Pearl (2022)

Film Title

Pearl

Synopsis

What’s wrong with Texas? Everything

Director

Ti West

Cast

David Corenswet
Mia Goth
Emma Jenkins-Purro
Alistair Sewell
Matthew Sunderland
Tandi Wright

“Pearl” – Houston, we have a problem. When I walked out of the theater after watching Pearl, my initial response to “what did you think?” was “I was bored.” What I couldn’t articulate at the time was why I found the film boring. On the drive home, my thoughts kept circling around the fact that […]

Duel In The Sun (1946)

Film Title

Duel in the Sun

Synopsis

A hot Pearl Chavez is torn between two very different brothers. 

Director

King Vidor Otto Brower William Dieterle

Cast

Jennifer Jones as Pearl Chavez
Joseph Cotten as Jesse McCanles
Gregory Peck as Lewton "Lewt" McCanles
Lionel Barrymore as Senator Jackson McCanles
Herbert Marshall as Scott Chavez
Lillian Gish as Laura Belle McCanles
Walter Huston as Jubal Crabbe, The Sinkiller
Charles Bickford as Sam Pierce
Harry Carey as Lem Smoot
Charles Dingle as Sheriff Hardy
Sidney Blackmer as The "Lover" of Mrs. Chavez
Butterfly McQueen as Vashti
Otto Kruger as Mr. Langford

David O. Selznick wanted another big blockbuster like Gone With the Wind. He had room for plenty more Oscars on the ego shelf where his awards were available for all to ”ooh and aah” and offer praise like, ”You did a hell of a job on that one, Mister Selznick”. There for all to see, […]

Barbarian

Film Title

Barbarian

Synopsis

Just say no to AirBNB

Director

Zach Cregger

Cast

Georgina Campbell
Bill Skarsgard
Justin Long
Matthew Patrick Davis
Richard Brake

“Barbarian” – My eyes! MY EYES!!! There are a couple of film genres that I generally try to avoid. One genre is comedies that rely on embarrassment humor. Meet the Parents and Anger Management are two prime examples of comedies that I did not find amusing in any way, shape, or form. In fact, my […]

The Last Movie Star

Film Title

The Last Movie Star

Synopsis

An aging movie star faces the reality of his career and choices

Director

Adam Rifkin

Cast

Burt Reynolds
Chevy Chase
Ariel Winter
Clark Duke
Ellar Coltrane
Al-Jaleel Knox
Nikki Blonsky

Anyone who was alive in the last century has to be aware of Burt Reynolds. He burst on the scene as the arrow-slinging hot hunk in Deliverance and then was immortalized in Smokey And The Bandit as a Coors Beer runner who stayed just ahead of the venerable Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford. After that, […]

Slap Shot (1977)

Film Title

Slap Shot

Synopsis

A failing hockey team finds its footing with a trio of Hanson Goons

Director

George Roy Hill

Cast

Paul Newman
Michael Ontkean
Strother Martin
Steve Carlson
David Carlson
Jeff Hanson
Jennifer Warren

Every time I think of hockey, I am reminded of my late, great friend, Ed Arndt. Ed was a friend luckily met from the Fidonet era, in the early 90s, before the internet was what it is today. A bunch of us guys would go to the hockey games at the Memphis Mid-South Coliseum. I […]

Hell Or High Water

Film Title

Hell Or High Water

Synopsis

A duo of brothers rob small town banks to save the family farm

Director

David Mackinzie

Cast

Jeff Bridges
Chris Pine
Ben Foster
Gil Birmingham
Dale Dickey

I had been intending to watch this movie for a long time. I was intrigued by that famous gas station fight scene, which I ran across on YouTube. I’ve probably watched it over a half a dozen times, and it is a very satisfying seeing some young punk getting a well-deserved comeuppance. Let me get […]

Beast

Film Title

Beast

Synopsis

I’m not a lion tamer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night

Director

Baltasar Kormakur

Cast

Idris Elba
Martin Munro
Chris Langa
Leah Jeffries
Iyana Halley

“Beast” – I’m not a lion tamer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. I often wonder what it is about any given movie that makes people like or dislike it. For example, I recently screened Emily the Criminal, a movie so uninteresting and lacking entertainment value that every time I […]

Good Will Hunting

Film Title

Good Will Hunting

Synopsis

A young genius struggles with his past, his potential and his relationships.

Director

Gus Van Sant

Cast

Matt Damon
Robin Williams
Ben Affleck
Casey Affleck
Stellan Skarsgard
Minnie Driver
Cole Hauser

Good Will Hunting is a movie written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and was directed by Gus Van Sant. It also starred the late and legendary Robin Williams who won an Oscar for his memorable performance. Damon and Affleck also won the Oscar for Best Writing and Screenplay. This movie is almost 25 years […]

Bullet Train

Film Title

Bullet Train

Synopsis

Five would-be assassins take a train ride

Director

David Leitch

Cast

Brad Pitt
Sandra Bullock
Michael Shannon
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Zazie Beets
Joey King
Brian Tyree Henry

“Bullet Train” – Come on ride the train. As I struggled to come up with a theme for my review of Bullet Train, I skimmed through other, early reviews for ideas. To my surprise, Bullet Train has divided other critics almost right down the middle (currently sitting at 53% positive on Rotten Tomatoes; 49 on […]

Prey

Film Title

Prey

Synopsis

We can still see you Mr. Predator guy

Director

Dan Trachtenberg

Cast

Amber Midthunder
Dakota Beavers
Dane DiLiegro
MIchelle Thrush
Mike Paterson

“Prey” – We can still see you Mr. Predator guy. I don’t know who is clamoring for more Predator movies, let alone one that takes place in colonial America, but Prey is the latest installment in the Predator franchise. Clearly, neither does Twentieth Century Studios, as Prey is going directly to Hulu+. Do they really […]