Category Archives: Movies

A Star Is Born: How Esther Found Vicky Lester

IS THE PRICE OF STARDOM A BROKEN HEART? We tend to think of this film as the most symbolic version of the Hollywood dream, powerful enough to have been remade several times. But before A Star Is Born, there was What Price Hollywood? (1932), a George Cukor drama about an aspiring actress who meets an … Continue reading A Star Is Born: How Esther Found Vicky Lester

Dead Again

A MYSTERY ABOUT TRUE LOVE… AND CERTAIN DEATH. Los Angeles private eye Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) tries to learn the identity of a woman (Emma Thompson) with amnesia and finds ties to a spectacular 1949 murder… An interesting early noir story from writer Scott Frank, bombastically (perhaps a tad overdone) staged by Branagh in his … Continue reading Dead Again

The Wind Rises

In 1920s Japan, young Jiro Horikoshi dreams of building planes and heads to an engineering school in Tokyo; his work will also take him to Nazi Germany… What was originally called Hayao Miyazaki’s last film before retiring is not for children, but an animated biography of the man who built the fighter planes that Japan … Continue reading The Wind Rises

Captain Blood: Rise of a Buccaneer

HIS SWORD CARVED HIS NAME ACROSS THE CONTINENTS – AND HIS GLORY ACROSS THE SEAS! In the mid-1930s, swashbuckling turned out to be lucrative in Hollywood. After the success of a few movies on that theme, Warner went back to their silent era and figured that a movie they made back in 1924 (which is … Continue reading Captain Blood: Rise of a Buccaneer

Elsa & Fred

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE. 80-year-old Fred Barcroft (Christopher Plummer) is moved against his will into an apartment in New Orleans; his neighbor is a slightly younger woman (Shirley MacLaine) with a completely different outlook on life… A remake of a 2005 Spanish-Argentine movie where opposites attract, but that doesn’t mean everything goes smoothly. The two … Continue reading Elsa & Fred

The Goodbye Girl: Another Odd Couple

HE’S MOVING IN… SHE’S MOVING OUT… IT’S LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT! On a recent episode of Billions, two of the characters were talking about qualifying for the Traveling Wilburys, the band consisting only of legends like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison. They agreed that in the world of acting, Jack Nicholson would be … Continue reading The Goodbye Girl: Another Odd Couple

The Angry Birds Movie

WHY SO ANGRY? On Bird Island, Red, who’s attending an anger management class, becomes suspicious of a boat full of green-colored pigs that arrives one day; what are they after…? After the success of The Lego Movie (2014) there would obviously be more attempts to take a lucrative commercial franchise and try to make something … Continue reading The Angry Birds Movie