After 2 tries (I walked out of a crowded theater yesterday) I have finally returned to the movies. Know your comfort level. I started where I left off. The last film I saw before lockdown was Portrait of a Lady on Fire at Mystic Luxury Theater. Today, 15 months later, I saw A Quiet Place Part II at Mystic Luxury Theater. There were a handful of people spread out around the theater, the film was great and I enjoyed a beverage and popcorn to make the experience complete. The staff seemed so happy to see people (tip your servers) and it just felt good. The film? A solid scary story. The less you know going in, the better. I got my share of jump-scares, monsters and rescues. It was a cool movie afternoon.
Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Controversial in its day, Baby Doll, a Tennessee Williams revenge story, directed by Elia Kazan, is mild by today's standards. Performances, music, cinematography, sound design and direction are all rather brilliant. Well worth watching the "making of" featurette. Glad I rented this film. "We got nothing to do but wait for tomorrow and see if we're remembered or forgotten."
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
In The Father we are drawn into the mind of a man dealing with age and dementia. Battling to figure out what is real and what is not, this film does an artful job of portraying his struggles. This is a little confusing, until you figure out what the point of view is. Excellent film.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
Saturday, May 08, 2021
Thursday, May 06, 2021
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
Monday, May 03, 2021
Sunday, May 02, 2021
In The Mitchell's vs the Machines we go on an adventure with a family and not everyone wants to be there. The is teen angst, awkward Dad moments and family dynamics that are easy to relate to. Then they meet the machines... This movie is funny, action-packed and very heartfelt. I liked it a lot.
Saturday, May 01, 2021
In Godzilla:King of the Monsters Godzilla wreaks havoc. This early monster movie has impressive effects for 1956. Raymond Burr's character is intense, as reporter Steve Martin. I liked this film a lot.
Friday, April 30, 2021
In Something Wicked This Way Comes there's a lot to unpack. Family, age, regret, desire, good vs evil, power. Impressive special effects. Well done and very dramatic, but a bit intense for a PG rating. Good rental
Thursday, April 29, 2021
The Wolfpack is a documentary with a lot of layers. A group of brothers, raised in an apartment in NYC, with no exposure to the outside world, emerge in a wonderful way. If you see this on DVD watch the extras. I feel that the final message of this story is "be happy." Good documentary.
Monday, April 26, 2021
The documentary Zappa is a fantastic film about a talented artist, activist, composer and human. This film documents Frank Zappa's life and works on a very personal, heartfelt level. Much respect.
"Any decision you make based on money is not an artistic decision." ~Frank Zappa
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
The crazy events in Spontaneous seem to be a metaphor for what is going on inside the teen mind during pandemic. Ideas of uncertainty and death can weigh heavy on the mind. This is an unusual story with a lot of drama to struggle for survival and a little humor. Interesting film.
Sunday, April 18, 2021
I saw the 1952 version of Jack and the Beanstalk on TV when I was a kid. The comedy duo of Abbott and Costello, along with a stellar cast, bring this children's story to life in a wonderful way. I'm glad that it was available on TCM to revisit. Well done.
Friday, April 16, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021
The series This is a Robbery brings an unsolved art robbery to life. So interesting. So Boston. So mysterious. For Isabel Stewart Gardner, being eccentric was a way of getting out of the house circa 1903. In a 1990 robbery 13 pieces of her art collection were stolen. Fascinating story. Famous last words? "Nothing happens on nightwatch..."
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Friday, April 09, 2021
I watched Love and Monsters because it was Oscar nominated for visual effects. This is a rather forgettable quest movie, but there were a few quips that struck me.
Q: "What if I have terrible Instincts?"
A: :You'll die."
~ "You traveled 85 miles across hell, I think I can stop 3 assholes."
Watching the life story of Aretha Franklin in the Genius TV series is so satisfying. Cynthia Erivo portrays the Queen of Soul in in a powerful way. Having seen Erivo live on Broadway a few years ago, I really appreciated this performance. Worth watching.
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Sunday, April 04, 2021
Saturday, April 03, 2021
Friday, April 02, 2021
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
The monster movie Godzilla vs Kong met all of my expectations. So many battles! The Kong CGI is great. There is a butt scratch, a great reaction to snow and so much saliva in that roar. Monster movies scratch a certain itch for me, especially when the human says, "Oh shit...." Well done.
Monday, March 29, 2021
I find portrayals of blatant sexism to be very disturbing. The story in the film Moxie struck me as both inspiring and infuriating. A student creates a magazine to bring awareness to the social injustices at her high school. Well done.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Alcohol abuse is the result of a social experiment among some Danish teachers in the film Another Round. This film is an interesting take on relationships, confidence, friendship and substance abuse. A surprisingly inspiring dance sequence is a highlight in this film.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Tenet was a difficult film to watch both technically and conceptually. I struggled to understand the plot and its time-jump theory. "You have a future in the past." I also struggled to understand the characters speaking with gas-masks, mumbling and competing with the sound track. The sound mix was way off in my opinion. The visual effects were good, but that's about it. Frustrating rental.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Monday, March 22, 2021
Sunday, March 21, 2021
The One and Only Ivan is a story about animal protection. I'm not always a fan of talking animals in movies, but the CGI is good and so is the voice acting. The story of "400 pounds of pure power" is based on a true story. The Big Top Mall is quite a concept. Good movie.
"Make it a Blockbuster night". The Last Blockbuster is a documentary that captures the nostalgia of the physical act of going into a Blockbuster store. Browsing around, chatting with other customers, the kid at the register, the smell of candy and popcorn. I miss it. Good doc.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
The film A Promising Young Woman portrays reactions to misogyny, sexual assault and injustice. The way we turn our heads on hurtful behavior is put under a magnifying glass, as it should. This is a heartbreaking story very well told.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
When Miss Stevens chaperones high school students to a drama competition, we get a story set in a high school environment with very real characters and situations. There is a struggle between adult and adolescent behavior. The performances elevate the plot which did not go where I expected. That was refreshing. Good film.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
The Disney film Onward is the story of two brothers trying to bring the father they never knew back for just one day. They embark on their quest with family and fantasy, humor and heart. Magic plays a large role, so does bravery and loyalty. I liked this film a lot.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Saturday, March 13, 2021
While sorting family memorabilia from my parent's house, I came across the film Avalon. The story of family, immigration, work and love was a good companion to the task. An outstanding cast a beautiful set design make this a film worth seeing. Lovely.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Dreams, expectations, family dynamics and hard work play their parts in the strong coming of age story Miss Juneteenth. A young woman works toward her own identity despite her well-intentioned mother. The way she finds it works well in this film.
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Generational differences and experiences make for family drama in the film Jayne Mansfield's Car. Two very different families gather for a final farewell. War, relationships, drugs, culture, cars and history all amplify emotions. I liked this interesting film.
Friday, March 05, 2021
The movie Long Shot is a solid romantic comedy. A reunion of two people with little in common than their past relationship, leads to an interesting fish-out-of-water story. This movie earns it's R rating and delivers the laughs. The chemistry between these two is great and it is beautifully shot. The extras on the DVD are worth watching.
I was invited to watch Raya and the Last Dragon to take part in Movie Night. Fun with the family from 200 miles away. Technology rocks. Beautiful animation and cool story. I learn about water dragons and "butt-kickery". Wonderful movie and a good time with the kids.
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Unusual circumstances of a kidnaping and robbery set the stage for tension in Cold Comes the Night. Desperation and money drive the plot of this gritty drama. Alice Eve's character and performance are that glue that holds this crime thriller together. Cranston is understated and menacing. Good film.
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
In Father's Little Dividend a father who has just adjusted to his daughter's marriage, struggles with the news he will soon be a grandfather. A little silly, but the performances make this film worth seeing. I enjoyed this.
Sunday, February 28, 2021
The story told in The United States vs. Billie Holiday is tragic, enraging and dramatic. Andra Day is a force. Holiday's treatment was true low point in the history of law enforcement. Good film.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
I'm so sorry that I missed this show live, but the documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme is very satisfying. "Fit me like a well worn hoodie." Shows that happen for the first and last time...that's improv...that's art. Well worth watching.
Friday, February 26, 2021
I watched the original Ghostbusters for the first time in decades. Joining this crew of scientists battling the paranormal, I had forgotten what a masterpiece it is. The story, performances and production value are top notch. What a fun classic.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
The film The Climb is a creative, funny, weird, dysfunctional look at friendship and relationships punctuated by punches. I really like the structure of this film. There is a certain poetry of how it moves from chapter to chapter. At its core there's a big heart. Worth a look.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
The Lady and the Dale is a docu-series that follows the rise and fall of Elizabeth Carmichael. She promoted a fuel-efficient, three-wheeled car known as The Dale. There was a lot of drama and intrigue in her story. This is worth a watch.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021
Fred Hampton was an integral part of the Black Panther Party in the 60s. In Judas and the Black Messiah, dynamic performances take us through this important chapter of American history. Fortitude, justice and betrayal are all addressed as the painful events unfold. I watched this more than once, it holds up to multiple viewings.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
What would happen if Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Senator Joseph McCarthy and Albert Einstein met? We find out on one night in a hotel room with these 4 historic figures. In the film Insignificance we take this crazy ride with wonderful performances, especially Theresa Russell as Monroe. The conversations take us back forth in time with skillful editing. This film is a solid rental worth seeing.
Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Sunday, February 07, 2021
It took me a long time to warm up to Pete Davidson. The King of Staten Island helped. His character comes to terms with his grief, and embracing an adult life. This is a poignant coming of age story I liked.
Saturday, February 06, 2021
The drama Let Him Go quickly becomes a thriller. When grandparents find out that their grandson is in peril, they act. They are no-nonsense and do what they need to do. This film is darker than I expected, which worked for the story. Well done.
Friday, February 05, 2021
Monday, February 01, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
The film Genius takes us inside the world of publishing and editing in 1929. It explores the relationship between writer and editor in a very personal way. This is an intimate look at the literary world. I liked this film.
A mysterious story of past lives in the present is the premise of Dead Again. Working out the mysteries of a disturbing dream, we go back and forth in time to reveal the truth. It's a wild ride. Great performances. I always enjoy Robin Williams in a dramatic role. Thompson and Branagh shine.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
The documentary TV mini-series Tiger follows the rise and fall of golf superstar Tiger Woods. This is a sad story of self destruction. In some situations it seems that there is an element of abuse, in others, a tendency of self-sabotage. An interesting, disturbing story.
Monday, January 25, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
The Broadway presentation of David Byrne's Utopia is available to enjoy on HBOmax. For this Broadway fan who especially loves music, dance and creativity, this is a treat. Lockdown has curtailed my Broadway attendance, so a show like this brought into my home is a dream. I'll be back in the theater some day, but for now, I will be grateful for presentations like this.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Sunday, January 17, 2021
The film Ammonite examines female roles, both personal and professional. We are treated to stunning performances in this intricate story of profession, friendship, intimacy and class. Honest, warm and sexy. I liked this film.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The film Blackbird tells the very emotional story about choosing your end of life. A woman brings her family together to present her plan. The family dysfunctions are magnified by being together. Drama ensues. I thought this was a powerful film.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The film Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President is an interesting documentary. Carter was the first President I voted for. I still remember getting my absentee ballot notarized at the general store in Bethany, WV when I was in college. It Was fun to see Providence, RI gets a moment. Carter is is honest and sincere. Worth a watch.
Music is the voice of the heart ~ Garth Brooks
Monday, January 11, 2021
Watching The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart I realized that their music was the sound track of my formative years. The Bee Gees' music was always on the radio or in films when I was a teenager and young adult. So singable and fun to dance to. What a contribution their talents brought to our culture. This is an excellent music documentary about a family of talented performers. What a ride!
Sunday, January 10, 2021
As modern horror films go, The Rental is a good addition to the genre. Two couples rent a house for a weekend getaway and soon fall into issues of voyeurism and infidelity. The plausibility brings the scares, especially in the last half hour. Creepy rental that I liked.
Friday, January 08, 2021
In Words on Bathroom Walls we get a coming of age story with an interesting premise. Charlie struggles in his senior year of high school, but finds support in places he did not expect. The performances in this film are strong. I really liked this one.
Sunday, January 03, 2021
Saturday, January 02, 2021
Friday, January 01, 2021
My first virtual performance experience was so fun! Ratatouille the Musical was creative, energetic, funny and heartfelt with wonderful performances. Post-show meet up on FaceTime after with my family was icing on the cake. Bravo!!