Film Review: BLACK SEA Feb27

Film Review: BLACK SEA

BLACK SEA Directed by Kevin Macdonald Written by Dennis Kelly Starring: Jude Law This is a tidy little suspense film that might be missed by people who may like it. We were pleasantly surprised at how nicely it filled a February afternoon. Jude Law (in a very good performance) plays a Captain Robinson, a fellow whose been put out to pasture by the salvage company he works for. He and two friends are approached about salvaging treasure from a German U-boat that has been undersea since WW II, full of Russian gold bullion intended to buy off Nazi aggression. Robinson puts together his team and it’s not long before things go awry on the...

Film Review: TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT Feb20

Film Review: TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT

Two Days, One Night Written and Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Starring Marion Cotillard, Fabrizo Rongione The plot is simple. A woman loses her job when her fellow employees are persuaded they will not get their bonus unless a job is eliminated and she is the suggested sacrificial lamb. Complicating this situation is her recent bout of hospitalization for depression. A friend and co-worker persuades their manager to retake the vote on Monday morning. Cotillard has two days and one night to persuade a majority of workers to vote to lose their bonus in favor of her retention. With her husband hovering nearby, she goes to one house...

Film Review: A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Feb13

Film Review: A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

A Most Violent Year Written and Directed by J.C Chandor Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks In 1981, there were 2166 murders in New York City. (In comparison, 2013 had 648.) New York suffered from mob violence, gang violence, dirty politicians, and the streets were grimy from a trash strike. John Lennon had been gunned down the year before. People were on edge. Politicians called for various measures–one was cracking down on illegal activity. Abel Morales (Isaac) is an immigrant who had managed to seize the American dream by purchasing a heating oil business. He’s trying to operate a legitimate...

Film Review: SELMA Feb06

Film Review: SELMA

Selma Director: Ava DuVernay Written by Paul Webb Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Lorraine Toussaint Dylan Baker, Wendell Pierce, Tim Roth, Stephen Root SELMA chronicles Martin Luther King’s crusade to secure equal voting rights for African-Americans in 1965. Attempts by black people to vote were being denied by many Southern states through strageies such as requiring them to recite the preamble to the Constitution, naming every Alabama judge, paying poll taxes and other reprehensible impediments to their civil rights. King goes to President Johnson and is told that this issue will...

Film Review: FORCE MAJEURE Jan23

Film Review: FORCE MAJEURE

Force Majeure Written and Directed by Ruben Ostlund Starring: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Kongsli A Swedish family is on a ski vacation. They are enjoying lunch at an outdoor restaurant when it appears that an avalanche is rushing toward them. The father (Johannes Kuhnke) tells the family it is a controlled avalanche but moments later changes his mind, picks up his cell phone, and takes off. His wife (Kongsli) stays with the children under their table. (This was an extremely frightening scene, beautifully put together). Two things happen as a result of this incident: the father cannot admit he ran away and his wife cannot let go of both his...