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

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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.”

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”

Into The Wild (2007) “Wisdom from a 20 year old Jesus?”

DIRECTOR: Sean Penn RATING: 4/5 It's a joy to re watch a film and have it providing you something new upon another viewing. Sean Penn's Into The Wild  provides you that satisfaction in this thoughtful film. This film follows the true story of Christopher McCandless (Hirsch),  a university graduate who decides to go on "The Great … Continue reading Into The Wild (2007) “Wisdom from a 20 year old Jesus?”

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.”

Boyhood (2014) “A Divorced Parents Reference Guide”

DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater RATING: 5/5 Film can be more than moving, it can give you an experience  where you contemplate your own experiences and perspective of the world. It can shift your thinking and way of life. In Linklater's film you watch a drama that is relevant to any 21st century family whether it be … Continue reading Boyhood (2014) “A Divorced Parents Reference Guide”

Gone Baby Gone (2007) “Right Versus Wrong?”

DIRECTOR: Ben Affleck RATING: 3.5/5 Casey Affleck has won acclaim by winning the Best Actor Oscar for Manchester By The Sea (2016), and critical acclaim in other roles like I'm Not There and Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Casey Affleck, the younger brother of Ben Affleck has a quiet pathos and genuinity  in his acting that … Continue reading Gone Baby Gone (2007) “Right Versus Wrong?”