An Open Letter to Mike Flanagan

Spoilers Follow I want you to know how much I enjoyed your miniseries adaption of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel, The Haunting of Hill House. All story elements were tied-up at the end. The door that could not be opened leading to different rooms for different people was inspired. It had many scary moments. OK, Doctor […]

Terminator: Dark Fate: What Else?

Terminator: Dark Fate bears the visual stamp of James Cameron, regardless of the screen credit. Cameron understands a good action sequence is made with little bits of film; shots of only a few frames, that when edited together moves the action faster than the eye can behold, creating the action more in the mind of […]

Downton Abbey (2019)

Film Title

Downton Abbey (2019)

Synopsis

The story of the Crawley family in the early 20th Century in England

Director

Michael Engler

Cast

Matthew Goode
Tuppance Middleton
Maggie Smith
Michael Dockery
Elizabeth McGovern
Kate Phillips
Allen Leech
Laura Carmichael

The Triumph of the Servant’s Hall It begins with news of a royal visit and ends with a waltz. In between you see romance, duty, honor, intrigue, respect for tradition and hope for the future. You hear that rarity in today’s movies, literate dialogue. It is a joy to watch. The cinematography has natural look […]

The Kid (2019)

Film Title

The Kid (2019)

Synopsis

A young boy witnesses the encounter between Billy The Kid and The Sheriff.

Director

Vincent D'Onofrio

Cast

Jake Schur
Ethan Hawke
Leila George
Chris Pratt
Dane HeHaan
Vincent D'Onofrio

We are in familiar territory here. The story of Billy the Kid has been told several times. Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid suffered from confused story with actors too old for the characters they played. Kristoffer Kristofferson was 37 and looked 47, far too old to play the 21 year old Billy. […]

A Look Back At Kevin Costner and His Westerns

Dances with Wolves. Welcome to Fort Sedgewick (1990) We are introduced to Costner’s Lt. Dunbar as he lay on the surgeon’s table somewhere in Tennessee, waiting to have a foot removed before it goes the way of all gangrene.In those days amputation was the treatment for severe arterial or bone damage. A bone smashed by […]

Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Film Title

Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Synopsis

A struggling writer is forced to use a mobster’s untalented girlfriend to get it produced

Director

Woody Allen

Cast

John Cusack
Dianne Wiest
Jack Warden
Joe Viterelli
Rob Reiner
Chazz Palminteri
Tracey Ullman

In the spirit of full disclosure I must confess I am a Woody Allen fan. I was a fan of his stand-up comedy, and was delighted when he moved into making motion pictures. His brand of humor was stamped on Take the Money and Run, and Bananas. Love and Death was a satire on bleak […]

Another Look: War of the Worlds (2005)

Film Title

War of the Worlds (2005)

Synopsis

The Earth is invaded by GoPros on tripods. Tom Cruise’s toe fungus saves the World.

Director

Steven Spielberg

Cast

Tom Cruise
Dakota Fanning
Tim Robbins
Miranda Otto
Justin Chatwin
Rick Gonzalez

When I was young, a science fiction fan had to find his fix of quality SF in magazines like Galaxy, If and Analogue, or paperbacks from Ace. The screen was largely a desert for science fiction. Oh, you had things like The Thing, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Forbidden Planet. 2001. Some of […]

Another look at Quinten Tarantino, and The Hateful Eight

I saw The Hateful Eight upon its release a few years ago, despite the fact it was a Quinten Tarantino film. I am not a fan of his, but it was advertised as a Western and I am a huge fan of Westerns. However, considering Ruthless’ own Goat seems to like it, I allowed it […]