Movie Review: “The Columnist”

Ok, who hasn’t dreamed dark thoughts about some social media troll who’s made disgusting, cruel or hateful comments about something you’ve said, shared or posted? No one, right? There’s something very satisfying about the thought that some thinks-he-or-she-is-anonymous online troll realizing, with shock, that they aren’t protected from their ugly, sometimes violent opinions by “anonymity” […]

Movie Review: “The Columnist” has a REAL problem with hate mail

The Kominsky Method: Season Three Viewer Votes

(Anne Marie Foy/Netflix) Where will Sandy’s life end up in the third season of The Kominsky Method TV show on Netflix? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like The Kominsky Method is cancelled or renewed for season four (in this case, we know season […]

The Kominsky Method: Season Three Viewer Votes

The Awesome Bleakness Of The French Connection

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 8.5 out of 10. This happens to be a great film, yet also an action film, yet also with a deep, dark message. How? In the modern age, it’s sad that all of those are basically exclusive from one another. But, back in the early seventies, The French Connection was just about ready […]

The Awesome Bleakness Of The French Connection

Review: “Those Who Wish Me Dead”

It’s been a minute since Angelina Jolie has starred in a proper adult action movie- in fact, her last one was “The Tourist” in 2010 (god, remember “The Tourist“?). But Jolie is back at it, soon to appear in Marvel’s “The Eternals,” and currently starring in writer/director Taylor Sheridan’s “Those Who Wish Me Dead.” But […]

Review: “Those Who Wish Me Dead”

First Glance: “American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally”

“American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally” is the new film from Michael Polish that tells the story of Mildred Gillars, later given the nickname “Axis Sally”. She was an American broadcaster who shared propaganda over the airwaves for Nazi Germany during World War II. After the war she was taken into custody and put […]

First Glance: “American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally”

Sound of Metal (2019) Film Locations

Filming locations for Sound of Metal starring Riz Ahmed was filmed mostly in and around Massachusetts. Towards the end of the film filming was shot overseas in Antwerp, Belgium. Locations: 7 Hutchinson Dr, Danvers, MA 01923, USA (Hollywood Hits Parking Lot) Google Maps Co-ordinates: 42.553923, -70.932390 US-1, Lynnfield, MA 01940, USA Google Maps Co-ordinates: 42.513934, […]

Sound of Metal (2019) Film Locations

SEX, DRUGS & BICYCLES (2020)

Greetings again from the darkness.  For anyone who still believes documentaries are dry and boring, the cure is this latest from Jonathan Blank, a filmmaker who returns to Holland 25 years after his first documentary, SEX, DRUGS & DEMOCRACY (1994). Entertaining and informative is a terrific blend as Mr. Blank uses interviews, statistics, and animation […]

SEX, DRUGS & BICYCLES (2021, doc)

A dark romantic fantasy, in and out of the water — “Undine”

Not everyone remembers that “Undine” or Ondine is a name from mythology, a water nymph of “The Little Mermaid” variety — one with a great gravitas attached to her love life. With or without that knowledge, the opening “break-up” scene in Christian Petzold’s German fantasy based on that myth is dark and intense. Johannes (Jacob […]

Movie Review: A dark romantic fantasy, in and out of the water — “Undine”

The Shining: The Perfect Lockdown Viewing?

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 8 out of 10. It’s been interesting that while writing all of these reviews, I’ve been surprised how many have been adapted from books: the likes of Misery, Marathon Man, M*A*S*H and Manhunter. Maybe it’s just because they begin with M, but in order to try and break the funk, I’ve gone for […]

The Shining: The Perfect Lockdown Viewing?