Corsage: Screenplay copyright check in aisle 3

I took the plunge with Corsage, but it wasn’t easy. In fact, the Corsage movie experience was exactly how I behave when I enter a pool: toe dip, cringe, ‘it’s cold’, ankle, cringe, shin, cringe, torso, cringe, breasts…primal scream…you get the message. My Corsage cringes came in waves, regarding how similar the screenplay story is… Continue reading Corsage: Screenplay copyright check in aisle 3

The Whale Nudges its Way into My Top Ten

If you hated Whale, consider that real things happen to real people; not pretty actors, but real people. And consider that some folks are irrevocably broken, so does that mean their story is not worthy of being told? I wrestled with where to put The Whale in my Top Ten. I had fun trying to… Continue reading The Whale Nudges its Way into My Top Ten

Call Jane Makes 2022 Look Almost Utopian

I sometimes lament our 2022 technology obsessed culture, but 1968, to borrow a phrase from a former colleague of mine, was no Swiss picnic. Racial strife and the constrictive gender roles look so dystopian and are the key topics of Call Jane, Phyllis Nagy’s first feature film. The screenwriters Hayley Schore and Roshan Sheti need… Continue reading Call Jane Makes 2022 Look Almost Utopian

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952): Nothin’ But (No) Net

The Greatest Show on Earth was yet another gaping hole in my classic film viewing. After seeing Singing in the Rain and aghast that it hadn’t won Best Picture, I decided now was the time to see what was victor. And TGSOE was the 1952 Oscar winning film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. At over… Continue reading The Greatest Show on Earth (1952): Nothin’ But (No) Net

A Kiss (vintage 59) is Not Just a Kiss (circa 1983)

Fortunate enough to watch two and two-thirds classic movies on what I’ll call Ash (Blonde*) at Burns Court Theater; North By Northwest (Hitchcock 1959) and The Natural (Levinson 1983). First, an aphrodisiac about the films as a whole. I’ve seen North By Northwest before and the movie encompasses limitless viewing. This time I kept my… Continue reading A Kiss (vintage 59) is Not Just a Kiss (circa 1983)

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Sigourney & Kevin in a Well Built Real Estate Flick

Darker than Larry Crowne (2011), The Good House (directed by the married team of Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky who co-wrote in a threesome with Thomas Bezucha (Let Him Go) is a solid dramedy starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline. Biased with a long running man crush on Kevin Kline, I don’t think anyone would… Continue reading Sigourney & Kevin in a Well Built Real Estate Flick

I’m no Rihanna, but here’s my Movie Season Half-Time Show

This is possibly the slowest movie season in all of history which has to do with post Covid, cancel culture, and just the normal pre-autmumnal desert. Here’s my picks for the movie season thus far (not in any order): 1. Top Gun Maverick: say what you will about it being Tom Cruise schlock, dog gone… Continue reading I’m no Rihanna, but here’s my Movie Season Half-Time Show