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Movie Review: Blue Bayou

Blue Bayou Too often, the news whitewashes the status of or the role that immigrants play in this country. They are a vital population, not necessarily looking for handouts, but to escape situations in their home countries that they have no control over, but affect them immensely. Such is the case with Justin Chon’s “Blue [...]

By |2021-09-17T07:36:29-07:00September 17th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: Cry Macho

Cry Macho Let’s set aside the fact that Clint Eastwood is 91 this year for the moment. “Cry Macho,” which hits theaters and HBO Max today, was not Eastwood’s first rodeo with this material. The script for “Cry Macho” goes all the back to the early ’70s when the screenplay, then known as “Macho,” was [...]

By |2021-09-17T07:28:35-07:00September 17th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Movie Review: Copshop

Copshop When I think of director Joe Carnahan, I vividly remember the short film “Ticker” from the BMW Film Series, “The Hire” featuring Clive Owen. It was a slick short featuring Clive Owen. Carnahan would go on to write and direct “Smokin’ Aces,” which is another action farce that I enjoyed. Carnahan is back in [...]

By |2021-09-17T07:21:02-07:00September 17th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: ‘The Card Counter’

Paul Schrader has made for himself a long and distinguished career in television and films, most notably “Taxi Driver,” which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, “Raging Bull,” and 2018’s “First Reformed” amongst other films. Each film in his oeuvre has featured a character study set against the backdrop of a slow-burning story that tantalizes [...]

By |2021-09-10T08:08:26-07:00September 10th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Movie Review: Reminiscence

Lisa Joy’s directorial debut, “Reminiscence,” is the type of film the major studios would have released in the 1990s or early aughts, appealing to adults without spending a fortune on the budget. The movie hits theaters and HBO Max today. Hugh Jackman plays Nick Bannister, a private investigator using technology to scan people’s minds for [...]

By |2021-08-20T08:23:52-07:00August 20th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘Val’: A Unique Perspective of Actor’s Life

“I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.” ~ Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass." As a kid, I can remember watching Martha Coolidge's "Real Genius," looking through the cathode ray tube screen at Val Kilmer's antics and [...]

By |2021-08-13T21:29:31-07:00August 13th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: CODA

Coda If you take Coda literally, in music, it refers to “the concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure.” However, the film “CODA” implies a double entendre, referring to the “child of deaf adults.” "CODA" premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and opened the 2021 Phoenix [...]

By |2021-08-13T00:21:21-07:00August 13th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Nine Days

Looking up “existentialism” in the dictionary, it is a noun meaning ‘a philosophical theory or approach which emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.” When we apply this meaning to Edson Oda’s feature debut, “Nine Days,” we are asked to [...]

By |2021-08-06T10:12:54-07:00August 6th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Movie Review: “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins”

Walking out of the theater from Robert Schwentke’s “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins,” I couldn’t help feeling a sense of coyness. For everything action-oriented about the story, there was a reserved feeling. The film is full of incredible spectacle and strongly defined characters whose arcs are carried to their logical conclusion, especially for an origin [...]

By |2021-07-23T07:43:11-07:00July 23rd, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Zola”

Andy Warhol famously said, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” This applies equally to the rambunctious “Zola” from A24, now in theaters. Based on a viral Tweet and judiciously covered by the Rolling Stone article, “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted” by David Kushner [...]

By |2021-07-02T09:02:08-07:00July 2nd, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments