Faye (Dale Dickey) lives alone in a trailer currently parked at a campsite overlooking a view so gorgeous it’s hard to believe it is real and not a matte painting of the type employed as background in old Hollywood westerns. She lives simply, always finding the perfect song for the moment on her old transistor […]
Film TitleA Love Song
A woman living in a small trailer in the rural West waits for man from her past
Benja K. Thomas
Marty Grace Dennis
It is a sad truth in life that you can’t watch movies all the time. Believe me, I know, I’ve tried. So, is there an alternative? I’ve tried to maintain my dedication to the ideal of ”Cinema is my religion and the theater is my church” (a line I borrowed from Victor Hugo. He was […]
When I was growing up in the UK, Lionel Richie’s Hello hit number one for six weeks. In its accompanying video our mustachioed singer perves on a pretty blind girl, if not stalks her. Oh, and to make things just that bit iffier, he’s her drama teacher. “I’ve been alone with you inside my mind,” […]
Film TitleThe Zero Theorem
A talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem
‘You’re quite insane, Mr. Leth…’ They say that to really understand someone, you need to see inside their house. If the same thing goes for movies and minds, I think I like Terry Gilliam. He was once a member of the legendary Flying Circus of Monty Python, and since then wrote, among other things, the […]
Film TitleDead Man's Shoes
Bullies beware of a returning soldier.
“God will forgive them. He’ll forgive them and allow them into heaven. I can’t live with that.” So says our heartbroken, self-loathing main man in an ominous voiceover at the start of this revenger. And, of course, he finds ‘them’ and does a wee bit more than issue a stern telling off. Sounds like formulaic […]
During the 70s the British film industry churned out more than twenty sitcom-based flicks, probably more than any other country in the world. I’m gonna put my cards on the table and declare the vast majority as dire. Fucking dire. It didn’t stop Joe Public from flocking to see them, though. A handful, such as […]
Get Carter remains a fave, a bleak foray into porn, familial ties, corruption, contract killers, revenge and pollution all set in a decaying city. Often hailed as one of the greatest British gangster movies, it’s the viewing equivalent of a kick in the solar plexus from a dirty, steel toe-capped boot. Amazingly, it was assembled […]
White Hunter, Black Heart, a novel by Peter Viertel Decision Before Dawn, a film directed by Anatol Litvak White Hunter, Black Heart, a film directed by Clint Eastwood Peter Viertel was the kind writer Hollywood enjoyed in the 1930s and 1940s. Expats, mostly Jews, who had fled Hitler and were welcomed in Tinsel Town and […]
A pilot is forced to land a storm-damaged commercial plane in a war zone.
“Plane” – A better movie than January deserves. After the disappointing but perfect-for-January M3GAN, I fully expected Plane to be perfectly January as well. Plane stars Gerard Butler. We don’t need any other information than that to set our expectations. Butler’s filmography contains thirty-eight films (not including Plane or animated films) and just eight of […]
So, you think you can dance?
Jen Van Epps
Brian Jordan Alvarez
“M3GAN” – So you think you can dance! As with Violent Night, I went into M3GAN expecting exactly what the movie ended up delivering – a doll committing murders. The difference between Violent Night and M3GAN is that Violent Night leaned all the way into its absurdity and premise, while M3GAN kept having second thoughts […]