Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Guillermo del Toro said in an interview, that Creature from the Black Lagoon was inspiration for The Shape of Water so I decided to give it a look. I loved this film. The technology is pretty amazing for the time. The camera work and cinematography are great and the story moves right along and draws you in. So many shots have been recreated in more current films. It was very cool to see the original. I really liked this film.

Sunday, April 28, 2019


The story in Destroyer is poorly told. I usually like a film whose time-line jumps around, but this one did not work for me.I felt like I need ed more information sooner to care about the main character. Nicole Kidman turns in great performances, but that story still wasn't very good. An OK rental.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Tribeca Film Festival 2019

Arriving in DUMBO on Wednesday night to return the pups to their rightful home, it is nice to be on familiar ground in Brooklyn. On Thursday afternoon I arrive in Tribeca and make a bee-line for Edward's for my traditional soup and wine lunch as sustenance to begin Tribeca Film Festival. With time to kill I stop in to Reade Street Pub and spend a little quality time with old friends. Continuing the Tribeca circuit, a stop at Tribeca Grille for a snack and a drink proves to be entertaining when a man is escorted out when the bartender stops serving him and he's not having it. The best is his companion's sheepish re-entry to retrieve his coat. Then I make my way to BMCC for a Tribec Talks panel where Guillermo Del Toro is interviewed by Alec Baldwin. The insight, humor and film chat is very exciting. Del Toro is a charmer and tells a good story. O the way back to DUMBO I stop in to The Patriot to say hi to Patience and call it a day. Thanks for the fun Tribeca.

Friday morning I make my way to South Street Seaport and score a  Broadway ticket at TKTS. Sliders at Fraunces Tavern fit the bill for lunch. I always feel like I'm in "the room where it happens" when I am in this historic place. I make my way back up to Tribeca and kill some time at Tribeca Tavern which is near the venue for my Film Festival event today. The Queen Cooperative presented a discussion of film making with Dee Rees, Queen Latifa, B. Monet and Haley Elizaabeth Anderson. It was interesting, heartfelt and inspirational. Smart, strong talented people advocating for the creative process.

Despite the rain, I made it to Lincoln Center where I was seeing My Fair Lady at the Vivian Beaumont theater. What a show! Laura Benanti was in the role of Eliza and she was amazing! Lincoln Center is a sparking jewel full of culture and excitement. Wonderful night of theater.

On Saturday Liza, the kids and I went to Almar for brunch. Delicious as always. Liza and I wandered through the Open Studios in DUMBO. It's always nice to see what the artists are doing in her neighborhood. We had dinner at Superfine and felt very satisfied with our day.

I headed out early Sunday morning so that I could stop in NJ to see Patty & Herb at their new home at Atria Assisted Living. It is a beautiful place and they seemed happy to be there. Clean, safe and lots of kind, helpful people. A stop at GW Carson's Burgers finished off my adventures with a delicious meal before I get home.

All in all, a fun New York adventure. Thanks for the fun Tribeca Film Festival!

Sunday, April 21, 2019


A beautifully structured documentary, Nureyev takes us on the journey of Rudolf Nureyev's life and career. The clips and interviews are edited to tell a story of hard work, drive, perseverance, art and focus. Nureyev is a wonderful dancer and lived an interesting life. Excellent documentary.

Friday, April 19, 2019


The monumental task of making the film Roar is as compelling as the film itself. The story of a man who lives among lions was filmed with real lions. When his family comes to visit and he's not there, it becomes a bit of a horror film as the family fends off the animals that seem to see them as lunch. The production of this film is fascinating yet rather frighting. What a film.

Thursday, April 18, 2019


The New York Times writers featured in the documentary Obit are masters of the craft of writing. Using journalist skills and techniques akin to detective work they give special attention to detail to tell the stories of the lives of people for their obituaries. In this film crafting an obit is like writing a song. Finding the right notes while being true to the subject...with compassion. This is a well structured documentary with some talented, experienced writers. Well done.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Second Act

The performances in Second Act are worthy of a much better script. The story of a woman getting a job under false pretenses is not new, but this cast is so skilled and sincere, I wish they had had better material to work with. There was so much potential here. An OK rental.

Thursday, April 11, 2019


 The story in the animated film Mirai begs the question, is it time travel or is it magic? A child copes with life in interesting, creative ways. This is a charming film.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

The Mule

Clint Eastwood brings an innocence to his character in The Mule to excellent effect. He is not a nice man, yet Eastwood's performance begs for sympathy. I have trouble feeling that sympathy, because he treats his wife and family so poorly. This is a good drama, but I had such a dislike for the character I have trouble liking the film.

Thursday, April 04, 2019


I loved the first Transformers movie. In Bumblebee I felt the same vibe. The character development is good, the action is solid, the story is interesting and there is a big old heart. The humor is well placed and executed. This movie was a lot of fun.