THE LOBSTER Reviewed Jun24

THE LOBSTER Reviewed

The Lobster Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos Written by Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw The Lobster is the first English-speaking film by the Greek director, Yorgos Lanthimos. Looking at descriptions of two of his earlier works, The Alps and Dogtooth, his mindset becomes clear. He deals with the absurd but only in service of a sharp critique of modern society. In The Alps people impersonate recently dead people to soothe the bereaved. In Dogtooth, children are kept from society until their dogtooth comes in. In The Lobster, unmarried people are given a period of time at a...

WEINER Reviewed Jun17

WEINER Reviewed

WEINER Written and Directed by John Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg Anthony Weiner was an up and coming Congressman from New York City when he was literally caught with his pants down texting and sexting his genitals to women. He was one of the original politicians whose apology and subsequent resignation was filmed with his wife standing by his side. In his case, his wife, Huma Abedin was a top-ranking figure in the Hillary Clinton office, which complicates the film nicely. The film picks up when Weiner decides to make a run for the empty mayoral seat in 2013. It follows him throughout the campaign, its ups and downs, and subsequent...

My Five (actually Six) Favorite Novels Set In Detr...

My Six Favorite Novels Set in Detroit (or near Detroit) 1. THE DOLLMAKER, Harriet Arnow (1954) an immediate popular and critical success, THE DOLLMAKER tells the devastating story of a Kentucky family that moves north to reap the riches of the factories going up in Detroit. This book is due for another resurrection, which it enjoyed about 25 years ago when Jane Fonda starred in the TV version of it. Gertie Nevells makes a compelling hero. 2. CITY PRIMEVAL, Elmore Leonard. (!980) As with Loren Estleman, there are so many books from which to choose. With his usual flair for dialog and unerring sense of place, Leonard tells the amusing and...

THE MEDDLER Reviewed Jun03

THE MEDDLER Reviewed

THE MEDDLER Written and Directed by Lorene Scaofaria Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons Well, you can file this film along with HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS, as a half-hearted attempt by Hollywood to generate some ticket sales from the over-sixty woman (and perhaps the man she drags along). The movie is so tepid, so generic, so soft-focused, it was hard to stay awake. The sole interest was in wondering how Susan Sarandon managed to look 45 at 70. Surgery, good DNA, good cameraman, good lens? I don’t know. When her husband dies, The Meddler (Sarandon), moves west to be with her daughter (Bryne) in California. Yes, she does...

GREEN ROOM Reviewed May27

GREEN ROOM Reviewed

Green Room Written and Directed by Jeremy Saulnier Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogene Poots, Patrick Stewart A punk rock band (The Ain’t Rights) have had no success, but when they are offered a gig in the woods of Oregon, they take it. The gig is at a dive bar and before they leave, one of the band members sees something he shouldn’t and phones the cops. Surprisingly adept at covering up their crimes , the bar personnel move quickly to imprison the band, led by the head honcho, Patrick Stewart. This is a film you will either fall in with and love or not. I did not. Although it was effective, intelligent, and well made, I...