The Tender Bar

The Tender Bar is based on the novel and bestselling memoir by JR Moehringer. It follows JR as he comes of age in the early seventies amongst his extended family in Long Island, NY. An absent father opens the door for an relationship with JR’s Uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck). Uncle Charlie owns the local wateringContinue reading “The Tender Bar”

Licorice Pizza

I say it too often, but the trailer was one of the reasons I was so excited to see Licorice Pizza. It really is an art form to capture the tone of a film in under three minutes. Also I’m a fan of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s past work, especially Punch Drunk Love. The filmContinue reading “Licorice Pizza”

The Matrix Resurrections

Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) are taking us back behind the green pixelated curtain of The Matrix – or are they? The opening is familiar, with shape shifting agents bringing us that feeling of déjà vu – we’ve seen this before. The action comes on quickly and introduces a new blue-haired character, BugsContinue reading “The Matrix Resurrections”

West Side Story

West Side Story the Musical (1957) was one of the LPs I used to listen to on my mom’s record player way before I saw the 1961 film. I think I was around 11 or 12 when I realized how much emotion came through the music. The lyrics told a story, and there was thisContinue reading “West Side Story”

The Power of the Dog

The opening pace of The Power of the Dog is very slow. So slow that I gave up after about thirty minutes. I did like the music. I kept seeing posts about Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance, so I gave it another shot. This time I didn’t get as caught up in the pace or my lackContinue reading “The Power of the Dog”

Don’t Look Up

An astronomer (Leonardo DiCaprio) and PhD candidate (Jennifer Lawrence) from Michigan State University discover a meteor is hurdling toward Earth. The planet has just over six months until total destruction. It’s not supposed to be funny, but director Adam McKay brings us a satirical look at our cultural subservience. Framed as a narrative on climateContinue reading “Don’t Look Up”

Tick, Tick…BOOM!

Tick, Tick…Boom is a musical movie adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical one-man show of the same name. Starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Lin Manuel Miranda, the film explores life, love, and art in Greenwich Village, NY. The film rhythmically bounces between the performance of the one-man show and Jonathan’s journey of writing a newContinue reading “Tick, Tick…BOOM!”

Belfast

Writer/Director Sir Kenneth Branagh carries us through some delightful childhood memories in the film Belfast. The setting is mostly an intimate, single street that is home to families that know each other and take care of one another. Through the optimistic eyes of Buddy (Jude Hill), we watch a working-class Protestant family navigate their ordinaryContinue reading “Belfast”

Eternals

Director Chloé Zhao rounds up a diverse, cosmically aligned collection of heroes in the MCU’s latest release, Eternals. The Eternals are a celestially developed alien race who have lived secretly on Earth for over 7,000 years. They were sent to protect humans from an extra-terrestrial enemy called The Deviants. After they accomplish this mission, theyContinue reading “Eternals”

Army of Thieves

Having caught up on the latest episode of Succession, I stumble upon Army of Thieves in Netflix’s top lineup. What comes next is an addictive, eye-catching journey of praise and appreciation, along with a second screen experience. That’s only because I am beside myself with the amazing cinematography opening up on screen, and the brilliantContinue reading “Army of Thieves”