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”
Drama

Review: “Annette”

Toward the end of Noah Baumbach’s 2019 film “Marriage Story,” Charlie, played by Adam Driver, breaks into an emotional rendition of Sondheim’s “Being Alive” from the musical “Company” while at a restaurant with friends, facing the dissolution of his marriage. It’s a beautiful scene—my favorite in the entire film, actually—and one that made me immediately […]

Review: “Annette”
Movie Reviews

Reminiscence

Why are sci-fi/private detectives are such a common breed? Sure, Blade Runner and its sequel made a nice job of updating Hammett and Chandler to the 21st century but both films flopped hard on release. Their cult status, however, seems to ensure that there’s a steady stream of mob bosses presiding over augmented realities, film […]

Reminiscence
Drama

Metin Erksan / Sevmek Zamanı / 1965

Sinema yönetmen sanatıdır. Erksan dünya çapında ustadır. Bu aralar sevdiğim siyah beyaz filmleri yeniden izliyorum, pek çoğunu yazmışım, yazmadıklarımı da zaman zaman eklemeye gayret edeceğim. Konusunu herkes biliyordur; Halil, Meral’in fotoğrafına aşık olur; Meral, Halil’in aşkına. Mekân, tüm bu öykünün yayıldığı üçüncü bir varlığın ifadesine dönüşür ki Erksan’ın alametifarikası da kendini böyle gösterir. Öykü gözlerimizin […]

Metin Erksan / Sevmek Zamanı / 1965

Drama

Film Review: “The Last Letter from Your Lover” (2021)

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 3.5 out of 5. Who does not like watching love stories? Whether it is with a happy ending or not, it has something to warm our hearts. Remember Arthur Hiller’s “Love Story” (1970) with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal? Or “The Way We Were” (1973) with Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford or the […]

Film Review: “The Last Letter from Your Lover” (2021)
Amazon Prime

The Fortune

Turning up on Amazon Prime’s streaming service like a lost sock, Mike Nichols’ forgotten comedy is a star-powered throwback to the screwball comedy era, top-lined by Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. Comedy and period revivals were a big deal in the 70’s, from What’s Up Doc? To The Sting, but The Fortune, despite an illustrious […]

The Fortune
Comedy

Mallrats (1995)

T.S (Jeremy London) and his friend Brodie (Jason Lee) go to the mall after their girlfriends break up with them. Hijinks ensue. I feel I’m not in on the joke. While I’m aware that Clerks preceded this film I still feel as if I’m wandering in an abyss while everyone praises this film. First, the […]

Mallrats (1995)

Drama

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

In 1946, a London writer, Juliet (Lily James) exchanges letters with a Guernsey farmer, Dawsey (Michiel Huisman) and she begins to learn about what the islanders endured during World War II under German occupation. I read the book on which this film is based a while ago. I’m also (as of August 2020) a resident […]

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
Drama

In the Heights: An Extremely Fun Musical That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

Quick Thoughts: In the Heights is an absolute blast. It puts a smile on your face, and is proof that stage musicals can be successfully translated to the big screen.  Directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D), In The Heights kicks off the summer season with […]

In the Heights: An Extremely Fun Musical That Will Put a Smile on Your Face
Comedy

“Friends” Reunion Teaser Trailer & Release Date

Seventeen years ago the iconic sitcom, Friends, aired its last episode. Fans were delighted last year when it was announced there would be a reunion special to coincide with the launch of HBO Max. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the release date kept being pushed back. Well good news fellow Friends fans! Earlier today the […]

“Friends” Reunion Teaser Trailer & Release Date
Movie Reviews

Movie Review: “The Sleepless” and Lonely Strangers meet in Brooklyn’s Wee Hours

“The Sleepless” is drama and romance at its most elemental and charming — just two insomniacs, meeting and chatting on a long walk through the empty streets of Brooklyn at dawn. Sometimes cute, occasionally touching and generally charming, it won’t go down as one of the great “just a conversation” films. The dialogue doesn’t paint […]

Movie Review: “The Sleepless” and Lonely Strangers meet in Brooklyn’s Wee Hours
Action

Friday Film Club: Baby Driver (2017) & Tramps (2016)

Hi folks and welcome to the The Friday Film Club where both myself and Elwood will be highlighting a film which we feel is worth checking out. At the same time we would love to hear your own selections whether you’re choosing to just name them in the comments section or join us in arguing […]

Friday Film Club: Baby Driver (2017) & Tramps (2016)
Comedy

Farrelly: There’s Something About Mary (1998)

The Farrelly brothers arguably peaked with There’s Something About Mary, a caustic slice of anti-80s nostalgia that marked the precise moment when grossout comedy started to give way to cringe comedy. We start with a parody of the 80s fetish for the 50s – a bucolic neighbourhood, where Ted Stroehman, played by Ben Stiller, is […]

Farrelly: There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Comedy

Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF SPRINGTIME

I reviewed Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF SPRINGTIME for Cinefile Chicago. A restored version opens for a virtual run at the Music Box Theatre today. Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF WINTER (France)Available to rent through the Music Box Theatre hereA TALE OF WINTER is the second film that Éric Rohmer made in his “Tales of […]

Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF SPRINGTIME
Comedy

Golden Voices

Director Evgeny Ruman Staring Mariya Belkina, Vladimir Friedman, Evelin Hagoel Rated M Score 4/6 Victor and Raya Frenkel were the golden voices of the Soviet film dubbing for decades. All the western movies that reached Soviet screens were dubbed by them. In 1990, with the collapse of Soviet Union, the Frenkels decided to do Aliyah […]

Golden Voices
Drama

Lyne: Indecent Proposal (1993)

Indecent Proposal was Adrian Lyne’s spiritual sequel to Fatal Attraction – and it’s a fascinating benchmark for how the erotic thriller had shifted in the previous six years. The genre moved so rapidly, and converged with the straight-to-video market so dramatically, that by 1993 it was already in its final throes – at least as […]

Lyne: Indecent Proposal (1993)
Comedy

King: Sex and the City (2008)

In retrospect, the genuinely great moments of Sex and the City were very few and far between. At its core, the series provided an electrifying vision of female friendship and, on the rare occasions when it genuinely embraced that project, it stood in a league of its own. We saw it in the last minute […]

King: Sex and the City (2008)

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