Criterion Fun: Small, Medium & Large

Thanks to my sweet son Liam, I have the Criterion Channel for a few months. Thus far, I’ve had a lot of entertainment! One small piece, meaning time wise, was Scorsese’s American Boy: The Steven Prince Story. Steven Prince is a wiry Jewish man from NYC who became buddies with Scorsese back in the 70’s… Continue reading Criterion Fun: Small, Medium & Large

Killers of the Flower Moon: About Damn Time

With appreciation to Lizzo for the song title “About Damn Time”, the title fits this review in two ways. First and and foremost, God bless David Grann who wrote the original book and Martin Scorsese for adapting it with Eric Roth. Even more so, to decide instead of a police/FBI procedural to depict the interior… Continue reading Killers of the Flower Moon: About Damn Time

Ironically Not a Marvel, The Irishman

a brother-sister dynamics film

Dear Mr. Scorsese, You had me at ‘Marvel movies are not films’ having seen my share of 6 minute CGI’d super hero vs. villain fight scenes, HOWEVER, if you’re going to throw stones, check out your house’s (in this case The Irishman) exterior first, because honey, you need an editor who can be Frank who’s… Continue reading Ironically Not a Marvel, The Irishman

Whole Hog on Hogg

I’ve now watched all four of Joanna Hogg’s films. Here they are from most recent to oldest: The Souvenir 2019 Exhibition 2013 Archipelago 2010 Unrelated 2007 originally, made a USA splash in 2014 And here’s what I have to say first. It’s a sad state of affairs, when lesser movies like Assayas’ Non-Fiction get more… Continue reading Whole Hog on Hogg

Roger Ebert “Life Itself”

I tend toward constant vacillation (and I say that chagrined, not bragging) so I really wanted to see Life Itself when the doc news was first revealed. But typically, in the lag time between announcing and screening, I started to dread the gruesome medical procedure discussed by the director on an NPR feature. Yet, I… Continue reading Roger Ebert “Life Itself”

Sophie Fienne’s Documentary “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology”

What’s not to like about Slavoj’s Zizek’s “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology” (available on Netflix) which had its Rochester, New York premier at the majestic George Eastman House Dryden Theater on May 17th? And yet how do I impart the vast knowledge that Sociology and Psychology Scholar Zizek imparted in his two hour plus documentary?… Continue reading Sophie Fienne’s Documentary “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology”