A MAN CALLED OVE Reviewed Nov08

A MAN CALLED OVE Reviewed

A Man Called Ove Written and Directed by Hannes Holm; based on the novel by Fredrick Backman Starring: Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars, Ida Engvoll Ove is a Swedish curmudgeon with OCD. Only the occasional person will bother to find the softy underneath. When the story opens, his wife has died and he is attempting to join her. If this sounds grim, it is in spots. But the grimness gives way to humor or sentiment quickly. And yet it never lets the story run away with it. A Man Called Ove is about as faithful to its source as any movie I’ve seen this year. It took the strengths of the book, cast it perfectly, and told the story efficiently and...

AMERICAN HONEY Reviewed Oct28

AMERICAN HONEY Reviewed

Written and Directed by Andrea Arnold Starring Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough Andrea Arnold’s American Honey brilliantly captures the aimless, lost generation now designated the millennials. This is a road picture that finds no romance on the road itself, but only in the gyrating bodies and music of a vagabond group of magazine salesmen lead by its quasi-cult leader, Krystal. We make the journey along with Star, a nineteen year old with no place to go and nothing to do although none of the dozen youth in her van sees life very differently. They are content to knock on doors by day and have sex, smoke pot, and dance at night....

THE GIRL ON A TRAIN Reviewed Oct21

THE GIRL ON A TRAIN Reviewed

Directed by Tate Taylor Written by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on the novel by Paula Hawkins Starring: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Alison Janney Because I went into the theater with such low expectations, my initial reaction to THE GIRL ON A TRAIN was it was better than the reviews. But in the five days since then, it’s become apparent that whatever suspense, characterization, and craft found in the book (I didn’t read it) was absent in the film.  When I tried to describe its strengths to some friends who were fans of the book, I came up short. In THE GIRL ON A TRAIN, we spend a lot...

AUTHOR-THE J.T. Leroy STORY Reviewed Oct10

AUTHOR-THE J.T. Leroy STORY Reviewed

AUTHOR-THE J.T. Leroy STORY Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig In 2006, the New York Times exposed the writer J.T. Leroy, author of Sarah and a volume of short stories, as a hoax. The work actually came from the pen of Laura Albert, a 40-year old sex phone operator. It seems rather harmless to have used a pen name, but the use of her sister-in-law as a public stand- in for years makes the hoax more complicated. This film, trusting again in the story presented by Albert, attempts to sort it out. This deception went on for about a decade and drew in luminaries such as Gus Van Sant, Courtney Love, Tom Waits and others. They all wanted to believe a...

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK-THE TOURING YEARS Reveiwed Oct01

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK-THE TOURING YEARS Reveiwed

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK-THE TOURING YEARS Directed by Ron Howard We saw the film at 10:30 am on a Monday morning. It had quite a large audience in the mid-sized multiplex theater–all people over sixty. People who remember the Beatles and people who were free at that time of day. EIGHT DAYS A WEEK looks at the first years of the BEATLES. Mostly the time between 1963 and 1966-the years when they toured. After 1966, they only did one additional concert and it was on the roof of their recording studio. The chaos was simply too great at the stadiums where their last concerts played. Scene after scene records the near escapes of the Beatles, the...