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...

Film Review: THE WOLFPACK Jun27

Film Review: THE WOLFPACK

THE WOLFPACK Directed by Crystal Moselle Certainly everyone is familiar with THE WOLFPACK’s premise by now. A few years back, documentary film maker, Crystal Moselle, ran into one of the Angulo brothers wandering the streets near their housing project in lower Manhattan. The six Angulo brothers (and their one sister) had spent their entire lives locked in a tiny apartment by their father, Oscar, sometimes only leaving their apartment once a year. His wife, Suzanne, was also a victim of his paranoid delusions (or excessive need for power) that they were safer there. To occupy themselves, the boys watched the over 5000 videos, Oscar...

Film Review: LOVE & MERCY Jun19

Film Review: LOVE & MERCY

LOVE & MERCY Directed by Bill Pohlad Written by Oren Moverman and Michael Lerner Starring: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel Full disclosure. I am not a fan of biopics–there’s little room for art or an artistic vision. The most successful ones seem to be about men/woman of action. Dramatization of political campaigns or wars or dramatizations of true crimes usually are usually the most satisfying for me. Music biopics can work if the music is plentiful and the life is rough (WALK THE LINE or LA VIE EN ROSE).  LOVE & MERCY would seem to fall into that category and parts of this film did...

Film Review: THE CONNECTION Jun12

Film Review: THE CONNECTION

THE CONNECTION Directed by Cedric Jimenez and Shannon Harvey Written by Cedric Jimenez and Audrey Diwan Starring: Jean Dijardin and Giles Lellouche THE CONNECTION is loosely based on the true story of a judge in Marseille who became obsessed with taking down a heroin kingpin. There is little overlap in this film and the 40 year old US film, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, although they are parts of the same story. This one closely follows the true events in France. And whereas TFC seemed to revel in its action, this one uses it sparingly. What it plays out to be is a game of cat and mouse between the judge, charged with taking Zampa down, played by...

Film Review: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA May29

Film Review: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA Written and Directed by Oliver Assayas Starring: Juliet Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloe Grace Moretz I was planning to review the new AVENGERS movie but after seeing it, decided that there was no sense spoiling it with faint praise (at best) for those who wanted to see it. So instead, an art movie, which few of you will probably have access to or care to see. Juliet Binoche plays Maria Anders, a seasoned actress who is asked to star in a play. It’s a revival of a play where she had the ingénue role many years earlier. Now she will play the older female role and Chloe Grace Moretz will play the part she once played...

Film Review: MAD MAX – FURY ROAD May22

Film Review: MAD MAX – FURY ROAD

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Directed by George Miller Written by George Miller and Brendan McCarthy Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult It is quite an achievement for a director to come back thirty years later and make a sequel that takes every strength in his original film and raises the bar. Figuring out how to use the technology that has been developed in the meantime is in itself amazing. Although I am sure Miller had ample help with this, he had to incorporate it into his vision of the film. It’s hard to imagine a better action film this summer. Or in many summers. And I am not generally a fan of such films, although I...