Film Review: MR. HOLMES Jul24

Film Review: MR. HOLMES

Mr. Holmes Director: Bill Condon Writing: Mitch Cullin (Novel “A Slight Trick Of The Mind”) | Jeffrey Hatcher (Screenplay) Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker Now in his nineties. Sherlock Holmes is mostly focused on the care and study of bees in his home in Cornwall. Bees, and the two cases that came late in his life and that he regards as failures. Oh, and a little boy that shares his aptitude and interest. Most of the people from his youthful years have dispersed or died and he is a lonely man, increasingly showing signs of frailty and dementia. If time and his mind allow, he would like to solve these final...

Film Review: INFINITELY POLAR Jul17

Film Review: INFINITELY POLAR

INFINITELY POLAR Written and Directed by Maya Forbes Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide For the first time, looking at the cast above, I see why Hollywood used to make movie stars change their names. INFINITELY POLAR is based on Forbes’ childhood, much of it spent with a bi-polar father in charge of the household. Ruffalo plays the bi-polar father who has spent time in institutions. When his allowance (wealthy grandmother) isn’t enough to support his family, his wife decides to return to school and puts him in charge of his two daughters, many miles away from the school she attends. She...

Film Review: THE OVERNIGHT Jul10

Film Review: THE OVERNIGHT

THEE OVERNIGHT Written and Directed by Patrick Brice Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott and Judith Godreche More an extended sketch than a movie, OVERNIGHT tells the tale of a couple (Schilling and Scott) new to the area who accept an offer for a “get to know you dinner” made by a man (Schwartzman) they meet in a playground and get more than they bargained for. Schwarzman and Godreche live in a mansion with amenities paid for by his water filtering process. Drugs and booze push the foursome into some odd situations that are mildly shocking and even less than mildly amusing. Truthfully, I see more edgy...

Film Review: I’ll See You in My Dreams Jul03

Film Review: I’ll See You in My Dreams

“I’ll See You in My Dreams” Directed by Brett Haley Written by Marc Basch, Brett Haley Starring: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place, June Squibb Carol is a long-time widow living out the last decades of her life, enjoying only the company of her three friends and her beloved dog. The movie explores in a gentle, respectful way why this is the case and asks the question: can her situation be changed? It is well-acted, well-made but a tad too familiar for a big screen movie. We have seen it before with Meryl Streep or Diane Keaton playing this part. However, the theater was filled with...

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott Jul01

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott

“Why Do You Write Such Dark Stories” by Patti Abbott Whenever I spend an evening with friends familiar with my stories, this question often arises. “You seem like a happy person,” and they usually go on to say. “Was your childhood difficult?” Um, no. And I can’t really give a definitive answer to the question. Is it true even? Are my stories all dark? I paged through a list of stories I’ve published over 15 years and I find I have finished people off in many odd ways: a woman pushed off a boat into a melting ice floe in Alaska; death due to a collapsed ceiling; becoming part of a cello;...