Thursday, October 31, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Th gang from the film Zombieland continue their adventures in Zombieland: Double Tap. Madison is a very funny addition to the crew. The story was satisfying enough to be entertaining. Just remember, zombies are gross.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
The simple joy of storytelling is the heart of the concert documentary Western Stars. Filming an intimate concert of his new album, Bruce Springsteen brings his life and loves to the music. The setting and camerawork are beautiful. The orchestrations are gorgeous as well. I loved this film.
In a flamboyant burst of confidence, Dolemite is My Name tells the story of Rudy Ray Moore and his adventures in film making. The performances and costumes bring this film to life in a fun way. Funny and obscene, this film is a wild ride.
Friday, October 25, 2019
The story of Billy the Kid is told from the point of view of a young boy in The Kid.There are gunfight galore and I did get a better understanding of the family dynamics. This film worked hard for authenticity. Well done.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
In a time trippy way, Your Name tells a story of friendship and support.The animation is lovely and the story is very heartfelt. A lot of imagination went into this film. The music is pretty great too. I really liked this one.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019
In Being Frank a selfish man gets caught in a huge lie. When a double life is revealed he gets what he deserves. The performances are good, this is well written, but the premise made me very angry. I guess good drama brings out emotion. The most honest line in the film is, "Lies are for cowards." Good rental.
Following up Frankenstein with The Bride of Frankenstein was a good move in my rental strategy. The continuation of the story with an additional monster is elegant and nuanced. There are so many screams! I liked this one too.
Friday, October 11, 2019
As one of the true, original monster movies Frankenstein is a story of actions fueled by fear. A scientist creates a creature who faces the wrath of society as he just tries to exist. The cinematography is beautiful and the story is a bit sad, with some very touching moments. Excellent classic.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
I have always been aware of the title Damn Yankees, but had no idea of it's meaning. This movie is a supernatural take on baseball, dreams, home and celebrity. The performances are great and so is the music. Gwen Verdon is a national treasure. I'm glad that I finally saw this film.
Monday, October 07, 2019
Sunday, October 06, 2019
I grew up watching The Wizard of Oz on TV every year. Dorothy was my hero and Judy Garland was the first movie star I was aware of. In the film Judy we see her talent and heartbreak in her later career. The realities of being a single mother and paying the bills tell a painful story. Rene Zellweger gives an empathetic performance. I liked this film.
Friday, October 04, 2019
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
A talented singer is looking to get out, and get to NYC in the film Wild Rose. Along the way she learns a lot about herself and expectations. This film tells a good story about drive. I really liked the music as well. Worth a look.