Category Archives: Film Reviews

Infighting to Ignore Patriarchal Systems

Film review of Raise the Red Lantern in relation to misdirected scheming in the face of great oppression. Continue reading

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Carol: A Search for Being Seen

There can be a preoccupation and false assumptions with any association or suggestion of lesbian related material.  What I have always found fascinating based upon my graduate thesis involved the evolution of the heterosexual male defined term of “a sexually … Continue reading

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A Return to Craft | She Lights Up Well

Acting anymore is a rich person’s game.  For example, you can note the football Giant’s owners’ kids Rooney and Kate Mara in leading or prominent roles.  While they may have skills, they can also wait out the rejections eating better … Continue reading

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Respect for Strong Performances, But Still Crave the Original

Few film moments jarred me as much as Terrence Stamp in the role of Sergeant Troy menacing Julie Christie playing Bathsheba in the 1967 rendition of Far From the Madding Crowd.  I approached this latest portrayal with an open mind, … Continue reading

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Welles: No One-Trick-Pony

What to make of The Trial (1962)? There is a built-in mistrust in watching Orson Welles’s films when inundated with his early meteoric success as an omen to being cast off by the gods of favor.  It may be recalled that Orson … Continue reading

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Pendulous Violence

Film titles as with book titles can tempt or dissuade a would-be audience member.   Simply the words within A Most Violent Year directed by J. C. Chandor conjured grotesque images I had years ago from reading reviews about A History of … Continue reading

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Calvary, A Priest Sentenced

The Catholic Church has become an easy target for comedians and politicians due to the number of molested children by protected religious figures.  Exact numbers will not be reviewed or cataloged, but importantly, an anger persists about how justice has … Continue reading

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Step Aside Eddie Murphy, Guinness Stands Alone

Black comedy flourished in Britain especially at Ealing Studios located in the suburbs of west London.  There, actors like the esteemed Sir Alec Guinness, David Niven, and the unforgettable Alastair Sim (best Scourge) took part in these films.  Film Forum … Continue reading

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Exhiles within The Grand Budapest Hotel

On the surface, The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) plays with the absurd madcap tale against a dark, unforgiving political backdrop.  Yet, further research revealed that Wes Anderson‘s masterful film held an acute commentary about the world that the writer Stefan … Continue reading

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Depth in Simplicity: Enough Said

My escapism via rewatching all of fast-talking and esoteric reference laden Gilmore Girls had me admiring creator Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s repertoire.  True to fashion, I carefully watched opening credits to each Gilmore Girls episode in my revival, and Nicole Holofcener’s name appeared as … Continue reading

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