Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Disobedience, Vagabond, A Song is Born & Pope Francis

Two films about religion, one about music, and another about the end of the hippies. Three of these four films were made by world-respected great directors, and all three disappointed. B+ Disobedience (2018), Albany Twin What do you do when your former husband marries your former lover - and all within a very close, religious community? … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Disobedience, Vagabond, A Song is Born & Pope Francis

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Isle of Dogs, An American in Paris & A Man for All Seasons

I see a lot of films for very specific reasons - they're part of a film festival, I'm reviewing them, and so forth. The others are ones that I just want to see…or see again. Here are three of those others: A- Isle of Dogs (2018), Cerrito After the whimsy of Moonlight Kingdom and The Grand … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Isle of Dogs, An American in Paris & A Man for All Seasons

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Death of Stalin, I, Tonya, A Night at the Opera, The Little Foxes, & Thoughts That Once We Had

Somehow, despite all these film festivals, the Chaplin Diary, and Blu-rays, I've still found time to just go to the movies (or watch them at home). Here are five, listed from best to worst. A- The Death of Stalin (2017), Shattuck Few historical deaths can create as much merriment. Once their General Secretary is dead, the … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Death of Stalin, I, Tonya, A Night at the Opera, The Little Foxes, & Thoughts That Once We Had

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Black Panther, Phantom Thread, Marty, & Way Down South

Four more films, in order from best to worst. Two are about white people. The other two are mostly about black people. A Black Panther (2018), Grand Lake Theatre Yes, it's revolutionary. In the age of Trump, Hollywood gambled on making a huge-budget superhero movie with an almost entirely black cast, set largely in a fictional … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Black Panther, Phantom Thread, Marty, & Way Down South

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The 3 + 4 = 7 Musketeers

It seems sacrilegious to write about swashbucklers on Martin Luther King's birthday. I suppose I should put up a column about non-violent resistance or the African-American experience. On the other hand, Alexandre Dumas - the author of the original novel - is almost certainly the most commercially-successful European novelist of African descent. That should count … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The 3 + 4 = 7 Musketeers

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Call Me By Your Name, The Last Jedi, & A Matter of Life and Death

It's been almost four weeks since my last Movies I've Recently Seen article. What with the holidays, house guests, and revisiting films I've already written about, it took a long time for me to get around to watching three new-to-me films. Finally, here they are: A Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Grand Lake Theatre This … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Call Me By Your Name, The Last Jedi, & A Matter of Life and Death