REVIEW: “Prisoners”

REVIEW: “Prisoners”

There isn’t an ounce of Hollywood spectacle or flash in “Prisoners”. Instead Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (in his American movie debut) creates an intense and methodical thriller rooted in an uncomfortable realism. The story is bleak and unsettling and hope, much like the cold wet weather, deteriorates as the movie takes one emotion turn after … Continue reading

REVIEW: “The Heiress”

REVIEW: “The Heiress”

At times William Wyler’s “The Heiress” comes across as an extravagant stage production. That makes sense since it was adapted from the popular 1947 Broadway play. But the original story actually came from the the 1880 novel “Washington Square” by Henry James. Husband and wife playwrights Augustus and Ruth Goetz brought James’ book to the … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Camera Buff”

REVIEW: “Camera Buff”

“Camera Buff” is a 1979 film from Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski about an eccentric and reserved man and his infatuation with his newly purchased movie camera. Jerzy Stuhr brilliantly plays Filip, a loving and content husband who spends two weeks worth of salary on a small 8mm video camera in order to film his new baby girl. Filip is a nervous, circumspect man who you … Continue reading

REVIEW: “My Favorite Wife”

REVIEW: “My Favorite Wife”

How can any true movie fan not love the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s? The once popular genre was recognized for its witty rapid-fire dialogue, wacky situations, bold and brash female leads, occasional slapstick humor, and a feverish battle of the sexes. During this wonderful time for comedies many actors and actresses saw … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Enough Said”

REVIEW: “Enough Said”

“Enough Said” is an interesting romantic comedy/drama from writer and director Nicole Holofcener. It’s one of those films that has magically latched onto critics who were giving it rave reviews. It has one of the highest aggregate scores on Rotten Tomatoes and it has found its way on numerous Top 10 lists from well respected … Continue reading

REVIEW: “The Spectacular Now”

REVIEW: “The Spectacular Now”

It’s rare to find a teen movie that actually treats teens like real people with real problems and real emotions. So often these films peddle juvenile humor and exaggerated stereotypes in place of stronger and meatier stories. That’s why it’s refreshing to find a movie like “The Spectacular Now”. This intelligent and nuanced coming-of-age story … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Escape Plan”

REVIEW: “Escape Plan”

Ever since the release of “The Expendables” in 2010 there has been a resurgence of 80s styled action pictures. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, the two biggest names from that once immensely popular genre, have returned to the big screen with a number of bullet-riddled movies. The two stars join together, bicep to bicep, to … Continue reading