Pure Luck (1991)

Could there be anyone with worse luck than otherwise ordinary accountant, Eugene? Actually, yes: the daughter of a wealthy businessman, Valerie who recently went missing. With a chemistry that embodies cinematic fixture, the buddy comedy, detective, Raymond is unfortunately paired with the hapless klutz. Together they endure a series of mishaps, each more wacky than […]

Won’t You be my Neighbor? (2018)

“If you take all of the elements that make good television and do the exact opposite, you have ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’. Low production values, simple set, an unlikely star. Yet, it worked.” –Margaret Whitmer While the documentary itself is not particularly remarkable, the subject should never be forgotten. Yet that’s what makes its simplicity perfectly […]

Wrecked (2010)

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 […]

Sunshine (2007)

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.

In Time (2011)

That so many sociological/ psychological/ economical/ political themes are presented in one Sci-Fi action adventure will either intrigue or infuriate you. When and where time is money– literal currency– one of the poorest teams up with one of the richest to become Bonnie & Clyde with a Robinhood complex. Intentionally or not, the story explores […]

Rope (1948)

Everyone is at least familiar with Alfred Hitchcock, especially iconic classics, such as Psycho and The Birds. But for some reason his adaptation of a stage play that’s right up his alley tends to get overlooked. Obviously, there’s dramatic tension in a slashing knife, a flock of pecking birds, or any other bloody spectacle. But […]

Spinning Man (2018)

There’s surprising depth to this Thriller that borders on Post-Modern Noir about a philosophy professor who lives in an endless loop of moral ambiguity rationalized by the principles that led him to push the limits of his questionable decisions in the first place.

Gaslight (1944)

gas·light /`gasīte

verb: to psychologically manipulate someone into questioning their own sanity

Allow me to explain something, yet again: when the dictionary defines a phenomenon you know it’s persistent. You really don’t remember my explanation from the last time we argued about it? When you find out the movie, from which it’s derived showcases none other than Ingrid Bergman you know it’s going to be demonstrated in the most captivating way possible. No, really; Ms. Bergman is a good actress. I’m not being condescending; you’re too sensitive. It’s also interesting to note the movie version was adapted from a stage play. You’re getting confused, again. But at least I’m here to help you, despite these little episodes you keep having. Of course you don’t remember. It’s OK; I’ll help you through it. Trust me—it’s not like you have something I want but are smart enough to keep it concealed.

The Truman Show (1998)

What was ahead of its time—many people dismissed the premise of a TV studio adopting a child, around which a reality show would be taped, as ridiculously exaggerated—may now seem trivial or irrelevant. The lengths to which The Entertainment Industry will go for an audience (not to mention advertising, including product placement) always surprise us for some reason. In light of the births of current celebrity babies—the mothers of whom take future brand identity into consideration when naming them—it might be wise to revisit this movie and consider the impact of a scenario that’s not likely to be hypothetical for much longer.