Drama

Dear Jane Campion,

Benedict Cumberbatch has an excellent shot at an Oscar nomination/win. I wanted to thank you for adapting Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel and directing The Power of the Dog (2021). Your films feel like good books that beg to be analyzed. Take The Piano (1993), for instance, your signature film for the past thirty years. I […]

Dear Jane Campion,
Comedy

The French Dispatch (2021)

Title – The French Dispatch (2021)  Director – Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket)  Cast – Bill Murray, Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Jeffrey Wright, Timothee Chalamet, Owen Wilson  Plot – A collection of stories that form integral parts of an American newspaper set in a French city.  “All great beauties withhold their deepest secrets” Review […]

Film Review – The French Dispatch (2021)
Comedy

Happiest Season (2020) Movie Review

A New Christmas Favourite Director: Clea DuVall Writer: Clea DuVall, Mary Holland (Screenplay) Starring: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, Alison Brie, Mary Holland, Dan Levy Plot: A holiday romantic comedy that captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not […]

Happiest Season (2020) Movie Review

Comedy

Billy Wilder’s “Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)”

There’ve been a few attempts, over the decades, to rewrite the history of Billy Wilder’s 1964 clunker “Kiss Me, Stupid.” It’s “underrated” thanks to a winning Dean Martin as “Dino” (Dean Martin) performance, worth re-assessing because of a risque late scene Wilder was forced to edit out, somehow worthy of elevation because of its satiric […]

Classic Film Review: Billy Wilder’s “Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)” reconsidered
Comedy

Licorice Pizza (2021)

Paul Thomas Anderson once again returns to the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s — however, unlike his previous film set there, Boogie Nights (1997), his latest effort, Licorice Pizza, is a gentler and hazier movie that rests its heart on its sleeve in numerous ways. The year is 1973, and fifteen-year-old […]

Licorice Pizza (2021)
Drama

Holiday Classics: “Penny Serenade” (1941)

When I first became interested in classic film, I’d stalk the forums on tcm.com in an attempt to seek out movies to watch. Anytime the subject of tearjerkers came up, it seemed like the first and most discussed movie was a film that would likely have otherwise flown under my radar: the 1941 drama “Penny Serenade,” directed […]

Holiday Classics: “Penny Serenade” (1941)
Comedy

The National Board of Review Names Licorice Pizza The Best of 2021

The National Board of Review just announced their picks for the best of 2021 and, while many thought they might go with West Side Story or The Power of the Dog, the NBR instead announced that their pick for Best Picture was Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza! In fact, Power of the Dog went curiously […]

The National Board of Review Names Licorice Pizza The Best of 2021
Crime

Romeo Is Bleeding

Peter Medak’s blistering neo-noir was not what I was looking for when I saw it on a late-night cinema screening at my local flea-pit back in 1993; it might have been tough and violent, but the story was also the absolute opposite of what I was hoping to see as a young man. Rather than […]

Romeo Is Bleeding
Comedy

The French Dispatch (2021), A Love-Letter to Journalism

One common recurrence you see on Twitter is people being shocked to learn that Wes Anderson was born and raised in Houston, Texas. This, no doubt, is because of the very European aesthetic that he conjures in his films, while this has certainly become more pronounced with his more recent films like The Grand Budapest […]

The French Dispatch (2021), A Love-Letter to Journalism
Drama

The Power of the Dog

Montana rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) is from an era where the measure of a man had little to do with character and everything to do with perceived toughness. Filled with stories from the various harrowing cattle drives he led with his brother George (Jesse Plemons), as well as those with his deceased mentor Bronco […]

The Power of the Dog
Comedy

The French Dispatch: The Wes Anderson to End All Wes Andersons’

I was so excited to see this, better late than never! The Plot;The film is set within the universe of a fictional 20th-century magazine, based in a beautiful make-believe French city. We meet many characters who have many stories to tell, all of which make up the sections within the next issue of The French […]

The French Dispatch: The Wes Anderson to End All Wes Andersons’
Drama

The Power of the Dog (2021) Review

Time: 126 Minutes Age Rating: Animal cruelty & content that may disturb Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank Kirsten Dunst as Rose Gordon Jesse Plemons as George Burbank Kodi Smit-McPhee as Peter Gordon Thomasin McKenzie as Lola Genevieve Lemon as Mrs. Lewis Keith Carradine as Governor Edward Frances Conroy as Old Lady Director: Jane Campion […]

The Power of the Dog (2021) Review
Comedy

RUSHMORE (1998)

Directed by Wes Anderson Written by: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson Produced by: Barry Mendel, Paul Schiff Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Bill Murray, Brian Cox, Seymour Cassel, Mason Gamble, etc. *** CONTAINS SPOILERS *** Having recently written positively about my favourite films of Wes Anderson I was spurred […]

MEMORABLE FILM CHARACTERS #6 – MAX FISCHER – RUSHMORE (1998)
Comedy

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

A pretty popular student, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) cannot go on a date until her ill tempered sister Katarina (Julia Stiles) gets a date too, and that responsibility falls to mysterious Patrick (Heath Ledger). I had only seen Ledger in his role of William in the film Knight’s Tale, so when this film popped up on […]

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Comedy

The French Dispatch

Sometimes things just click: Cookies and milk, peanut butter and jelly, a burger and fries. Yet somehow it took this long to finally realize the commonalities and perfect pairing that is Wes Anderson and The New Yorker — it feels almost too perfect. They certainly share some sensibilities; call it an appreciation of the finer […]

The French Dispatch – Movie Review
Comedy

“The French Dispatch” (2021)

Only a few filmmakers can deliver a heavy concept and an intelligent story using a humoristic approach. Whether it’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr Fox, Isle of Dogs, or The Royal Tenenbaums, Wes Anderson has created a unique collection of films with a peculiar approach to storytelling – […]

Film Review: “The French Dispatch” (2021)
Biography

Nashville Film Festival 2021: “Spencer”

Photo by Pablo Larraín ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5. Everyone wants to be wealthy, live in a palace and be part of a royal family. Indeed, there’s financial independence but it’s the freedom that is often lost. Because every move of the royal family members will be under scrutiny, highly publicized and photographed by […]

Nashville Film Festival 2021: “Spencer”
Comedy

TIFF 2021: “I`m Your Man”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5. Life in the 21st century is more like being on the phones and laptops with no human interaction whatsoever. Even passing by restaurants, you find people staring at the blue screen more often than using words. It’s sad but becoming our reality. And things can only change if we […]

TIFF 2021: “I`m Your Man”

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