Gran Torino (2008) A Grizzled View On Race And Growth

Tightly scripted, a few stereotyped characters and a menacingly grizzly fraught Clint Eastwood character. Here the Gran Torino world exists.  Have we ever seen Eastwood smile on screen in his last few outings? He's pissed off at the world he lives in and in this character study film, we want to know why. Eastwood's Walt … Continue reading Gran Torino (2008) A Grizzled View On Race And Growth

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Magnolia (1999) A Powerful And Messy Orchestration Of Emotion

Sprawling, melodramatic, often pretentious and certainly overlong. Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia is the type of film that would have been a complete train wreck in the hands of a less talented filmmaker. However, guided by an auteur approaching his peak and featuring an outstanding ensemble cast, the film navigates these pitfalls and emerges as of … Continue reading Magnolia (1999) A Powerful And Messy Orchestration Of Emotion

The Devil Wears Prada (2006) “No, No. That Wasn’t A Question.”

RATING: 3/5 DIRECTOR: David Frankel A position at Runway fashion magazine is the  credit that you want on your CV and resume. Miranda Priestly (Streep) is the editor and needs a new personal assistant. A new journalist graduate in Andy Sachs (Hathaway) enters the scene as the naive newbie on the block. She's  the laughing … Continue reading The Devil Wears Prada (2006) “No, No. That Wasn’t A Question.”

The Notebook (2004) “A Timeless Love Story”

Tearjerker: a film that tugs on heart strings making its audience emotionally involved in major characters and plot points. A film that gives you goosebumps and that warm feeling in your soul. The Notebook definitely has those qualities in this Nick Cassavetes  directed film.  It is set in 1940s America and  stars Ryan Gosling as Noah … Continue reading The Notebook (2004) “A Timeless Love Story”

Predestination (2014) “The Paradox”

DIRECTORS:  The Sprierig brothers RATING: 3.5/5 There is always a sadness or regret with Sci-Fi time travel films and Predestination is no different.  In this film as an audience we are introduced to The Bartender (Hawke) who is a temporal agent stuck in a spin that can take him anywhere whether its 1960s, 1970s, 1980s.  … Continue reading Predestination (2014) “The Paradox”

The Two Minute Bio: Alfred Hitchcock

Born in London on August 13, 1899, Alfred Hitchcock worked for a short time in engineering before entering the film industry in 1920. He left for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film, Rebecca, won an Academy Award for best picture. Hitchcock created more than 50 films, including the classics Rear Window, The 39 Steps and Psycho. Nicknamed the … Continue reading The Two Minute Bio: Alfred Hitchcock

The Dark Crystal (1982) “Henson’s Dark Masterpiece”

DIRECTORS: Jim Henson and Frank Oz RATING: 4.5/5 The 1980’s were something of a Golden Age for fantasy films. Although constrained by the technological limitations of the day, the makers of these films swung for the fences. Nothing encapsulates this better than The Dark Crystal. The film takes place in a world thrown out of balance … Continue reading The Dark Crystal (1982) “Henson’s Dark Masterpiece”

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

DIRECTOR:  John Frankenheimer GUEST BLOGGER:  Vaughan  Tales of chaotic productions and catastrophic flops remain irresistible to film buffs, arguably more so than famous successes, and few films have illustrated this better than “The Island Of Dr. Moreau”. More than twenty years after its release the film continues to be a fixture of “Worst films of … Continue reading The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

I, Tonya (2018) A look at how the story is told.

DIRECTOR: Craig Gillespsie RATING: 3/5 Some people in the millennial age bracket won't have one clue who Tonya Harding is and her notoriety. If you fall in that age bracket then  buy the ticket and come back to this blog as there's a couple of spoilers below. This film takes you on a thrill ride of … Continue reading I, Tonya (2018) A look at how the story is told.

Stand By Me (1986) “Truth From Twelve Year Old Minds.”

DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner RATING: 5/5 Stand By Me is a film that has been cast well, it strikes all the right notes comically, emotionally, and understands the story it wants to tell.  The film builds on nostalgic reflection as an adult writer thinks to his teenage years. The four stars at the beginning of their young … Continue reading Stand By Me (1986) “Truth From Twelve Year Old Minds.”