1917

Film Title

1917

Synopsis

Two young British soldiers are given a critical mission that, if accomplished, will save 1600 soldiers from certain death



Cast

Andrew Scott
Benedict Cumberbatch
Dean-Charles Chapman
George Mackay
John Hollingworth
Richard Madden

1917 is a horror story. It is a journey to hell and back. It ends at the place where it began, in a field of flowers under a tree. It is a story of duty, comradeship and loss. It is a technical marvel. It takes place on April 6, 1917, the day the United States […]

The King (2019)

Film Title

The King (2019)

Synopsis

The young king, crowned by Henry V must manage politics, war, and other issues

Director

David Michod

Cast

Timothee Chalamet
Sean Harris
Joel Edgerton
Tom Glynn-Carney
Ben Mendelson
Steven Elder

I brought two prejudices to watching The King, the new film about England’s Henry V. This was Shakespeare’s Henry V, and the Henry V of history. The King is not Shakespeare, and is certainly not history. It is however, a mildly enjoyable film. In the beginning, the film has Prince Hal or Harry, the future […]

The Trail Boss Ayatollah

Recently I ran afoul of the faithful when I attempted to herd some precious cattle off the Elysium fields of cinema. The result was hurt feelings. Not mine. I know it just a movie but some people insist on putting way too much of themselves into it. They embrace adjectives like, genius, and innovator, phrases […]

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 […]