Category Archives: Amazon Prime

Vikings (2013-2020)

The History Channel’s flagship series Vikings aired its last episode in December. And though this celebrated work is finally in the history books, its legacy will live on. It isn’t your stereotypical “this is one of the best shows ever” series. It isn’t trying to be anything other than itself. And that’s okay. Vikings is, […]

Vikings (2013-2020)

TIFF 2021: “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain”

Rating: 4 out of 5. A true artist never connects with the real world. In fact, he/she creates one’s own where all others can join in to admire the brilliance of their craft. Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch) is extremely talented. He is qualified to do all sorts of jobs, if he wishes to. His […]

TIFF 2021: “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain”

Jolt

The Premise: Lindy (Kate Beckinsale) suffers from Intermittent Explosive Disorder, which causes her anger, and indeed even mild annoyance, to turn into deadly violence. When provoked, she snaps, and good luck surviving her wrath as the extra cortisol makes her stronger and faster than any mere human. After a childhood spent as a lab rat, […]

Jolt

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

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)

Boxing in Japan before the cherry blossoms are “In Full Bloom”

One hundred and twenty-seven years of boxing pictures, and a little indie film comes along and shows us the ring in ways we haven’t seen before. “In Full Bloom” is a patient, simple post-war parable of fighters — cultures in collision, dreams and disappointment. It’s set in Japan and is filled with beautiful images of […]

Movie Review: Boxing in Japan before the cherry blossoms are “In Full Bloom”

First Glance: “Coming 2 America”

It’s hard to believe it’s been thirty-three years since Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall let loose in “Coming to America”. That John Landis comedy was a surprise hit that ended up being 1998’s third highest grossing film at the US box office. Over the years it has maintained its legions of fans mainly due to […]

First Glance: “Coming 2 America”

One Night in Miami – Review

One Night in Miami is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. By I. Simon Actors going onto directing features often tends to fascinate me, a reason being that I like seeing whatever they might’ve learned from directors they’ve worked with and how they apply that to their own feature. In the case of One Night […]

One Night in Miami – Review

Amazon Prime In February 2021

Amazon next month (February 2021) plans to add 58 new TV shows and movies to its Prime streaming lineup, including six originals. The new titles will include Bliss, an Amazon original movie starring Owen Wilson as a recent divorcee who meets a homeless woman (Salma Hayek) who believes her world of poverty is a computer…

Amazon Prime In February 2021: 58 New Titles

Film Review – One Night in Miami (2020)

One Night in Miami (2020)

Director – Regina King (The Finest)

Cast – Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr., Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree

Plot – A fictionalized account of the night of February 25th 1964, a night where cultural icons Malcolm X (Ben-Adir), singer Sam Cooke (Odom Jr.), NFL player Jim Brown (Hodge) and […]

Film Review – One Night in Miami (2020)