Un Coeur en Hiver (1992) (A Heart In Winter)

Film Title

Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)

Synopsis

A French movie about violins and impossible love.

Director

Claude Sautet

Cast

Daniel Auteuil
Emanuelle Beart
Andrew Dussollier

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I was asked what was a great movie about love? Now I’m no expert on love, but I do recognize great films every once and awhile. Check out this magnificent French film. Available at Prime Video. This is a wonderful French film, and not your usual love story. Boy, it’s never a good thing to […]

Ezra’s Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2020

Allow me to be the absolute first to say, 2020 was a strange year, and not least of all for movies. Beyond the fact that I no longer work in the industry after 20 years of doing almost nothing else for a living, there came a time about a month ago when critics began dropping […]

The Trial of the Chicago Seven – A Few Good Men

Film Title

The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Synopsis

The story of seven people on trial after the violence at the 1968 Democratic Convention

Director

Aaron Sorkin

Cast

Eddie Redmayne
Alex Sharp
Sacha Baron Coen
Jeremy Strong
John Caroll Lynch
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Mark Rylance

As I write this, it is January 2021. A few days ago, rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, attempting a violent insurrection of the U.S government, fueled at its core by anger, hatred, and lies. That event is still very raw for us, and in some ways, it made watching this movie very uncomfortable. It sparked […]

The Legacy Of Silent Film

When Louis and Auguste Lumiere first showed their short film The Arrival of a Train in 1895, they certainly had no inkling that, almost a hundred years later, it would be the film-within-a-film in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Nor could Carl Theodor Dreyer have suspected that his 1928 feature The […]

Diary Of A Serial Killer-aka Rough Draft (1998)

Film Title

Diary Of A Serial Killer

Synopsis

Transvestites and serial killers

Director

Joshua Wallace

Cast

Gary Busey
Michael Madsen
Arnold Vosloo
Reno Wilson
Julia Campbell

Right from the opening frame of the 1998 straight-to-video thriller Diary of a Serial Killer (aka Rough Draft), it is obviously a cheesy affair. The score, with its heavy saxophone wailing and bombastic drum-machine track, feels more like something from the 80s than the late 90s, and the rest of the movie feels the same way. Our protagonist, […]

Dragged Across Concrete

Film Title

Dragged Across Concrete

Synopsis

Two suspended cops must go bad to make a living

Director

S. Craig Zahler

Cast

Mel Gibson
Vince Vaughn
Tory Kittles
Michael Jai White
Don Johnson
Fred Melamed
Jennifer Carpenter
Laurie Holden

S. Craig Zahler has been accused, even by those who (rightly) praised his first two features, of harboring a reactionary worldview, and Dragged Across Concrete feels like his response to this criticism in much the same way that The House That Jack Built felt like Lars Von Trier’s response to critics who see his work […]

My Year in Movies – 2020 Edition – Worst. Year. Ever

Here are some quotes that have not aged well, due to 2020 being a rotten asshole of a year. “Luckily, we haven’t gone so far down the rabbit hole that we all can’t sit in a theater and enjoy a film together.” “As usual, and despite the continued predictions that a fill-in-the-blank-enemy will force theaters […]

My Spy: Pet Peeves Edition

Film Title

My Spy

Synopsis

9 year olds, dude

Director

Peter Segal

Cast

David Batista
Chloe Coleman
Parisa Fitz-Henley
Kristen Skaal
Ken Jeong
Greg Bryk

One of my wife’s biggest movie pet peeves is when kids are smarter than adults. While some kids are most definitely smarter than some adults, this theme almost always goes way too far when asking you to suspend your disbelief. Home Alone, Rookie of the Year, The Goonies, Spy Kids, Holes, any of the Harry […]

Wonder Woman 1984: Gloves Off

Film Title

Wonder Woman 1984

Synopsis

Easily the worst movie of the year

Director

Patty Jenkins

Cast

Gal Gadot
Kristen Wilg
Chris Pine
Pedro Pascal
Robin Wright

“Wonder Woman 1984” – Dick move (or, just fast forward to the good part). Wretched. I tried to think of the most appropriate adjective to describe Wonder Woman 1984 and…wretched. And I was looking forward to this film. Yes, I know – this is a DCEU movie we are talking about; I should know better. […]

Wonder Woman 1984

Film Title

Wonder Woman 1984

Synopsis

Wonder Woman in 1984 is a film that is underwhelming

Director

Patty Jenkins

Cast

Gal Gadot
Kristen Wilg
Chris Pine
Pedro Pascal
Robin Wright

Life is good but it can be better Maxwell Lord(played by Pedro Pascal), says the above line multiple times in the film and this can be easily used to describe the film “WW84 was decent but it could have been so much more“ Wonder Woman 1984 was a highly anticipated sequel to the first Wonder […]