Review: “Aftersun”

Losing someone close to us without knowing who they really were is a painful experience. It isn’t as traumatic, though, as we might think. Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun" explores the vagueness of that trauma through the lens of a young girl, Sophie (Frankie Corio), as she reflects in her mind's eye the last holiday with her [...]

By |2022-11-04T08:07:28-07:00November 3rd, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Pearl”

Thinking objectively about a pearl, one is inclined to think about decadence and luxuriousness. It is slowly formed due to grains of sand grating on the inner lining of an oyster shell, taking a tremendous amount of time to develop, drawing attention, sometimes unnecessarily, and costing a small fortune to obtain. Applying that logic to [...]

By |2022-09-16T17:54:27-07:00September 16th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Review: “Men” (2022)

Alex Garland has written a number of great screenplays, including "28 Days Later...", "Sunshine", and "Dredd."  It's only been relatively recently that he's begun directing some of his own screenplays.  The first, 2014's "Ex Machina" remains his most accessible.  In 2018 he directed his second feature, "Annihilation."  Like its predecessor, it benefited from multiple viewings, [...]

By |2022-05-18T23:03:46-07:00May 18th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once

They say everything comes better in pairs, and never have I ever seen a film like Daniels' wonderous experience that is "Everything Everywhere All at Once." Experience is a keyword, and while I'll get gruff for suggesting that not every film is an experience rather than an event, "Everything Everywhere All at Once" is both [...]

By |2022-04-08T13:34:41-07:00April 8th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “X”

A24 has developed a reputation for releasing gorgeous horror films that are as smart as they are gruesome.  "X," Ti West's latest foray into the genre continues this tradition with a film that is a masterful combination of hedonism, horror, humor, and homages. The story takes place over 24 hours in 1979.  The first image [...]

By |2022-03-18T16:38:38-07:00March 18th, 2022|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: “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

“On the Rocks”: Coppola’s Restraint, Murray’s Humor Make For a Well-Mixed Comedy Cocktail

My lips pursed with glee as Sofia Coppola’s gorgeous “On the Rocks” spooled out. My glee wasn’t over the fact that the film laments relationships that are on the fritz, nor that we've forgotten how to communicate with one another. Nor did they raise over Laura’s (Rashida Jones) blind insistence that nothing was wrong with [...]

By |2020-09-30T21:41:00-07:00September 30th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Award-Winning “Boys State” Is Full of Piss, Vinegar and Hope

2020 will go down in history as perhaps one of our most divisive years in history. At the heart of our way of life through and beyond the Pandemic is our political system, an intrigue of epic proportions such that no one can effectively make a decision or lead us through the ills that affect [...]

By |2020-08-14T09:33:45-07:00August 13th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: First Cow

As I reflect on Kelly Reichardt’s “First Cow,” which opens in select theaters this weekend, I can’t help but smile on my “first Reichardt” experience, “Certain Women” and the audience reaction to that film. It is important to set the stage for this experience in that I was not a member of the press, so [...]

By |2020-03-13T14:46:07-07:00March 13th, 2020|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments