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My Emmy Predictions 2017

Tonight is the Emmys; the clip above from Entertainment Tonight shows Stephen Colbert in promos for the awards show, which will air on CBS. As usual, Emmys were handed out a few nights ago at the Creative Arts show, with Melissa McCarthy winning Comedy Guest Actress for her hilarious work as former White House Press Secretary … Continue reading My Emmy Predictions 2017

Big Little Lies

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIE. A star-studded miniseries that takes us to an affluent Monterey community and primarily its women. At first, we in the audience learn that police are investigating a murder but the victim remains a secret to us until the last episode. What plays out before that is a stylishly directed soap opera … Continue reading Big Little Lies

The Legend of Tarzan

A NEW THREAT AWAITS. In the late 19th century, an English nobleman (Alexander Skarsgård) returns to the Congo that he left behind a long time ago on a mission to investigate suspected Belgian slave trade. Tarzan has returned to the big screen many times before, and in different shapes; this 3D adventure doesn’t change the … Continue reading The Legend of Tarzan

The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

San Francisco, 1976; 15-year-old Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) embarks on an affair with her mom’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård) and starts taping a diary… After turning the graphic novel into a play (and starring in it), Marielle Heller made her directing debut with this screen adaptation that uses the lead character’s interest in comics as an … Continue reading The Diary of a Teenage Girl

True Blood

Alan Ball followed up Six Feet Under (2001-2005) with something completely different, even if death was a prominent theme on this show as well. The story began after the creation of synthetic blood, which made it possible for vampires to stop killing people and try to become regular citizens. Focus was on a telepathic waitress … Continue reading True Blood

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

Straw Dogs

EVERYONE HAS A BREAKING POINT. Los Angeles screenwriter David Sumner and his wife Amy (James Marsden, Kate Bosworth) move to the Mississippi small town where she grew up, but run straight into a conflict with the locals. There’s an irony in having a character who’d never write cheap horror stories appear in a movie that … Continue reading Straw Dogs

Four Best Iraq War Movies

On Hardball with Chris Matthews last Tuesday, writer Wayne Slater suggested that Republicans are finally coming to terms with the fact that the Iraq War was “mismanaged”, which was quite the understatement in Matthews’s eyes. Ten years after U.S. troops rolled into Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist, America is trying to … Continue reading Four Best Iraq War Movies

Battleship

The battle for Earth begins at sea. The international naval exercise RIMPAC turns deadly serious when aliens crash into the Pacific and try to establish a communications base in Hawaii. Director Peter Berg summons his inner Michael Bay for this dumb, loud blockbuster version of the simple board game that is now owned by Hasbro … Continue reading Battleship

Melancholia

  As a giant planet called Melancholia may or may not collide with Earth, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) is about to get married but is overcome with depression. In Lars von Trier’s perhaps most obvious attempt to tackle his personal experiences of depression onscreen, he does it in the shape of a moody disaster movie. Divided into … Continue reading Melancholia

Metropia

SOMEONE IS LISTENING TO YOUR THOUGHTS.  In 2024, a huge network of subways has erased the last borders within Europe, but strengthened those against the rest of the world; whenever Roger is inside the complex, he can hear a voice in his head. Director Tarik Saleh ventures into fiction, but it is just as politically … Continue reading Metropia