“Maid in Manhattan” is a formula picture to the fullest. Little happens during its run-time you don’t expect or don’t see coming a mile away. But it’s sweet in its presentation, has likable leads, and gets under your skin by the end. However, despite its formulaic approach, the film’s biggest affront is not a lack […]
It often takes directors without anything to prove to make a statement. We’ve seen this with films written and directed by the same person, such as the late Bill Paxton’s excellent “Frailty.” With the 2009 effort “Mr. Nobody,” written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael, we find a film that blends fantasy and reality, and […]
“Cast Away” explores several themes – themes deeper than the usual lost at sea film – and thus presents a deeper picture than expected at first glance. It’s greatest assets are the desolate island that is its home, and the casting of Tom Hanks – both of which are utilized to near perfection. It starts […]
“It doesn’t matter what I wear, its what I dream.” The powerful line comes from the 2015 Indy film “The Danish Girl” and is spoken by the focal character after an internal bout of revelation, and sums up in a few words the struggle someone with Gender Dysphoria goes through.
The genesis of entertainment that’s based on single people trying in desperation to date in the confines of the concrete jungle of New York City may very well be the 1989 quintessential rom-com “When Harry met Sally.”
From the man who directed “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Chasing Amy” remains one of Kevin Smith’s deepest and best. Smith’s later films have such a way of including zany or larger than life material (“Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Dogma” the best examples of these), that we forget […]
Before Chris Evans starred in “Fantastic Four” or donned the garb of Captain America, he appeared in a film called “London.” In retrospect, the movie would be off color for him…not a lot of machismo or tough guy banter. No heroics. It was a film draped in melancholy, a film that chose exposition and the […]
“Passengers” heralds a simple concept – a sci fi scope with a human element – that is much more complex than it’s been given credit for. It stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as two passengers aboard a spaceship heading toward a paradise called Homestead II, a place for people leaving Earth (full reasons why […]