Nosferatu (1922)

Film Title

Nosferatu

Synopsis

The first real vampire movie ever made is still terrifying

Director

F.W. Murnau

Cast

Max Schreck
Alexander Granach
Gustav von Wagenheim
Greta Schroder
George H. Schnell

It has now been a century since the release of the first real vampire movie, F.W. Murnau’s somewhat loose adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. In Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, the names of characters were changed, along with many plot details, and still there was a lawsuit brought by Stoker’s heirs, and a […]

The Mask (1994)

Film Title

The Mask

Synopsis

A supernatural mask turns a bank clerk into a bizarre Super Hero

Director

Chuck Russell

Cast

Jim Carrey
Cameron Diaz
Peter Riegert
Peter Greene
Amy Yasbeck
Richard Jeni

It is over-stating the obvious that actor Jim Carrey is an acquired taste. He has a legion of fans that adore him and probably an equal number that find him as annoying as Forrest Gump. Love him or hate him, it cannot be denied that Jim Carrey has some serious, unique talent. Carrey has starred […]

Creepy Shit

I s’pose there’s only one time I had the shit creeped outta me. Granddad was in a nursing home and one night we got the call that he was on the way out. I went with dad and sat in a room as death came to play. Granddad was wired, unaware of his family alongside […]

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Film Title

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Synopsis

How to make magic boring

Director

David Yates

Cast

Eddie Redmayne
Jude Law
Mads Mikkelson
Ezra Miller


We are often faced with choices in life that we wish we could go back and choose again. While walking into the screening of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, I was presented with a choice of schwag for the film – would I like a movie poster or a reusable, cloth grocery bag? As […]

The Lost City

Film Title

The Lost City

Synopsis

Pretty Dumb, but no, wait, pretty dumb.

Director

Aaron Nee - Adam Nee

Cast

Sandra Bullock
Channing Tatum
Daniel Radcliffe
Brad Pitt
Da'Vine Joy Randolph

“The Lost City” – Pretty, but dumb. No, wait, that’s pretty dumb. Have you ever been to a comedy show or open mic night where the comedian absolutely bombed? That’s what The Lost City is, but with a little bit of silly action and a lot of hammy acting. I’m not saying it is completely […]

Ezra’s 2022 Oscar Predictions

No, I am not trying to guarantee this will help you win your Oscar party betting pool or whatever. This is just one film cricket’s best guesses, with a little hedging of the bets in the form of a second place guess in some categories, and highly tainted by emotion in others (such as any […]

Reacher (2022)

Film Title

Reacher

Synopsis

Reacher rolls into a small Georgia town and immediately finds trouble. Big trouble.

Director

Nick Santora

Cast

Alan Richson
Willa Fitzgerald
Malcomb Goodwin
Bruce McGill
Chris Webster
Hugh Thompson
Martin Roach
Willie C. Carpenter

Reacher is an action series available from Prime Video and is based on books by Lee Child. I watched and am reviewing the first 8 episodes of Season One, which aired on Prime Video Feb. 04 2022. Reacher stars a bulked up, jacked up and totally bad-assed Alan Richtson. He is huge. Bigger than Dolph […]

Deep Water

Film Title

Deep Water

Synopsis

That’s definitely not a candy bar floating in the pool

Director

Adrian Lyne

Cast

Ben Affleck
Ana de Armas
Tracy Letts
Dash Mihok
Brendan C. Miller
Rachel Blanchard

“Deep Water” – That’s definitely not a candy bar floating in the pool. One of the first things they teach students in screenwriting class is to write a sympathetic protagonist so the audience has someone to root for. Apparently, the writers of Deep Water – Zach Helm and Sam Levinson – missed that week of […]

Not Taking The Michael

Some talented actors appear to have a bitch of a time choosing a worthwhile script. It’s almost as if a load is dumped in front of them, they close their eyes and pick one. Travolta’s a prime example, having appeared in nine thousand flicks but only a handful of classics since he first got going […]

The Verdict

Film Title

The Verdict

Synopsis

A nearly washed-up alcoholic attorney has one last shot at greatness

Director

Sidney Lumet

Cast

Paul Newman
Charlotte Rampling
Jack Warden
James Mason
Milo O'Shea
Edward Binns
Roxanne Hart

I know that in my reviews I often need to rescue myself from the perils of redundancy. Nevertheless, I will state it again; Paul Newman is and was a superstar, a Top-5 actor of all time. A quick search reveals the ugly reality that most list-makers do not share this opinion. None of this is […]