The Other Side of Hope has its moments, but…

C+ Drama with comic elements Written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki This Finnish film about refugees and those that help and hinder them runs along two very different story threads. Both of them have their good points, but they conflict so badly with each other that they don't really work together. The strongest thread follows … Continue reading The Other Side of Hope has its moments, but…

Darkest Hour finds the light to push on through

A Historical drama Written by Anthony McCarten Directed by Joe Wright Dunkirk showed us a soldier's point of view of the disaster-turned-victory that saved England from Nazi conquest. Darkest Hour covers much of the same history, but from the point of the nation's leader - the newly-appointed Winston Churchill. We go into this rousing story … Continue reading Darkest Hour finds the light to push on through

The Shape of Water: A great film comes from The Black Lagoon

A Horror thriller Written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor Directed by Guillermo del Toro Only Guillermo del Toro could make a grand, romantic, suspenseful, and horrifying sequel to The Creature from the Black Lagoon. And in doing so, The Shape of Water brings up issues concerning military overreach, the abuse of science, and … Continue reading The Shape of Water: A great film comes from The Black Lagoon

The Divine Order: Women’s suffrage finally comes to small-town Switzerland

B+ Historical drama Written and directed by Petra Biondina Volpe Switzerland fought women's suffrage longer than other western democracies. Women didn't get to vote in that tiny country until 1971, and they had to wait another twenty years before they could vote in all elections. This feel-good drama about that struggle places the fight not … Continue reading The Divine Order: Women’s suffrage finally comes to small-town Switzerland

Bill Nye: The science guy tries to save the world

A- Biographic and environmental documentary Directed by David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg You probably already know about Bill Nye. He's the silly-looking dude with the bowtie who talks about science and often appears with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. In the 1990s, he had his own children's show: Bill Nye the Science Guy. The sympathetic documentary, Bill … Continue reading Bill Nye: The science guy tries to save the world