Grousing Fun
Undulous and Evocative Swells: The Shape of Water
I remember the first time I heard Schubert’s Winterreise on NPR, white knuckle driving the snowy commute from home to school. Made more poignant by dancer Bill T Jone’s tale of watching his father’s brutal walk in the bitter cold to make ends meet for his family. (https://www.wabe.org/winter-songs-bill-t-jones-picks-schuberts-winterreise/) The music and memory made me calm.… Continue reading Undulous and Evocative Swells: The Shape of Water
That’s amore`, that’s a screenplay! Spinelli’s American Made
Two aspects of American Made immediately impressed me; first the taut screenplay by Gary Spinelli* and Tom Cruise‘s perpetual likeability**. *I’ll continue to research, but thus far, there’s not a whole lot of bio information about Gary Spinelli. I assume he’s relatively new at screenwriting according to the short list of his writings on IMDB.… Continue reading That’s amore`, that’s a screenplay! Spinelli’s American Made
Twilight is Broken and thank goodness: Good Time
If it hadn’t been for Jennifer Jason Leigh’s interview on Marc Maron’s podcast, I would have been very reluctant to see Good Time. I mean a crime drama starring the dude from Twilight isn’t exactly in my wheel house of interests. But JJ Leigh interested me, even more so her back story, her dad Vic… Continue reading Twilight is Broken and thank goodness: Good Time
Adam “Baby” Driver, Just One Reason to see Logan Lucky
Logan Lucky was just what the doctor ordered, a squeeze in of fun between one enervating work shift and before a totally different, and oft times lonely eight hours. I shan’t bore you with the details, besides there’s too much to say about Logan Lucky. Not just because Adam Driver, is the attractive introverted, quirky,… Continue reading Adam “Baby” Driver, Just One Reason to see Logan Lucky
One Outta Three Ain’t Bad: Gilliam, Gillespie and LaGravenese
I attempted three movies in the last five days and only got through one…I know, rescind my film fanatic card. Ya see, I need some comedy in my life and that wasn’t going to happen in any way shape or form in The Last Five Years (LaGravense-a name that works-‘grave’) nor in Lars and The… Continue reading One Outta Three Ain’t Bad: Gilliam, Gillespie and LaGravenese
The Assassination of Jesse James: a History Lesson
I sought out The Assassination of Jesse James after being blown away by Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea. I was fully aware that Casey had ‘been around the block’, but hadn’t been able to suffer through the violent films he usually participated in. But first, do you ever wonder what happens to your… Continue reading The Assassination of Jesse James: a History Lesson
Baby Driver: Gentlemen, You Started My Engine!
And so it (finally) begins, an excellent summer movies season. First, Dinner with Beatrix and now BABY DRIVER. While not perfect, Baby Driver is excellent right up to the last ten minutes. But wait, this podcast is brought to you by Pete Ryckaert, a Rochester visitor who not only treated me to the movie, but… Continue reading Baby Driver: Gentlemen, You Started My Engine!