Tag Archives: Drama

Green Book

INSPIRED BY A TRUE FRIENDSHIP. In the early 1960s, New York City bouncer Tony ”Lip” (Viggo Mortensen) is hired by an African-American concert pianist (Mahershala Ali) for a tour through the Deep South; he’ll serve as a driver and security. This reality-based dramedy tackles 1960s race relations along the lines of Driving Miss Daisy (1989) … Continue reading Green Book

Beautiful Boy

A TRUE STORY OF ADDICTION, SURVIVAL AND FAMILY. Belgian director Felix van Groeningen’s first English-language film is a drama inspired by a real story, combining two perspectives in one script. The Sheff family’s struggle with drug addiction was chronicled in two books, written by the young man who goes through this hell, and his father … Continue reading Beautiful Boy

First Reformed

As a New York priest (Ethan Hawke) begins to gather his thoughts in a diary, he’s trying to help a man who’s deeply worried about climate change… Paul Schrader’s most lauded movie in years shares many similarities with Winter Light (1963), but fans of the director will recognize his themes and style. The pastor has … Continue reading First Reformed

House of Angels: The Mystery Granddaughter

IT’S NOT EASY BEING A BIG-CITY WOMAN IN A SMALL-MINDED TOWN. It was the best Sweden had to offer in 1992. Winning the local equivalent to Oscar’s Best Picture, House of Angels was sent to Hollywood but it never caught fire and wasn’t even nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. A German comedy called Schtonk! … Continue reading House of Angels: The Mystery Granddaughter

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

When J. Edgar Hoover suddenly dies in 1972 and is replaced by a man with improper ties to Nixon’s White House, FBI special agent Mark Felt (Liam Neeson) becomes increasingly frustrated. The beginning of the Watergate scandal was depicted in All the President’s Men (1976); this far less effective film follows the man who became … Continue reading Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Brexit: The Uncivil War

MEET THE MAN WHO ALTERED THE HISTORY OF BRITAIN. Political strategist Dominic Cummings (Benedict Cumberbatch) is reluctantly drawn into action after two years away from Westminster; now he’s tasked with heading the Leave campaign in the upcoming Brexit vote. Based on thorough research, this TV movie examines the national mood during the run-up to the … Continue reading Brexit: The Uncivil War

Vice

THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY. In 2015, Adam McKay successfully depicted the 2008 financial crisis in The Big Short; this is another satirical look at a dark chapter in American political history. The rise of Dick Cheney gets a completely irreverent treatment, with amusingly dim-witted and mean-spirited performances by Sam … Continue reading Vice

I Am Curious: Too Sexy for U.S. Customs

When this film reached the United States in the late 1960s, there was controversy. U.S. Customs had the film impounded and it remained in their hands until 1969 when the Second Circuit Court of Appeals finally decided that the film wasn’t obscene. By then, I Am Curious (Yellow) had garnered lots of attention, especially since … Continue reading I Am Curious: Too Sexy for U.S. Customs