GREEN ROOM Reviewed May27

GREEN ROOM Reviewed

Green Room Written and Directed by Jeremy Saulnier Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogene Poots, Patrick Stewart A punk rock band (The Ain’t Rights) have had no success, but when they are offered a gig in the woods of Oregon, they take it. The gig is at a dive bar and before they leave, one of the band members sees something he shouldn’t and phones the cops. Surprisingly adept at covering up their crimes , the bar personnel move quickly to imprison the band, led by the head honcho, Patrick Stewart. This is a film you will either fall in with and love or not. I did not. Although it was effective, intelligent, and well made, I...

SING STREET Reviewed May20

SING STREET Reviewed

SING STREET Written and Directed by John Carney Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Raynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen Much in the vein of Carney’s earlier pictures (ONCE and BEGIN AGAIN), but also reminiscent of the fantastic, THE COMMITMENTS, SING STREET is another version of the classic teenage story–starting a band. And in this case, the initial impetus for Conor’s interest (Peelo) is the delightful, Raphina (Boynton), who waits fetchingly on steps across from the school. How better to impress a girl who’s born to model in the rock videos of the eighties. Conor’s is a rough school run by...

SUNSET SONG Reviewed May13

SUNSET SONG Reviewed

Sunset Song Directed by Terence Davies Written by Terence Davies based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon Starring: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Tavendale, Daniela Nardini Sunset Song is a classic in Scottish literature. It took a director very sure of himself to adhere so closely to both the text and the style of film-making that would render it authentic. This makes for some slow patches, but there was no other way to tell the story. Written in 1932, it traces the life of a Scottish farm girl from 1910 until the end of the first World War. Hers is not an easy life and her vicissitudes are painful to watch. An abusive father has a...

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING Reviewed May06

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING Reviewed

A Hologram for the King Directed by Tom Tykwer Written: Book: Dave Eggers; Screenplay Tom Tykwer Starring: Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury Tom Hanks plays Alan, a U.S. business man in Saudi Arabia trying to sell the King of the KSA an IT system featuring holograms. The movie details the troubles he has in just finding the king much less in selling him his system. But more than that, this is a fish out of water story, reminding me of the great Scottish film, LOCAL HERO. It doesn’t have the humor of that classic, but it does have a terrific performance by Tom Hanks, for whom nothing goes right. This would especially include...

2016 TCM Classic Film Festival details Apr27

2016 TCM Classic Film Festival details

Crime fans will fine a number of things to be excited about with this years TCM Classic Film Festival. It has been announced that Oscar Winner Faye Dunaway will be attending the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place in Hollywood April 28 – May 1, to participate in a sit-down interview about her life and celebrated career in front of a live audience of festival passholders at the The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre. In addition to the interview, Dunaway will be on-hand to introduce a screening of Network (1976), for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress. In addition to Dunaway, director John Singleton will be there for the 25th...

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Reviewed Apr22

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Reviewed

Midnight Special Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher Jeff Nichols is the director of three of my favorite movies over the last few years: SHOTGUN STORIES, TAKE SHELTER and MUD. All of them feature father/child relationships and MIDNIGHT SPECIAL carries that theme to its most poignant conclusion. Two parents (Shannon and Dunst) have an ill child who also has some otherworldly gifts. Not knowing what to make of his “gifts” they have handed him over to a cult (think FLDS) who believes him to be an important harbinger of the second...