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 […]

Turning Red (2022)

Film Title

Turning Red

Synopsis

Crimson Tide (or a visit from Aunt Flo)

Director

Domee Shi

Cast

Rosalie Chiang
Sandra Oh
Ava Morse
Orion Lee
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
Sherry Cola

“Turning Red” – Crimson Tide (or a visit from Aunt Flo). Turning Red is a movie I’m really torn about. You can be forgiven for not knowing what this movie is actually about if you have only seen the preview. Let me help. It’s about puberty. Specifically, a girl’s first period. What I’m torn about […]

Mitchell (1975)

Film Title

Mitchell

Synopsis

A slob of a cop tries to take down heroin dealers

Director

Andrew V. McLaglen

Cast

Jo Don Baker
Martin Balsam
John Saxon
Linda Evans
Merlin Olsen

It’s a shame Mystery Science Theater wasn’t around when this fiasco was being made. Mitchell was a theatrical flop. If it had been released with the MST3K commentary in 1976, it would have possibly been received positively and became a major hit or at least a cult hit. At least Mitchell could have gotten its […]

A Handful of 80s British Classics

“Don’t threaten me with a dead fish!” Full marks if you can recognize an indignant Withnail trying to be tough with a gruff poacher in a pub. As far as British movies go, Withnail and I gets my vote as the decade’s best alongside the perpetually bewildered Harold Shand in The Long Good Friday. Now […]

The Batman

Film Title

The Batman

Synopsis

The Batman only works in Black, or really dark grey

Director

Matt Reeves

Cast

Robert Pattinson
Zoe Kravitz
Colin Farrell
Paul Dano
Andy Serkis
John Turturro
Jeffrey Wright

“The Batman” – I only work in black. Or really, really dark grey. Batman has had quite the adventure throughout his Hollywood career. Starting way back in 1966 with two dudes wearing their underwear on the outside of their pants, there have been ten live-action films. After that ridiculous (even at the time) depiction, 1989’s […]

Studio 666

Film Title

Studio 666

Synopsis

What are you doing, Dave?

Director

BJ McDonnell

Cast

Whitney Cummings
Foo Fighters
Will Forte
Jeff Garlin
Dave Grohl
Leslie Grossman

“Studio 666” – What are you doing, Dave? If I were a Foo Fighters fan, I might have been genuinely excited about seeing Studio 666. I couldn’t pick a Foo Fighters song out of lineup, but I’m sure I’ve heard some of their late ’90s/early 2000s stuff. I might even have liked a song or […]

House of Gucci

Film Title

House Of Gucci

Synopsis

Patrizia Reggiani marries into the Gucci Family and immediately starts to destroy it

Director

Ridley Scott

Cast

Lady Gaga
Adam Driver
Al Pacino
Jeremy Irons
Jared Leto
Jack Huston

If one were to pen a tale championing the proper way to end a relationship, and forge toward greener pastures, House of Gucci puts forth an exemplary illustration of what calamities to avoid. That is, were it not for the combination of a biopic-period piece serving as the conceit for achieving so. What else can […]

Starring debuts #12: Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967)

Film Title

The Graduate

Synopsis

A newly graduated boy-man tries to make his way in life

Director

Mike Nichols

Cast

Dustin Hoffman
Anne Bancroft
Katharine Ross
Murray Hamilton
William Daniels
Elizabeth Wilson

There’s a scene in The Graduate where Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) is lying supine on a hotel bed while Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft), the sophisticated older woman who’s introduced him to the mysteries of sex, sits alongside clad in a black bra slowly unbuttoning his white shirt and running her hands over his smooth chest. Accompanied by […]