Talent, Training, & Chemistry Can Overcome All: A Star Is Born

It would be easy to raise the question: why create another remake of the film A Star is Born? The 1937 version (Janet Gaynor, Frederich March), and the 1954 version ( Judy Garland, James Mason) are of Academy Award linage and as view-able today as when released. The 1976 version (Barbara Streisand, Kris Kristofferson) […]

A Champion Maybe, A Winner For Sure: Bohemian Rhapsody

The music group Queen made its mark with an uncanny number of Anthem type songs at the height of Stadium Rock and Roll in the later 1970’s and 1980’s. We Are Champions, Another One Bites The Dust and other Queen songs play at sporting events to this day.

Bohemian Rhapsody the Brian Singer (The […]

First Man is Grade A

It takes great talent and skill to tell a story we think we already know with an outcome that is also believed to be well known and make it compelling. With the film First Man Director, Damien Chazelle (AA Whiplash, 10 Cloverfield Lane, AA La La Land) demonstrates he has the talent and skill […]

The Choices We Make In Life: The Wife

Viewing the film The Wife is like watching a superb stage play with legendary lead actors afforded unrestricted freedom to perform their role to “A” Game level. Glenn Close (The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction) and Jonathan Pryce (Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies, Game of Thrones) are the lead actors in The Wife and […]

A Film With Which to Laugh, Call Foul, and Most Likely Both at the Same Time: Vice

The Biography, Comedy, Drama, and Satire (BCDS) known as Vice is a really, really good film. In order to be a great film Vice Writer\Director Adam McKay (AA The Big Short, Anchorman) would have had to remove one or two of the aforementioned aspects or spent more time crafting Vice before its release. I […]

Straddling The Line with Great Effect Again: BlacKkKlansman

With respect to general audiences, Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Clockers, Inside Man) has made a career being provocative, not crossing over the line, and not selling out. Lee is a vocal and animated teller of american stories about people usually mired in the system (e.g., race, gender, education, occupation, location) who are […]

A Heist From a Different Mold: Widows

I like Heist movies – a lot. I like the big noisy kind such as The Town, the predictable, such as the Italian Job (both versions) and sometimes the star vehicles such as Ocean’s [enter number in the series here].

My favorite Heist type films are the ones with less a violence and more […]

A Brilliant Exposition of American Life: The Rider

 

The Rider by Chloe Zhao tells the story of the hard-scrabble life of rodeo riders on a South Dakota reservation. The Rider is honest feeling to its core, and is presented in a simple yet elegant fashion.

The main character of The Rider is a recently injured rodeo rider named Brady Jandreau (played […]

Beating The Odds: The Greatest Showman

Since its heyday in 1940’s through early 1960’s the movie musical has fought an upstream and mostly losing battle to possess relevance with the viewing public. The Greatest Showman bucks the odds in the box-office but not with the majority of film critics. If I am forced to choose? While no Singing in the […]

Subtlety and Nuance Shine in a Fading Light: The Last Movie Star

Adam Rifkin’s The Last Movie Star is a wonderful piece of work that gains great strength and power as it progresses through its rather short run-time (94 minutes). Ironically, The Last Movie Star is not about strength, but about dealing with fading fame, growing old, and dealing with it. Then again, it may really […]