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

Movie Review: Wrath of Man

Hot off 2020’s “The Gentlemen,” Guy Ritchie is back with his latest, the suave, and sophisticated “Wrath of Man.” Jason Statham fills the definition of suave to a ‘T,’ or rather an ‘H.’ Ritchie gives us just enough to be curious about who ‘H’ is. Knowing Ritchie’s film library, anything less than explosive would be [...]

By |2021-05-07T08:12:16-07:00May 7th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Songbird”

It’s a curious thing, Adam Mason’s “Songbird.” The film, a mid-budget thriller, would have been the type of film in the 1980s to have metaphorically represented the “what if?” if the U.S. and Russia had nuked each other, something I lived through. Films such as “Red Dawn” represented the “what if?” scenario quite effectively, but [...]

By |2020-12-15T12:13:54-07:00December 14th, 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

Review: “Abominable”

In the past year I have seen three different movies that have all tried to capture the magic of the original How to Train Your Dragon film. The first was Bumblebee, which made my top ten list last year. The second was How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (my review of it can be read here), which, while [...]

By |2019-09-26T06:48:51-07:00September 26th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Alita: Battle Angel”

A team-up between billion-dollar director James Cameron and $7k-feature director Robert Rodriguez never sounded like a sure thing, especially when the project they choose to collaborate on is a live-action adaptation of a 90's era Manga/Anime series.   An unlikely collaboration such as this usually yields either brilliance or disaster, but "Alita: Battle Angel" is neither.  Instead, it captures the highs [...]

By |2019-02-14T22:42:21-07:00February 14th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Creed II”

For those keeping score, Creed II is the 8th(!) movie in the Rocky franchise. The franchise itself has been a bit uneven, yet it can't be denied that it is the most beloved and successful sports movie franchise of all time. I'm a huge sucker for sports dramas (the original Rocky and Rudy are among my favorite films of all time) [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:02:07-07:00November 20th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Quick Review: “The Old Man and the Gun”

Robert Redford is a great actor. His early and mid-career were full of box office hits that made him among the biggest movie stars at the time. Most people don't know, but he's also a producer of many fine films and even directed a few. Outside of his acting he's probably most famous for his [...]

By |2018-10-31T09:12:05-07:00October 30th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments