TCM Classic Film Festival Review

TCM Classic Film Festival

TCM Classic Film Festival Review: MOVIE-TOPIA Comes To Hollywood Boulevard The Wizard of Osborne Where else can you find an actual flying monkey cape from The Wizard of Oz than at the TCM Classic Film Festival, where it was displayed at the Roosevelt Hotel’s “Club TCM,” right next to props and furnishings from Casablanca? With […]

The Unknown Known Film Review

The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld War Criminal Rummy Gets “Erroled” and Interrotroned Along with Michael Moore, Errol Morris is arguably America’s preeminent documentarian still working. Morris’ recent nonfiction films include 2003’s Academy Award winning The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara and 2008’s Berlin […]

ENEMY Film Review

Enemy Film

Jake Gyllenhaal in Denis Villeneuve’s ENEMY film by Nicolas Bolduc Enemy Film: The Two Jakes: Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and… Jake Gyllenhaal There’s an old saying that everybody in the world has a double. Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve reteams with his Prisoners co-star Jake Gyllenhaal to explore this theme with a film that co-stars, well, Jake […]

Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit Film Review

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Film Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of Ruskies? The Shadow Recruit knows! Reactionary espionage novelist Tom Clancy may have died last year, but his heroic CIA agent, Jack Ryan, lives on, as does the rightwing pro-CIA Military-Industrial-Intelligence-Entertainment Complex’s agitprop. To be sure, Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit, Paramount’s reboot […]

About Time Film Review

About Time Movie

About Time Film Review: Double Fantasy About Time is a romantic comedy about time travel that, appropriately, hails from the land that gave birth to H.G. Wells, author of this genre’s trendsetting 1895 sci fi classic The Time Machine. However, in the Britain-set About Time time travel is not like Rod Serling’s 1958 pilot for The […]

Bifocal Review: Enough Said

Enough Said The Movie

Bifocal Review: Enough Said by Barbara Rich and The Other Guy! (BR): There was no way I would have missed James Gandolfini’s final film, Enough Said. I just love the guy. Another favorite of mine is Julia Louis-Dreyfus. How refreshing it is to see a normal couple portrayed on the big screen in a relationship […]

On the Road Film Review

On the Road Film

The Beat goes on the road, again. AFI FEST 2012 ~ Last summer, while I was literally driving around Europe, I tried to explain to a highly intelligent European, who just so happens to be the best read person I know in terms of contemporary fiction, what the essence of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road […]

In The Fog

In The Fog

AFI FEST 2012 ~ Post Tenebras Lux has a cinematic sensibility that is more for the senses than for the intellect. At an AFI screening, co-star Nathalia Acevedo introduced the film by urging audiences to experience Lux in this way: “Feel it; don’t think about it.” Writer/director Carlos Reygadas, who won the Cannes Film Festival’s […]

Skyfall: James Bond versus Julian Assange?

Skyfall

AFI FEST 2012 ~ Back in the 1980s after the original Hawaii Five-O TV series went off the air I bumped into Jack Lord at a Honolulu supermarket and asked him if there might be a Five-O special or revival. Lord replied that the problem with bringing back the elite squad of crime fighters was […]

Post Tenebras Lux Film Review

Post Tenebras Lux

AFI FEST 2012 ~ Post Tenebras Lux has a cinematic sensibility that is more for the senses than for the intellect. At an AFI screening, co-star Nathalia Acevedo introduced the film by urging audiences to experience Lux in this way: “Feel it; don’t think about it.” Writer/director Carlos Reygadas, who won the Cannes Film Festival’s […]