Aronofsky:Mother!

The Ornithologist

Anti Matter

John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs

Chronically Metropolitan

Detroit

Brave New Jersey

Good Fortune

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The Emoji Movie

Aronofsky:Mother!

You won’t meet many film fans who are ambivalent about Darren Aronofsky. Love or hate, his films are extreme in concept and execution. It looks like the upcoming psychological horror film Mother! with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem will keep that tradition alive and creepy. Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer are also featured and they … Continued

The Ornithologist

The films of the Portuguese director João Pedro Rodrigues are usually cleverly mounted to pique curiosity, even if the accessibility of the challenging narratives is sometimes limited. I found To Die Like a Man a worthy experience, regardless of its flaws, and was even more impressed with the mournful The Last Time I Saw Macao. … Continued

Anti Matter

Anti Matter from writer/director Keir Burrows is a science fiction thriller with an intriguing premise and a fantastic payoff at the end, assuming you make it to the end. Ana (Yaiza Figueroa) is an Oxford Ph.D. student experimenting in phase shifting or “teleportation.” The movie starts with Ana successfully phasing a single electron. Ana soon … Continued

John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs

Director John G Avildsen died of pancreatic cancer on June 16th, 2017 at age 81. His last feature length picture was a Jean Claude Van Damme stinker called Inferno in 1999. Avildsen did not approve of Van Damme’s final cut and tried to have his name removed from the film. He died waiting for the … Continued

Chronically Metropolitan

Chronically Metropolitan is a dramedy written by Nicholas Schutt and directed by Xavier Manrique that follows Fenton, an author returning to New York City after a three-year self-imposed exile to San Francisco. Fenton’s father, Christopher (played by the excellent Chris Noth), is a famous author who gets hospitalized after a very morally compromising car accident, … Continued

Detroit

Judging from the thin layer of sweat on pretty much everyone’s faces, Detroit is scorching during the summer of 1967. Season is obviously a factor, but also driving up the heat are Motown tunes that have listeners swaying and – rather grimly – fires from the riots that are spreading citywide. Eventually, the temperature is … Continued

Brave New Jersey

In 1938 on October 30th, Devil’s Night, Orson Welles radio broadcast of War of The Worlds  shook up the world.   The panic gripped New Jersey particularly, where the Mercury Radio Theater announced invading Martians had landed in Grover’s Mill New Jersey and were destroying the countryside with a devastating heat ray weapon. Quoting from … Continued

Good Fortune

I remember this episode of Shark Tank vividly. Inventor/farmer Johnny Georges present his invention, Tree T Pee. It is a tent placed at the base of a tree, that acts as a self-contained irrigation system. It reduces a young tree’s water needs from 25,000 gallons a year to 800 gallons. The sharks were eager to … Continued

The Emoji Movie

Imagine a world where Hollywood doesn’t know what to feed children in between Pixar’s latest outings so they dive into your iPhone and come up with the brilliant plan to make a feature-length film out of those yellow smiley things you sometimes use to emphasize a point or make your text message a little more … Continued