If you enjoy movies like “All The President’s Men “and “The Big Short” where scandals are exposed through investigating fraudulent finance, HBO’s “Bad Education” makes for engrossing entertainment.Continue reading
If the coronavirus has you spending more time with Netflix than you’d like and the usual fare of film choices just isn’t cutting it, try one of Netflix’s own film productions to reaffirm your faith in ‘public enemies’ being defeated: “The Highwaymen” is an engaging, cat-and-mouse drama that tells the story of how legendary bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were brought to justice after a two-year crime spree.Continue reading
With a background in the “Saw” and “Insidious” movie franchises, writer/director Leigh Whannell puts enough clever twists into the classic tale of “The Invisible Man” to keep you interested but its Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia that makes you believe this disappearing act.Continue reading
With the Oscars being presented on Sunday, February 9th, I like to focus on the films and performances that I found most memorable. In keeping with the tradition of the late Siskel & Ebert’s “If We Picked the Winners,” here are my standouts for 2019 using the nominees in the main Academy Award categories. While others try to second-guess Oscar politics with who ‘should win’ or ‘will win,’ I like to keep it simple. In case you missed any of them, these are the films and performances I’ll remember- simply put, these are the ones:Continue reading
Thanks to our fascination with mob stories, Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is a film that actually gets better as it goes along. Based on Charles Brandt’s book “I Heard You Paint Houses” recounting the experiences of hitman Frank Sheeran (Robert DeNiro), the yarn yields a sizeable knot- Sheeran may know what happened when Hoffa disappeared in 1975. Was Sheeran involved? Finding out is the hook that grabs you.Continue reading
There’s one movie I find myself watching every Halloween. For me, it’s a movie that strikes all the right chords in its blend of horror, creepiness, and scares. It features a smart, compelling story, actors I like who are given clever, humorous dialogue with obscure references to recite, film direction filled with creepy cutaways and insane imagery, and, in my mind, the granddaddy of all movie monsters. It’s one of the most overlooked and underrated horror movies ever made; a movie easily passed off as just another cheesy sequel- but it’s the real deal, a genuine continuation of arguably the scariest movie ever made. Written and directed by the man who created the original “Exorcist,” it’s William Peter Blatty’s 1990 film, “Exorcist III.”Continue reading
Comic book fans may feel like the joke is on them watching “Joker” but what the movie lacks in substance, it makes up for in style.
As the origin story for Batman’s arch nemesis, “Joker” immediately takes you out of fantasy and into gritty reality with a character study of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix).Continue reading