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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

Movie Review: “Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

Premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and handily winning both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s “Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” a magnificent look at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival demonstrates what work, determination and most importantly, a celebration of music looks like. [...]

By |2021-07-02T08:18:57-07:00July 2nd, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “F9: The Fast Saga”

The “Fast and Furious” series made its name on ‘family,’ or the concept of a family formed out of disparate persons coming together for a common cause. The films have gone the world over and seen The Rock, Kurt Russell, and Helen Mirren join its ranks. They’ve even branched out into a sub-series featuring The [...]

By |2021-06-24T22:45:33-07:00June 24th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: ‘Cruella’

An interesting thought occurred to me as I sat down to watch Craig Gillespie’s “Cruella.” I am not a studied acolyte of the works of Dodie Smith. Or of Bill Peet’s animated classic, let alone Glenn Close’s two turns as the nefarious Cruella de Vil. So, it would seem natural that my indoctrination to this [...]

By |2021-05-28T13:45:52-07:00May 28th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment