Boyhood – film review – C

I don’t write many film reviews anymore because of my increasing work in fiction.  However, I make it a point to watch as many films as possible when I think they are going to be talked about come Oscar time.  According to many film critics, this is one of them. In Boyhood, the camera follows…

“Maleficent” film review – B

  First, I’m not thrilled with the live-action remake of animated classics trend, most notably Disney classics.  I’m warning you now that Cinderella comes out next March with Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.  Second, I’m also not thrilled with changing the story for marketing sake.  In the case of Maleficent, Disney went for a better reaction, especially…

Back in the Day: “Say Anything” (April ’89)

In my continuing series called “Back in the Day,” we visit a teen classic.  Please pay a visit to The Cinematic Katzenjammer to read all about the real “biggest loser.” Say Anything (1989) Written and directed by Cameron Crowe Starring John Cusack and Ione Skye “…an honest reveal of what happens when losers take a…

“12 Years a Slave” – Film Review (A+)

    I was warned before watching 12 Years a Slave that it would be graphic and painful to watch.  It was.  I was told Chiwetel Ejiofor was equally worthy as Matthew McConaughey for his Best Actor Oscar in Dallas Buyers Club.  He was.  More than a generation ago, I watched Roots, which to me…

Back in the Day: “Dead Calm” (April ’89)

      In this week’s “Back in the Day,” we pick on, I mean, look at a good thriller that was Nicole Kidman’s breakthrough role as a damsel in distress – and wet clothes – aboard a yacht with a lunatic.  Back in the 80’s, many a teenage boy scoured the HBO guide to…

“American Hustle” – film review (A-)

American Hustle is about 2 hours 18 minutes long.  I’m very certain you’re going to love the first 2 hours 5 minutes.  After that, well, opinions will differ.  The film opens with the graphic “Some of this actually happened.”  Although the film uses the term “Abscam,” the story is a very loose translation of the…

Back in the Day: “Her Alibi” (Feb. 1989)

If you happen to remember seeing this bad 1989 film, all I can say is someone owes you two hours of your life back.  It’s my latest dig into the past for my series called “Back in the Day.”  To read the rest, click on the movie poster below…

Kumaré – film review (B+)

Vikram Ghandi.  That’s the most guru-like name you’re likely to ever hear, and it’s a real name.  The guru part?  Well, that’s different.  This Ghandi was born and raised in northern New Jersey and speaks English as well as anyone.  But when he wants, he can make you think he’s straight from India.  In fact,…

“About Time” – film review (C)

I have said many times that I love time-travel stories.  I also have a great affinity for Rachel McAdams and British humor/humour, so I expected to very much enjoy About Time.  The problem is that with the same brush with which writer/director Richard Curtis used to paint some originality with time travel, he also painted…

Moon – film review

“Starting a story is easy.  Finishing it is not.”  – Me. “A story goes like this:  Have a character.  Put him up a tree.  Throw rocks at him as he tries to get down.  Eventually, he needs a ladder to get down.  But if that ladder doesn’t make sense, your story sucks.”  – a college…