The classic film Holiday takes an interesting look at life choices. A young man wants to be on "holiday" while he is young. Not everyone in his life is supportive of his decision. A charming film.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984
In Wonder Woman 1984 we learn the power of Diana as she is in the year 1984. Saving the world with strength and confidence she is thrilling to watch. The story and stunts are great. It is fun to see her story play out.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
The beauty of the film Soul lies very much in the love of music. The concept of where souls exist is pretty abstract, but it is played out with a lot of sincerity. I really liked the characters and the concept. Well done.
Friday, December 25, 2020
The Bishop's Wife
In The Bishop's Wife an angel's visit changes a couple's perspective and lives. This Christmas classic is very satisfying.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Based on a true story, Critical Thinking is the story of an inner city high school chess team. Their journey is interesting and heartfelt. Watch the credits to see interviews with the actual students. Good film.
Monday, December 21, 2020
Pottersville is an off the wall small town story with a kink. Set at Christmas, this story of mistaken identity is rather entertaining. I got a chuckle out of this quirky comedy.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
I first saw White Christmas on late night television when I was babysitting. This romantic story suited a young teenage me. The music and banter are delightful. A holiday film I enjoy.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Dynamic writing, performances and soundtrack make Ma Rainey's Black Bottom a solid portrayal of art, discrimination and principles. So good.
Friday, December 18, 2020
In This Christmas we watch a family's holiday reunion with drama, secrets, loyalty, love and moves...so many moves. The last scene is a gift. I really liked the relationships and how they played into the reunion. Well done.
March of the Wooden Soldiers (Babes in Toyland 1934)
I have a memory of seeing March of the Wooden Soldiers when I was young. I have no idea how I would have seen a 1934 film in the 50s or 60s, but it must have been on network TV during the holiday season. I loved it as a kid and I still like it now. The story is a little off and the villan is scary. It is slapstick and trilling at times. The story is there and the performances stand up. A bit of nostalgia.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
In Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey there is lots of creativity, lots of joy, lots of music, lots of dance. There's a lot in this movie, but it all comes down to a lot of heart. Fun Christmas watch.
Christmas on the Square
Christmas on the Square is such a cheesy movie, but I enjoyed it for the cast.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
I had a ticket to see Tig Notaro live in PVD in 2020. It was rescheduled twice and ultimately canceled due to the pandemic. The last reschedule date was Dec. 4th so her show has been on my mind. I have seen her live before and really like her comedy. The documentary Tig, is a nice behind the scenes to her career and personal life. Such a talented performer and genuine human. As Tig likes to say, "I guess God was right, I can handle this." I'm a big fan, and I liked this documentary.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Wednesday, December 09, 2020
What We Did on Our Holiday
Sunday, December 06, 2020
An interesting look at film history, Mank covers a lot of ground. This dramatization of the writing of Citizen Kane shows an unattractive side of Hollywood and the early movie making machine. It's not all glamour. There is a constant narration in this film that is a bit much, but there is a lot of explaining to do. The film takes on a lot.
Saturday, December 05, 2020
Thursday, December 03, 2020
It's Always Fair Weather
Great music, dance numbers and charm makes It's Always Fair Weather worth a look. I've never seen anyone tap dance in roller skates or trashcan lids. The editing is creative and makes this fun to watch. Great DVD rental. Watch the extras.