Sunday, January 07, 2018

I, Tonya

If the events depicted in I, Tonya are true, Tonya Harding is truly a survivor. The movie begins when Harding is 4 years old and all she wants to do is skate. Her mother bullies her way into a class and the rest is history. According to the film, her mother was brutal to her, yet she put everything she had (which wasn't much) into her daughter's skating career. Harding's tenacity is front and center when it comes to skating. She perseveres through beatings from both her mother and her husband. The bumbling actions around the Kerrigan assault are ridiculous and played for a laugh. I wonder how much of it is true.

Darkest Hour

I took my father to see Dunkirk and he said that he wanted to see the strategies behind the decisions. This made taking him to see Darkest Hour a no-brainer. This filmfocuses on the short time that Winston Churchill had to make decisions about military strategy against Germany as the new Prime Minister of England. The performances are very good, but politics and war are ugly businesses.

Saturday, January 06, 2018


Pixar is good at tugging our heartstrings and Coco is no exception. Miguel has a passion for music, but his family suffered an emotional loss at the hands of a musician generations ago and refuse to let him follow his dream. On a search for that dream, through his grandfather, he ends up in the Land of the Dead and works to bring closure to his family. The story has a lot of ins and outs and a bit of a morbid tone with story lines of mortality, abandonment and deceit, but the charm of the characters, the music and the animation add levity. I liked this film, but I think a few of the story lines would be too much for little ones.

Friday, January 05, 2018

The Lure

Film critic April Wolf recommended The Lure as one of the most overlooked films of 2017. She described it as a "vampire, mermaid, disco film." I knew I had to see it. Two sisters, who transform to mermaids when they come in contact with water. are discovered by a strip club owner and he adds them to the musical act. They become a sensation and enter relationships with humans. This would be very Beauty and the Beast if they did not eat their paramours. Well filmed and very original. Cool film.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018


Harry Dean Stanton shows his masterful acting in the film Lucky playing a man riding out his life in a small town, with a set routine. As we follow Lucky through his days and interactions, it is Stanton's performance that makes it interesting to watch. A fitting last act for a wonderful actor.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Shape of Water

The beauty and fantasy of The Shape of Water is a thing to behold. This film delighted and amazed me. The story is creative and touching. The art direction is specific, yet lends an air of fantasy. The writing and acting is genuine and artful. I loved the story, I loved this film. What a pleasure.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Free Fire

A bungled gun deal turns into a very long shootout in Free Fire. That is all. OK rental.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Call Me By Your Name

I had some time to myself on this Christmas Eve, so I took myself to the movies. Call Me By Your Name was my choice and Alamo Drafthouse was  the venue. A boozy shake and french fries kept me company while I experienced one of the best films of 2017. A story of growth, sexual exploration and life-lessons that meant a lot, even to my old heart...right to the end. Watch the credit scene carefully, it is a masterclass in acting. This film is beautifully filmed, edited, written and performed with an amazing score. Such a gift, perfect for my Christmas Eve.