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KUBRICK @Feature #4: 1957’s Paths of Glory

This was the one that cemented Stanley’s trajectory. I watched it again last week, on a Netflix issued DVD. Not the new Criterion Blu-ray, as I had hoped. Was this only the 2nd time I’ve experienced “Paths of Glory”? I believe so. And the first was probably a copy I taped via VHS off of […]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Nominated for Best Sound Mixing at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 89th Annual Academy Awards The geek pleasure was palpable for me this time. I can’t say the same for last year. Of course, by last year I’m referring to 2015’s long-awaited “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. “Nostalgia […]

Manchester by the Sea

Nominated for Best Picture at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Actor (Casey Affleck) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Director (Kenneth Lonergan) at […]

Weiner

It’s an extraordinary, fly on the wall, political documentary, and I have no doubt that most viewers will not be able to take their eyes off of the screen. It’s barely 90 minutes…and I wish it was six hours. I never watch so-called “reality” shows. For one thing, once that camera is on you–reality goes […]

Hidden Figures

It’s honestly such a thrill to me, that a movie about three independent, intelligent African-American women, is kicking ass at the box office. And actually toppling “Rogue One”, no less! Plus, it did this with a relatively low budget, while pushing some well-known white actors to the background. I love it. If only it was […]

The Edge of Seventeen

The cast is extraordinary, and the screenplay so sharp, that I want to forgive some obvious directorial flourishes, and some avoidable predictability and neatness. It’s better when it’s messy. Because being a teenager is messy. Nothing should be neat, and wrapped up perfectly…because it almost never is. “The Edge of Seventeen” is a very good movie, that […]

Moonlight

“Moonlight” is probably THEE most acclaimed film of 2016. Not only are critics embracing it, but it’s been popular with art film audiences too. And its accolades are mostly deserved. For its quiet and tender moments, as well as some superb performances, I LOVE “Moonlight”. Of course, there’s also the all-too-familiar cliché roles, given to […]