(Write to me your comments and opinions at firstname.lastname@example.org) I did something I rarely do Friday when I chose walking out of Nightmare Alley over hari kari (now the latter would have been a carnival side show!). Just depression with all caps with zero chemistry between Mara and Cooper, as well as zippo for Cooper… Continue reading Chemistry Counts: Guillermo No, Steven, Yes Sir!
I don’t read any reviews before I see a film and have written the review. That statement is mostly true; I read the last paragraph of AO Scott’s Annette review, dying to know what my son and I were in for. Hence, how and why Adam Driver is staring at me, from the accompanying photo… Continue reading Adam Driver is staring at me: Annette
I remember seeing my first Fred Astaire movie, simply in awe at the dancing prowess, not just of ‘the man’, but all the dancers moving in perfect synchronicity. So how refreshing, but not surprised considering my adoration for Hamilton, to be super moved by the dancing in Quiara Alegria Hudes and Linn-Manuel Miranda’s play and… Continue reading ITH:Finally, a musical extravaganza like the old days!
Dear Emilio, First, let me say you should have been nominated for best screenplay, director AND actor for The Way. You’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for that poignant father son film. On the lighter side, I enjoyed your work in The Stakeout, as sweet as the Bubble Yum gum I devoured… Continue reading The Public: Important Conceptually; But Cinematically? Well….
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
La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle, was a fine film, but I can’t help but feel nostalgia for the power of his ‘Whiplash’ or even the rapture of a similar love story musical ‘Moulin Rouge’. So, let me complain first. The first two musical scenes needed to be combined or shortened. Dancers in a… Continue reading Great Cake, Too Much Frosting: “La La Land”