Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bringing Up Baby

A serious scientist runs into a wacky woman who has a leopard named Baby. The scientist's well ordered life gets caught up in the mayhem of the young woman's pursuits. The film Bringing Up Baby is full of wonderful banter, crazy caper scenes and the gigantic talent of Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Though it is black and white, the film is vibrant.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Match

In the film Match we meet a woman who appears to be a journalist interviewing an accomplished ballet dance professor. The questioning takes an unusual turn, and so does the plot. A bit of a mystery, a drama, a thriller. A very mature, satisfying film.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Winning a hotel stay in New York City, I invited my daughter to join me. As we put together our wish lists of things to do, a Broadway show was high on the list. After mulling over our choices we landed on Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Musical, drag, drama, fun. The Belasco Theater was on the next block from The Iroquois, it felt like fate. Oh, and did I mention that Taye Diggs is playing Hedwig? Yeah baby. The story of love, betrayal, dreams and redemption played out on the Broadway stage. The staging was cool and Diggs rocked every number. When I got home I rented the film and got more of the story and a more subdued Hedwig in John Cameron Mitchell's performance. Both performances good and I really love this soundtrack.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

The Mission Impossible franchise is a soft spot for me. Each installation is intriguing, action packed and high quality. With each new director we get a new slant on the missions of Ethan Hunt. The tone of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is very different from Ghost Protocol. It is thoughtful, subtle, smart and intense. Not the thrill ride of the previous films, but enough intrigue, humor and chase scenes to satisfy me.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Black Stallion

The first hour of The Black Stallion has very little dialog and is some of the most riveting cinema I have ever seen. When it enters a predictable plot I lost interest a little, but this is one worth seeing. A true classic.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Goonies

In 1985 I had 2 small children and rarely got to the movies. I have always been aware of the movie The Goonies, but never saw it. Watching it 30 years later, I was treated to a journey into adolescence, fantasy, friendship and family. Great script, performances and action sequences. I can understand the affection for this film. Lovable.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Miracle on 34th Street

Though it runs on TV all the time, Miracle on 34th Street is another holiday classic I've never seen. The story of a man who claims to be Santa Claus in the modern world is an excellent exercise in tolerance, faith and kindness. Well acted and written, this is more than a Christmas movie. I really liked it.