Wednesday, June 05, 2019

My Man Godfrey

A homeless man goes to work as a butler for an upper crust family in My Man Godfrey. He is clever, resourceful and likeable. How the family sees the situation, and how it really is are two different things. The twists are good and the performances are charming. A strong classic.

Monday, June 03, 2019

The Perfection

In a disturbing way, The Perfection takes the concept of the child prodigy and gives it a horror twist. The structure of the film is interesting as the story unfolds in non-linear style. It adds to the creepy aspect of the story. The less you know going into this one, the better the film experience. Excellent, creative, gory and shocking. I liked this film.

Friday, May 31, 2019

A Dirty Shame

In a recent interview with John Waters there is a discussion about his film A Dirty Shame. This film is raunchy and funny with a huge heart. Outrageous as only Waters can do with a great cast and a very funny premise. This is a great rental.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

John Wick Part 2

Vapid and full of fight scenes John Wick Part 2 was as boring as expected. I rented it so I can see John Wick 3. That may not have been necessary. Weak rental.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Fosse / Verdon

I adore musical theater. The film All That Jazz gave me a close up look at Bob Fosse at a young age. It taught me that flawed people can make beautiful art. The mini series Fosse/Verdon expands that story and brings in Gwen Verdon's point of view. Each episode focuses on a specific show, and segues beautifully from one to the next. The cast is superb and there is a great surprise appearance in the final episode. Great job from all angles.

Wine Country

Women on a road-trip is the premise of Wine Country. This is a weak story with an astounding cast. Paula Pell is a national treasure and Maya Rudolph kills every scene she is in. The story just didn't do it for me. Still worth watching for the performances. An OK rental.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Booksmart

One of the funniest movies this year could be Booksmart. High school students on the night before their graduation go from party to party in a series of great scenes and scenarios. The acting is outstanding and the characters are very genuine and believable. The editing also moves the film at a nice pace and Billie Lourd made me laugh every time she came on screen. Well done.

Friday, May 24, 2019

To Sir With Love

I had forgotten what a good movie To Sir With Love is. When an engineer reluctantly takes a job as a high school teacher, the reality of rebellious teens are brought to the screen. I like that he does not succeed at every turn. There is enough failure to make him human and the story realistic. The performances are excellent and this is really well shot. I'm glad that I saw this film again. Well done.