IT Review Sep14

IT Review

  IT Director: Andy Muschietti Writer: Gary Dauberman, et al.   THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS     IT stays true to the spirit of the original Stephen King novel. I’ve loved King since I was seventeen years old.  IT was one of at least ten King novels I read during my senior year of high school.  When I say that IT stays true to the source material, that’s the highest praise I can give. Not all of the scenes from the book occur in the same way.  The scares are different, the monsters are different, and the time period is different.  But the feeling of camaraderie in the Loser’s Club, the us against the world vibe, the strength they draw from...

WONDER WOMAN Movie Review Jun01

WONDER WOMAN Movie Review

Wonder Woman I really like Wonder Woman a lot, as I wrote about HERE Just back from the opening night of Wonder Woman and I loved every minute of the film. From the opening with Diana getting a package from a friend and then fading to her origin to the very end of the movie with her jumping into action again. Lilly Aspell played Diana as a child and was so good, her posture and expressions foreshadow who she will become. I also loved Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta, strong and wise and regal. Robin Wright was Diana’s Aunt, Antiope and played the role beautifully. The Diana becoming Wonder Woman part was a nice blend of things taken from the...

Stephen King’s IT – Trailer And Some Thoughts Mar30

Stephen King’s IT – Trailer And Some T...

I first read Stephen King’s IT in paperback when it first came out. I called in sick to work so I could finish it in one sitting. Of all the King books I think this one is my favorite, in part because of the great relationship among the kids who feel like misfits, Most of us at some point shared the feeling of not belonging or of being scared so it resonates. I also loved the ageless horror of the monster and the way the book gave us history of it.  All in all one of my all time favorite reading experiences. In 1990 the book was made into a TV mini series.I was skeptical having seen enough adaptations fall flat. But a mini series made...

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....

LIVE BY NIGHT:   Lehane-based drama to get limited Dec 25 release Oct24

LIVE BY NIGHT: Lehane-based drama to get limited D...

Somebody wants more awards. In a move designed to qualify for 2016 awards, Warner Bros has announced that LIVE BY NIGHT, the Ben Affleck directed Dennis Lehane drama, will have a limited release on December 25th. The nation wide release will remain Jan. 13. Interestingly enough, the 25th had previously been set for the national release, only to be pushed back into January. “Live by Night” is set in the roaring `20s when Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve and Joe Coughlin, the son of the...