Movies I’ve Recently Seen: More FilmStruck binge watching

With Thanksgiving finished, I had a chance to watch more movies before FilmStruck goes away. Only three more days left in the best streaming service ever. A Being There (1979), FilmStruck Peter Sellers gave the best performance of his life as Chance, the Gardener (AKA Chauncey Gardner), a mentally deficient TV addict who knows only about … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: More FilmStruck binge watching

Movies I’ve Seen Recently: Lolita, A story from Chikamatsu, Cluny Brown, & The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Here are four more movies I've recently discovered or rediscovered. A Lolita (1962), FilmStruck I'm not sure if Kubrick's take on Nabokov is a very funny tragedy or a very sad comedy, but it's certainly about reprehensible people. James Mason carries the tragic vibe as the intellectual obsessed with a teenage girl but who cares only for himself.  … Continue reading Movies I’ve Seen Recently: Lolita, A story from Chikamatsu, Cluny Brown, & The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: FilmStruck binge watching

I'm not much of binge watcher (except in film festivals), but with FilmStruck closing in a little more than two weeks, I'm been watching a lot. A- The Lion in Winter (1968), FilmStruck An aging King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) has a very difficult Christmas with his bickering family in this medieval, humor-laced drama. Why … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: FilmStruck binge watching

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Mrs. Miniver, First Man, 9 to 5, & The Goldwyn Follies

Here are four more movies I've seen recently that don't fit into any other articles I've written. B+ Mrs. Miniver (1942), Filmstruck William Wyler's first Best Picture winner celebrates the British stiff upper lip during the early months of World War II. These are the sort of people who enjoy a flower show with death all … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Mrs. Miniver, First Man, 9 to 5, & The Goldwyn Follies

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Searching, Desperately Seeking Susan, Heaven Can Wait, & Mr. Blandings’ Dream House

Four more movies that I saw simply because I wanted to see them (or revisit them): A- Searching (2018), Shattuck Yes, it's a gimmick, but it works. The entire film is played on screens within the story: computers, smartphones, television news, with people captured on the many cameras around them. The plot is a basic mystery … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Searching, Desperately Seeking Susan, Heaven Can Wait, & Mr. Blandings’ Dream House

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: BlacKkKlansman, Blindspotting, 49th Parallel, & Dark Victory

My current collection includes one film from Oakland which I saw in Canada, and one about Canada I saw at home in the East Bay. A BlacKkKlansman (2018), California Theatre (Berkeley) Until the very end, this is the most conventional Spike Lee Joint I've seen. But the normal approach was the right one for this very … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: BlacKkKlansman, Blindspotting, 49th Parallel, & Dark Victory

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Summer 1993, 20,000 Leagues, Analyze This, & Henry VIII

Four more movies that weren't in local festivals, and that I didn't officially review. I just paid my ticket (or the home video equivalent) and watched the movie. A Summer 1993 (2017), Shattuck This amazing film about children, but not for children, slipped into theaters below the radar. That's too bad, because it's very much worth … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Summer 1993, 20,000 Leagues, Analyze This, & Henry VIII