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Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

January 13, 2014 No Comments

It is impossible to complete a valid “Best Movies of 2014” without a screening of  “Inside LLewyn Davis” the newest film by the prolific Coen Brothers. LLweyn Davis (played by a mesmerizing Oscar Issac) is a sad-eyed folk singer, struggling to “make it” in the nascent folk movement.  Talented, but angry and self absorbed, Davis […]

Philomena

Philomena

January 5, 2014 5 Comments

I had not planned to see Stephen Frear’s “Philomena.” The trailer, which played for months, showed Judi Densch and Steve Cooper teamed up in a sort of odd-ball Irish road movie that seemed to enjoy the “inside joke” of elderly frumpy meeting  sarcastic witty way more than I thought that I would. But it was […]

American Hustle

American Hustle

December 28, 2013 3 Comments

David O. Russell scores BIG with his newest film ” American Hustle,”  a delicious romp with a captivating script, a  stellar cast, great music AND (unlike Silver Linings Playbook) enough genuine heart to anchor it in real emotions. Set in the 70’s, Russell uses the backdrop of the ABSCAM scandal to create a story large […]

Nebraska

Nebraska

December 8, 2013 3 Comments

Nebraska is a perfect film. “Arghh!” you are probably saying:  such claims MUST be reserved for masterpiece creations that are universally acclaimed/revered and have already withstood the scrutiny of decades of film criticism.  David Denby of the New Yorker didn’t even LIKE this film (although I would suggest that he didn’t really GET this film).  Even […]

Parkland

Parkland

November 23, 2013 1 Comment

Today is the 5oth anniversary of the death of President Kennedy. It’s an event that those of us remember, even as very young children, with crystal clear traumatized memory. What does a movie have to offer in circumstances like this? I am watching the film Parkland as I write this.  Director Peter Landerman’s  cinematic efforts […]

Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave

November 10, 2013 4 Comments

What is the most compelling way to make a movie about slavery? Is is trivializing to make such a film?  Is the purpose enlightenment or entertainment?  Does it matter?  Quentin Tarantino used witty reparte, irony and cartoon-like violence in “Django UnChanged.”   The result polarized its audience, but won Oscars. Director Steve McQueen (British born) has […]

All is Lost

All is Lost

November 6, 2013 No Comments

All is Lost. J.C. Chandor’s silently riveting film about a man (Robert Redford) battling the unyielding forces of nature aboard a sailing yacht following a mishap lives up to its title. Redford is the only character in the film.  There is no backstory.   There are no flashbacks to connect us to his past.  He does […]

Computer Chess

Computer Chess

October 19, 2013 No Comments

Geeks and nerds of the world unite!!!!!! Computer Chess is director Andrew Bujalski’s trippy return to the 1980’s when computers were clunky boxes  existing only in the domain of a few socially-challenged eggheads from MIT or CalTech.  Buljalski tells his tale of a three day “tournament” which draws a group of uber nerds exploring the possibility […]

Gravity

Gravity

October 7, 2013 No Comments

There are moments in Alfonso Cuaron’s new 3-D space story “Gravity”  that are pure magic:  the vastness of space and the splendor of our own Earth suspended in that space are the bookends for our protagonist astronauts (“reel” stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney),  introduced to us as spacewalkers tinkering with the equipment on the […]

The Butler

The Butler

September 17, 2013 No Comments

Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” is an important film.  It has been labeled  “sanctimonious cartoon,”  “sentimental claptrap” and “feel good film for white elists.”   Who said making movies about race AND slavery in America was supposed to be easy? Director Lee Daniels (remember “Precious”?) adapts the story of Eugene Allan, a black man who literally served […]

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