“Is there some reason that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something?” Unofficially based on real world- renowned fashion magazine editor, Anna Wintour, the fictional Miranda Priestly is as tough as they come. She’s also smart, clever and driven; the polar opposite of Andy, a homely but optimistic aspiring journalist, who somehow manages […]
Who’s leading whom– isn’t the dog supposed to wag the tail? Of greatest importance is at whatever a politician is trying to distract you from looking. Incidentally, one time several major Hollywood stars (2 of whom– Oscars winners, no less– received no money up front) shot a feature length film in under a month with […]
As if Martha Plimpton weren’t enough, toss in a gaggle of stars and 80s nostalgia. “I’m just gonna go home and kill myself. You wanna share a cab?” “So I can pass out and wake up alone on New Year’s Day?” When you’re young, lonely and neurotic, New Year’s Eve probably isn’t the best occasion […]
I would say this isn’t for the faint of heart but that might lead you to believe its focus is on the physical trauma of survival. Obviously, injuries from a car crash need more than a band aid and an ice pack. But imagine you woke up trapped in a vehicle. Even worse: without knowing […]
It’s no surprise the quintessential fairytale comes from Europe: a mayor pushing for land development at any cost and two brave kids determined to save their botanical garden home, which flourishes in the presence of an unjustly blamed blue tiger. All the classic elements are there, enhanced by a modern blend of live action and […]
A mesmerizing yet contemplative movie about a mission through space to refuel the dying Sun with a bomb. In place of aliens and lasers battles, breathtaking visuals coupled with a visceral urgency illuminate the self-sacrifice that undergirds its characters’ fierce determination to save Humanity.
Escaping an abuser, particularly one who obsessively aligns the labels on the canned goods and the stripes on the bath towels is nearly impossible; their attention to detail adds additional danger. With just as much precision, this movie foreshadows and metaphorically parallels one woman’s journey towards escape. Like the psychological impact of Hitchcock’s unsettling imagery, this […]
Handsome, Nick Naylor is a lobbyist, i.e. Sultan of Spin for Big Tobacco. He may be charming but his only friends are the self- proclaimed, “MOD Squad” because he, VP of the Academy of Tobacco Studies along with the head of the Moderation Counsel (alcohol) and chairman of SAFETY– Society for the Advancement of Firearms […]
A literary classic got a makeover and the result is immensely satisfying: love, jealousy, greed, betrayal, imprisonment, survival, escape, fencing, disguise, revenge… its classic elements have been dusted off, polished up and freshly painted. All without frivolous embellishments.
A well-meaning online discussion caught my attention: “Name a thoughtful non-romantic gesture by your significant other.” As if the two are mutually exclusive. Kindness and simplicity are vastly underappreciated. Often, excessive public displays of affection hide shallow, insecure relationships. Now we have social media to facilitate overcompensation. In contrast, those with the least appreciate it […]