Monthly Archives: May 2015

Fame Drain: List For Week Ending May 31, 2015

Fame Drain: List For Week Ending May 31, 2015

The films on this week’s list cover the more difficult sides of fame-trying to find it (Sweet Smell of Success), trying to keep it (All About Eve), trying to deal with the pressure it causes (Love and Mercy). It’s not easy being famous, or at least, that’s what we want to believe. Maybe that’s why we keep watching films with this theme.

Boogie Nights
Boogie Nights

This is not an all-inclusive list. Reader suggestions are welcome and encouraged! If you know an addition to this list, please write to us using this comments below.

 

Film Review: Love and Mercy

Film Review: Love and Mercy

You don’t have to be a Beach Boys fan to like Bill Pohlad’s Love and Mercy, though it’ll help. The film, which juxtaposes two periods in the life of troubled composer Brian Wilson, won raves at last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival. Although I think there’s a lot to like in Love and Mercy, I’mContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: My Favorite Year

Film Appreciation: My Favorite Year

This is another on the list of films that I watch every so often, just because they get better with each viewing. It’s beautifully written, with a wonderful message, and it’s also extremely well cast. My Favorite Year is great fun from start to finish. We hear our protagonist, Benjy Stone (Mark Linn-Baker) before weContinue Reading

Film Review: I’ll See You In My Dreams

Film Review: I’ll See You In My Dreams

Blythe Danner gives a standout performance as retired teacher Carol Peterson in Brett Haley’s indie dramedy I’ll See You In My Dreams. Carol, who’s been widowed for twenty years, leads a well-ordered life with her yellow lab, Hazel. Her daughter lives away and rarely calls. She sees her three friends (Mary Kaye Place, Rhea Perlman,Continue Reading

Film Appreciation: Summertime

Film Appreciation: Summertime

David Lean’s 1955 film Summertime contains two remarkable portraits. The first is Katherine Hepburn’s Jane Hudson, an unmarried secretary who goes to Venice for her long-awaited holiday. She carries a book, Venice-City of Romance, and that’s exactly how Jack Hildyard photographs the place. It looks like one postcard after another. By her own admission, JaneContinue Reading

Certain-Age Love: List For Week Ending May 24, 2015

Certain-Age Love: List For Week Ending May 24, 2015

This week’s list contains films with lovers who don’t have to worry about being carded. They’ve hit the infamous “certain age”. But there’s a silver lining-they have each other! Not intended as an all-inclusive list. Reader participation is welcome and encouraged! If you know a film that would make a good addition to this list,Continue Reading

Film Review: Reality

Film Review: Reality

If you’re into absurdity that may or may not be satire, I’ve got a film for you. Quentin Dupieux’s new film Reality is like Videodrome without the agenda, or Mulholland Drive Lite. It’s the perfect film to show college students during finals week. Early in the film, a little girl named Reality (Kyla Kenedy) watchesContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: Videodrome

Film Appreciation: Videodrome

A Clockwork Orange of the 1980s”- Andy Warhol David Cronenberg’s Videodrome is a dark and utterly irresistible film about the corrupt CEO of a small TV station. Anxious to find exciting content for viewers, he investigates a broadcast signal that claims to show acts of extreme violence. Everything backfires when he experiences Videodrome (the broadcastContinue Reading

Far Out! List For Week Ending May 17, 2015

Far Out! List For Week Ending May 17, 2015

The films on this week’s list do more than tell a story. In several cases, they push the narrative envelope to its absolute limit. Why? Because they can-and should. Without these filmmakers, cinema would get stale and repetitive. So, here’s to the risk-takers! This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list. Reader contributions areContinue Reading

Film Review: Alex Of Venice

Film Review: Alex Of Venice

Actor Chris Messina makes his directing debut with Alex of Venice, an intimate portrait of an attorney dealing with the breakup of her marriage. It’s been called a reverse Kramer versus Kramer, but I think this is largely inaccurate. Alex never takes us into the mechanics of divorce. It is more concerned with the processContinue Reading