“Birds of Prey” Review: Girl Power and an Awesome Bit of the Ol’ Ultra-violence

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” review: A Rube Goldberg machine of a movie in the best possibly way

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

“Little Women” review: Yes … You Should See It

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

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” review: The Fall of a Franchise

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

“Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” review

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

“The Irishman” Review: Scorsese meditates on morality, aging and consequences

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

What is Cinema? My Public Disagreement with Martin Scorsese

… 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.