Cathy Yan’s big budget DCEU picture Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn delivers rated-R action violence as we follow the truly fantabulous Margot Robbie owning the title role of one Harley Quinn. Robbie produced the film, and also hired writer Christina Hodson and director Yan. Our abused and highly sexualized… Continue reading “Birds of Prey” Review: Girl Power and an Awesome Bit of the Ol’ Ultra-violence
The Gentlemen is exactly the kind of “style over substance” storytelling I love. This convoluted gangster action comedy brings us back to the wonder and fun of Guy Richie’s earlier career entries like Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and RockNRolla. This motion picture looks amazing and is a delight to have injected into… Continue reading “The Gentlemen” review: A Rube Goldberg machine of a movie in the best possibly way
I’m just a woman. And as a woman, there’s no way for me to make my own money. Not enough to earn a living or to support my family, and if I had my own money, which I don’t, that money would belong to my husband the moment we got married. And if we had… Continue reading “Little Women” review: Yes … You Should See It
My dad took me to a little theater in Westbrook, Connecticut in 1977 to see Star Wars. My parents were not movie people, and I always had to beg them to take me. The near hour-long drive to any movie theater provided a serious obstacle. But take me he did. Even at ten I was… Continue reading “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” review: The Fall of a Franchise
Warning: Mild Historical Spoilers included Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to a by-gone Hollywood basks in late day sunshine, inviting us to sit down and spend some time with Rick Dalton, Cliff Booth, and Sharon Tate. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dalton, a past-his-prime TV star and Brad Pitt is Booth, his stunt double. A luminous Margot Robbie… Continue reading “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” review
I sometimes describe myself as a Nihilist. Not the “burn-the-world-down” anarchy-crossover kind, but the “uggggg, what’s the point?” kind. I have boxes of old family photos and — beyond my own parents and grandparents — I can’t identify any of the people. My kids would be hard-pressed to even point out my grandparents, much-less the… Continue reading “The Irishman” Review: Scorsese meditates on morality, aging and consequences
… the best superhero (and action) films have been by auteur directors and did have real risks and consequences … Logan, The Dark Knight, Joker and even Tim Burton’s Batman from 1989 were all very big risks, and transcend the “Marvel” problem Scorsese is talking about … Scorsese has made a decision — based on his age (he actually pretty much says this in his OpEd piece) and his prejudices — to discard and entire segment of films.
The film places us squarely inside Collin’s mind … he can’t even report this crime. And as a former criminal himself, he is branded forever. This one brief scene says so much about disenfranchisement, being black, trying to escape one’s past, and of course fear of the establishment.
The Dead Don’t Die hits the coffin-nail on the head with a sledgehammer in the absolute funniest and most skewering way. Jim Jarmusch’s recent horror comedy is about as subtle as a yellow-jacket sting. He goes after … well, all of us. Polar Fracking has caused the Earth to shift on its axis, not causing… Continue reading The Dead Don’t Die is Very Alive
Best of lists are tough for me. First I always feel like I haven’t seen enough movies. This year I watched 207 films to date. Now in fairness, many were older movies, and many I have watched before. Of that total, 55 were released in 2018. Not bad, but that means I have yet to… Continue reading Brian’s Picks: Best Films of 2018