Encounter

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There’s few things more annoying than the cinematic bait and switch; setting up the idea of one movie in the minds of an audience, then delivering something else. Sometimes it’s because film-makers or studios change their minds, or sometimes the product doesn’t fit the marketplace; delivering a trailer for Sweeney Todd that provided no hint…

Encounter

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THE UNFORGIVABLE (2021): The Things I Liked…

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I’m glad that Sandra Bullock said yes to The Unforgivable, a well-executed tale of one woman’s journey to reconnect with her sister after finishing a twenty-year prison sentence. Directed by Nora Fingscheidt, what stood out immediately, in addition to the excellent performances, is how engaging the story is. I cared about Bullock’s character and couldn’t wait for […]

THE UNFORGIVABLE (2021): The Things I Liked…

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Bye Bye Bye – Red Rocket (2021)

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Tough homecoming. So this is about out-of-work porn star Mikey Saber (Simon Rex). He is out of options, so he is forced to return to his small Texas hometown. He has a résumé that makes him unemployable in the world of standard jobs, so how can he possibly get his life together? Now I would […]

Bye Bye Bye – Red Rocket (2021)
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Duck, You Sucker! (1971) – The False Facades of Heroism and Revolution

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“When I was young I believed in three things: Marxism, the redemptive power of cinema and dynamite. Now I just believe in dynamite.” – Sergio Leone The great Italian director Sergio Leone was and remains one of the titans of international cinema. Despite such a meager output of only seven films (eight if one were […]

Duck, You Sucker! (1971) – The False Facades of Heroism and Revolution
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