REVIEW: “Interstellar”

REVIEW: “Interstellar”

While some people may not love his movies, even they would have to admit that Christopher Nolan is a cinematic artist who has given us a number of movies known for their artistry and uniqueness. Personally I find myself smitten with every feature he brings to the screen. Nolan creates experiences. Through breathtaking visuals and … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Key Largo”

REVIEW: “Key Largo”

Bogart and Bacall. Those two names together personified what it once meant to be a Hollywood couple. The two were the talk of the town both for their great chemistry onscreen and their romance off. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall fell in love on the set of the 1944 Howard Hawks film “To Have and … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Ender’s Game”

REVIEW: “Ender’s Game”

It would be easy to lump “Ender’s Game” in with the current trend of science-fiction films centered around young people. These movies seem to be popular now and modern Hollywood has shown it will milk popular trends dry. But while “Ender’s Game” has several elements that puts it in this category, it also does somethings … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Amador”

REVIEW: “Amador”

There’s an intriguing, poignant, and fairly bizarre idea at the center of the 2010 Spanish drama “Amador”. Marcela (Magaly Solier) is a woman struggling to find an ounce of happiness in her life. Her husband Nelson (Pietro Sibille) has promised her the world including owning her own flower shop. But he seems content with running … Continue reading

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