Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

Holy Air

The Price

It Happened in L.A.

Creep 2

Three

Justice League

Wexford Plaza

Wait For Your Laugh

A Murder in Mansfield

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

Music production elder statesman Jon Brewer brings us the beside-the-scenes story of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars guitarist (and so much more) Mick Ronson in his gripping documentary Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story. Even though I’ve been a Bowie fan for decades, it’s new material for me. The first part … Continued

Holy Air

A man confronted with the sudden news of fatherhood is not a new story. The trick is to tell that story in a different way, which is the advantage foreign films in both perspective and tone. In Shady Srour’s Holy Air, the story becomes fresh again as told from the perspective of a Christian Arab man living in Nazareth – “the Arab capital of Israel.” “…Adam has … Continued

The Price

What happens when you’re stuck between drastically different upbringings and experiences? What happens when your children are lost to the ways of a new, and strange land? What happens when you try to make the right choices but end up making the wrong ones anyway? Anthony Onah’s The Price tries to answer at least some … Continued

It Happened in L.A.

There’s a well documented impression of the entertainment business in L.A. being full of shallow narcissists whose intentional ignorance is somehow validated by an excess of cash and conspicuous consumption. I promised myself I would never use the word “Kardashian” in a review but if I could they would be the perfect example. The detached … Continued

Creep 2

The first Creep film was something I heard rumblings about upon its initial release in 2015.  I never got around to seeing it, but it was always on my “I’ll get around to it, eventually” watchlist. When I was given the opportunity to review Creep 2, I took this as a perfect reason to play … Continued

Three

In Lou Simon’s revenge thriller, 3, She (Aniela McGuinness) is the victim, It (Mike Stanley) is the perpetrator, and He (Todd Bruno) is justice. It awakens as a prisoner in the basement of a desolate cabin. Enter a masked He focused on one objective: extract a confession from It. And maybe inflict a lot of … Continued

Justice League

When Batman’s ally in fighting crime Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons) expresses surprise that the Caped Crusader is “playing well with others,” he’s indicating why movies featuring superheroes from the DC universe haven’t been as those featuring characters from Marvel. The folks at Warner Bros. seem to mix and match their meta-humans arbitrarily, as if they’ve … Continued

Wexford Plaza

There’s a sense of melancholy, which permeates almost every frame of Joyce Wong’s feature debut Wexford Plaza, giving the movie an added layer of nuance and depth, while exploring familiar terrain. She is careful in setting the location and crafting the characters, avoiding slapstick and obvious humor as the movie progresses. We’ve seen many movies … Continued

Wait For Your Laugh

In the 80’s, television shows like Match Game, Love Boat, and Hollywood Squares become the final stomping grounds of obscure stars of the past like Paul Lynde, Brett Summers, and Rose Marie. At that time, Rose Marie was the former star of the Dick Van Dyke show and then a regular on Hollywood Squares. “…sheer … Continued

A Murder in Mansfield

At one point in A Murder in Mansfield, Collier Landry, a sensitive L.A. dude with gelled hair, flips through his childhood diary. One line catches his eye: “When I grow up I would like to be a lawyer.” Laughingly noting that this did not come to fruition––Landry works today as a Hollywood cinematographer––the youthful aspiration … Continued