Category Archives: Film

So-So About La La Land

La La Land is presented in Cinemascope, the definitive wide open, space-forever film format. It struck me as odd that the film opens on an LA freeway where the cars are bumper-to-bumper, with everyone stuck in their vehicles in the … Continue reading

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Coolest Cape Ever: Doctor Strange

Wanna get away? I doubt I’m the only one who feels the need for escape from our current political reality. Dear friends, for the price of a ticket, you can take a short trip to a superbly entertaining movie universe … Continue reading

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Carol: The Price of Salt

There is an undeniable aura about Carol, an elegance and mystery that wafts around her like the perfume she wears. Sitting in a darkened movie house, watching Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird, I was never able to inhale the fragrance … Continue reading

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Best and Worst Movies of 2015

Just so you know, I’m the only one voting, and my totally diverse self came up with these ten flicks: Best Comedy: Trainwreck This is comedy with a heart. Amy Schumer plays a woman committed to booze, pills, and one-night … Continue reading

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The original “Secret” is the one to see

Can you imagine remaking David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia? Could there be a better Lawrence than Peter O’Toole? Could anyone match Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, or Anthony Quinn, who played alongside O’Toole? Here are my answers to those three questions: … Continue reading

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Woman in Gold: One Woman, All Humanity

I’m a movie-goer, not a movie critic. My criteria for what makes a fine film is simple. I ask these questions: Did it move me? Did it cause me to feel, to care? After seeing Woman in Gold, the answer … Continue reading

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PRIDE: Unlikely Allies

At the end of Pride, there is a dedication from Matthew Warchus, the director: “This film is dedicated to my father…who taught me compassion (and comedy).” If I had only two words to describe the rough beauty of this wonderful … Continue reading

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Movies and A Story

I keep wanting to write about certain movies, but don’t have the time as yet to give them the kind of detail and attention they deserve. The only movies I can give short shrift to are the ones I hated. … Continue reading

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Words and Pictures

Directed by Fred Schepisi, with a screenplay by Gerald DiPago, Words and Pictures is a smart, satisfying film about two interesting people, each one facing a critical turning point in their respective lives. Clive Owen plays Jack Marcus, a poet … Continue reading

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My 2013 Movies, Part II: The Good, Bad, Sad, and Beautiful

The “Beautiful” above refers to one single scene in GRAVITY—not to the whole movie—but I like the almost–spaghetti western rhythm of the title, and Sandra Bullock, when you finally get to see her sans space suit, is certainly beautiful. GOOD … Continue reading

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