Film Review: TOP FIVE Dec19

Film Review: TOP FIVE

TOP FIVE Written and Directed by Chris Rock Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle union, J. B. Smoove, Kevin Hart A few years ago, Chris Rock made an insightful movie called BAD HAIR. It looked at the impact that white culture’s ideas of beauty has on African-Americans, especially where hair is concerned. It was funny but also pithy. In that film, he served as the narrator rather than a character, a role that worked better for him. The same humor and pithyness is true with TOP FIVE, which also has some common plotting with the recent BIRDMAN. In both films, the stars (Keaton and Rock) have made their reputation from playing...

Film Review: INTERSTELLAR Dec12

Film Review: INTERSTELLAR

INTERSTELLAR Directed by Christopher Nolan Written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan Starring: Matthew McConaughey, MacKenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck In the near future, Earth is quickly being destroyed by an environmental cataclysm. Corn is about the only crop left and signs point to its coming demise. Coop(McConaughey), a former astronaut during the time when Earth had a space program, is living on a farm with his two teenagers and his father-in-law (Lithgow). Dust storms are commonplace occurrences and there are few signs humankind can long endure. In the first hour, we are given a...

Film Review: THE BARABOOK Dec05

Film Review: THE BARABOOK

THE BABADOOK Written and Directed by Jennifer Kent Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhney Based on her short film, MONSTER, Jennifer Kent was able raise the money for her first feature through grants from the Australian government and kickstarter. THE BABADOOK went on to become a great favorite at Sundance last spring, and it now appears to be headed for a wider release, although it is also available ON DEMAND. Amelia’s (Davis) son, Samuel (Wiseman) was born on the day her husband was killed driving her to the hospital. She continues to mourn him, seven years on, and perhaps this grief has contributed to Samuel’s difficulties....

Film Review: WHIPLASH Nov28

Film Review: WHIPLASH

WHIPLASH Directed by Damien Chazelle Written by Damien Chazelle Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist WHIPLASH tells the story of Andrew Neyman, (Teller) an 18 year old jazz drummer studying at a prestigious music academy and the teacher (Simmons) that discovers him, mentors him, and nearly drives him out of music as well as his mind. Although there are scenes with his father (Reiser) and a potential love interest (Benoist) the film is largely a pas de deux between student and teacher. What might seem to be a traditional coach/student plot was elevated by a number of things. The student ‘s obsession for his art,...

Film Review: BIRDMAN Nov21

Film Review: BIRDMAN

BIRDMAN Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Written b y Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Nicholas Giacabone, Armando Bo Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Zach Galifianakes I guess it’s no secret that Michael Keaton has struggled for some years now in finding a vehicle worthy of his talents. He came out of nowhere thirty years ago to make NIGHT SHIFT and MR. MOM. Here and there over those years, we find him in a film like BEETLEJUICE or in smaller parts in OUT OF SIGHT and JACKIE BROWN. But on the whole, he has to be disappointed in his filmography. BIRDMAN changes all that by giving Keaton a part...