Baby’s Day Out

Film Title

Baby's Day Out

Synopsis

A kidnapped kid is lost. Who cares?

Director

Patrick Read Johnson

Cast

A baby
Another baby
A bunch of other people we've never heard of

As anyone who has read my in-depth review of Beethoven knows, family movies from the 1990s are often covert founts of darkness and despair, sometimes to the point that it is nigh impossible to see them any other way. Another great example of this curious phenomenon is the 1994 film Baby’s Day Out, which depicts […]

All Is True

Film Title

All Is True

Synopsis

The final days of the magnificent Bard

Director

Kenneth Branagh

Cast

Kenneth Branagh
Ian McKellen
Judi Dench
Nonso Anozie
Lolita Chakrabarti



In his autobiography LittleWilson and Big God, Anthony Burgess ( for those of you who did not know, his complete name was John Anthony Burgess Wilson. Furthermore, for those of you who do not know, he was author of A Clockwork Orange, Tremor in Intent, The End of the World News, among many other  novels, […]

Birdemic: Shock And Terror

Film Title

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

Synopsis

An inept attempt at cashing in on Hitchcock’s masterpiece.

Director

James Nguyen

Cast

Alan Bagh
Whitney Moore
Tipi Hedren (archive footage)
Other random people off the street

Birdemic: Shock and Terror was clearly made without the benefit of anyone who knew absolutely anything about filmmaking within a hundred yards of the set. Witness production values and acting that make Tommy Wiseau’s notorious 2003 classic The Room look like a legitimate masterpiece. Witness sound editing and mixing apparently done by a pair of […]

Matters of Survival: A Note on In a Lonely Place & Bigger Than Life

In a Lonely Place (1950) and Bigger Than Life (1956), two of Nicholas Ray’s finest films, are about two men made to feel “ten feet tall” in order to survive. For Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart) in Place, it happens in a war; World War II, to be precise. For Ed Avery (James Mason) in Life, […]

Beethoven (1992)

Synopsis

A slobbering St. Bernard must be saved from the perils of a nefarious Vet who is determined to experiment on animals

Director

Brian Levant

Cast

A slobbering St. Bernard Dog
A bunch of other people

Despite evidence to the contrary, much of it written by me, I am not a monster. Like virtually any human being, I have certainly been known to find dogs charming, but I am happy the building in which I live only allows cats because I would rather see my neighbors’ pets than hear them, and […]

Carnival Of Souls (1962)

Film Title

Carnival Of Souls

Synopsis

A woman’s life becomes disturbingly bizarre after she walks away from a horrific car accident.

Director

Herk Harvey

Cast

Candance Hilligoss
Frances Feist
Art Ellison
Sidney Berger
Stan Levitt

Carnival of Souls is one of the 50 horror movies included in the Amazon movie bundle (still available!) that I purchased years ago. Most of those movies were more laughable than horror, and really cheesy affairs, like The Beast Of Yucca Flats. Others were well made and effective, even if they were low budget. The […]

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 […]