The Forgotten Battle

The Forgotten Battle takes us to the Dutch province of Zeeland in the south Netherlands in September of 1944. Zeeland is occupied by the Germans, and houses many families that have chosen cooperative existence, including the Visser family. Teuntje (Susan Radder) is the daughter of a medical doctor who is assisting the Germans, while sheContinue reading “The Forgotten Battle”

Dune

I never read the novel series Dune by Frank Herbert, but I did see the 1984 film version with Sting, and I don’t remember loving it. I imagine the audience this round includes sci-fi fans who have been waiting to “see” this book come to life the right way. And then there’s people like me,Continue reading “Dune”

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi is a new origin chronicle that further expands Marvel Cinematic Universe’s diverse hero landscape. Simu Liu is outstanding as Shang-Chi. He brings artful emotion to ordinary scenes, and beautiful martial arts skills in his defensive encounters. Shang-Chi has a believable and intelligent story arc that reaches back through history, providing a foundation to buildContinue reading “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”

The Many Saints of Newark

The Many Saints of Newark was promoted as a prequel to the long-running and highly acclaimed series, The Sopranos. Young Tony Soprano, Big Pussy, Uncle Junior, Paulie Walnuts, and Silvio before they were front and center every week on our tv screens. The promos leading up to its release are nostalgic in tone, including thatContinue reading “The Many Saints of Newark”

Dear Evan Hansen

I obsessed over the musical Dear Evan Hansen the moment it hit previews on Broadway. I downloaded every available song clip, started following Pasek & Paul, and hovered over the last minute ticket availability. My face is on the posters they plastered outside of the Music Box Theatre and used in online promos. My daughterContinue reading “Dear Evan Hansen”

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

I once saw Tammy Faye shopping at a home store near me. It was striking to see her in person, to realize the face wasn’t just made for TV. Her trademark permanent makeup, crowded eyelashes, and sweet, steady giggle. She was very real. Heritage USA is just down the road from where I live. OurContinue reading “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

David Byrne’s American Utopia

A friend of mine saw Utopia on Broadway right before everything shut down and loved it, declaring it a “must-see.” Others follow with more accolades and praise that I keep stumbling on. I thought of David Byrnes as sort of an eccentric and recall those quirky Talking Heads videos from high school that are stillContinue reading “David Byrne’s American Utopia”

Promising Young Woman

I am not sure why I waited so long to see Promising Young Woman. Maybe the title threw me off. First of all, how great is Carey Mulligan? And the costuming and set palette! It’s ust full of pops of color and a sort of novelty ice cream shop vibe – like California Gurls orContinue reading “Promising Young Woman”

Free Guy

Ryan Reynolds stars as “Blue Shirt” Guy in Free Guy. Guy is a friendly bank teller who happily tends to his daily repetitive routine along with his best friend, Buddy. What Guy doesn’t realize, is that he is a non-playable character (NPC) in an open world video game called Free City. This all changes whenContinue reading “Free Guy”