Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

Film Title

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Synopsis

One of the greatest love stories ever told. A Portrait and two ladies.

Director

Celine Sciamma

Cast

Noemie Merlant
Adele Haenel
Luana Bajrami
Valeria Golino

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a French film written and directed by Celine Scaimma. If ever a movie exhibits the concept of every frame being a painting, this is the one. After seeing Call Me By Your Name, I never thought that I would see a love story as touching and mesmerizing, but […]

Troop Zero

Film Title

Troop Zero

Synopsis

A group of kids work to have their voices heard by aliens. Seriously.

Director

Bert and Bertie

Cast

Viola Davis
Mckenna Grace
Allison Janney
Jim Gaffigan
Charlie Shotwell
Milan Ray
Johanna Colon
Bella Higginbotham

A tale of two movies. Sitting next to each other, in the same theater on the same night, my wife and I saw two entirely different movies. I saw a heartwarming movie with adorable, courageous kids, a solid story, and a tight running time that kept the film from meandering. My wife saw a jumbled, […]

Bad Boys for Life

Film Title

Bad Boys for Life

Synopsis

Two detectives try to relive the glory days.

Director

Adil el Arbi, Bilal Fallah

Cast

Will Smith
Martin Lawrence
Joe Pantoliano
Jacob Scipio
Alexander Ludwig
Charles Melton
Kate del Castillo
Paola Nunez
Vanessa Hudgens

So this is what death throes look like. When I was a sophomore in high school, I was a little too talkative one day during math class. My teacher told me stay after the bell rung, and, once everyone else had left the room, told me I could not leave until I acted like a […]

Dolittle

Film Title

Dolittle

Synopsis

A man who can talk to animals goes on a quest to destroy his career now that Ironman is dead.

Director

Stephen Gaghan

Cast

Robert Downey Jr.
Antonio Banderas
Michael Sheen
Harry Collett
Jim Broadbent
Half of Hollywood (Voices)

Do you smell something? It seems almost unfair to write about Dolittle. Why on Earth would a movie with a $175 million budget and starring Robert Downey Jr. be opening in the armpit of the Hollywood calendar known as January? All the kids are back in school, almost everyone blew all of their spending money […]

Dark Waters

Film Title

Dark Waters

Synopsis

Just another example of blood on the hands of DuPont Chemical

Director

Todd Haynes

Cast

Mark Ruffalo
Anne Hathaway
Tim Robbins
Bill Camp
Bill Pullman

The French born Chemist E. I. du Pont arrived in the United States on January 1st 1800, a symbolic date for several reasons. (Aaron Burr came within a hair’s breadth of becoming president in the election of that year). In 1802 he established a factory in Wilmington Delaware to manufacture gun powder, using the improved formula of […]

Ford v. Ferrari: A Final Look

Film Title

Ford v. Ferrari

Synopsis

Two Guys with some Hot Wheels

Director

James Mangold

Cast

Matt Damon
Christian Bale
Josh Lucas
Tracy Letts
Caitriona Balfe
Remo Girone
Jon Bernthal

The first thing you notice about Ford v Ferrari is the sound, even before the first frame of picture. The telltale sound of motor racing. Cars speeding by. The Doppler effect, changes of perspective, gears changing, the sound of breaks, wheels on the track. The crowds. Sounds there throughout the racing scenes. Sound that puts […]

Underwater

Film Title

Underwater

Synopsis

Monsters chase Kristen Stewart in a pitch-black location, but not in a Twilight way.

Director

William Eubank

Cast

Kristen Stewart
Vincent Cassel
TJ Miller
Jessica Henwick
John Gallagher Jr.
Mamoudou Athie

Seven miles shallow. As I crawl out from underneath a mountain of award-hopeful movies, a look forward at upcoming releases in January reminds me that twenty-five indie/documentary/foreign films in a row isn’t as long as it seems. Bad Boys 3? Gretel & Hansel? Like a Boss? Dolittle? DOLITTLE? Why is Dolittle, a $175 million movie […]

My Year in Movies – 2019 Edition

One is the loneliest number. The previous two years, I have repeated the same opening paragraph in my year-end review – ending the paragraph wondering how aliens hadn’t yet put us out of our misery – and I thought about doing it again. It still applies. Horrible things continue to happen, too many people are […]

Another Look At Some Of The Significant Films Of The Past Decade

The last decade has given the film viewer a tidal wave of sewage in the form of endless remakes, sequels, and a combination of the two with comic book superhero movies. It is just the way the film industry’s way of saying, we’re bereft of imagination and are willing to pander to vulgar tastes of […]

The 50 Most Significant Films of the 2010s: Devon Pack with some Team Ruthless comments

50. True Grit– The 2010 Coen Brothers movie is based on a great American novel by the Arkansas writer, Charles Portis. It is a superior remake of the John Wayne original, which looks pretty bad now by comparison. It was nominated for 10 Oscars and starred the great Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn. 49. The […]