Category Archives: Film Reviews

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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Soucriants By Circumstance

Vampire overload was my first thought when I read about primary aspects to this film Byantium (2012) , but in being selected by NYTimes  Critics’ Picks, I reformed initial impressions. Author Jean Rhys born in the Commonwealth of Dominica of Wide … Continue reading

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What Is and Cannot Be

Two poorly suited dating partners Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (not to be mistaken with the actor from Will & Grace) opted for friendship and collaborated on devising a screenplay about an unhappily-ever-after duo.  Hollywood views this approach as deadly … Continue reading

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Puppeteering Self-Relationships

Greek mythology first documented the trope about an artist’s creation becoming alive.  Sculptor Pygmalion’s statue transformed from ivory into flesh.  This curiosity and psychology complex concept re-surged in the Victorian era especially in conceits by the Irish playwright George Bernard … Continue reading

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Returning to Austen’s Refined Spoken Word

Without great effort, viewers can sample all of Wilt Stillman’s repertoire.  Only four feature films have become available to audiences in his career.  Not as infrequent as Halley’s Comet, Stillman’s films are coveted and sought to a fervor reminiscent of … Continue reading

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Human messes

Glimpses into the real day-to-day struggles of Arabic families and individuals are sparse.  This elegant and thought-provoking cinema contains characters that refuse to be defined by “good” and “bad” descriptors.  Audience members faced with the challenge to move with all … Continue reading

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Howls of the Damned

The Super Bowl of filmgoers belongs to the Annual Academy Awards.  Approaching this time drain in another manner, I sought a screening of director Steve McQueen’s Shame to pay tribute to the non nominee Michael Fassbender.  Knowing the context and … Continue reading

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The Artist: Charming Goodbye Letter to Silent Cinema

Those new to silent films and the impact of talkies should first watch Billy Wilder‘s Sunset Boulevard.  Nowhere else are the scars of discarded actors yearning for bygone influence and attention as well wrought.  In deviation from this classic, director … Continue reading

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