The Northman

The Northman is a whole mess of a story to talk about. And let me preface this by saying I’m obviously not the target for this film. But I saw it, and I felt things. The movie starts out with a King (Ethan Hawke) returning home to his wife (Nicole Kidman) and young Prince AmlethContinue reading “The Northman”

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Nick Cage is a Massive Talent. So much so, that Super-fan Javi (Pedro Pascal) offers him one million dollars for an appearance at a birthday party. Of course, that sounds beneath him, until Cage finds himself in need of cash after his latest failed audition. He takes the offer and majestically jumps into the middleContinue reading “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once – that feeling when everything is happening to you all at the same time? When everything is so out of our control we feel almost like victims. Maybe we attribute it to a celestial occasion – a moon wobble or Mercury Retrograde, to try and explain it. But could itContinue reading “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

C’mon C’mon

C’mon C’mon brings Uncle Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) and his nephew Jesse (Woody Norman) together to explore family connections and the ways we interpret the world around us. It’s beautifully shot in black and white by director Mike Mills, providing an intimate but casual backdrop to a heartfelt and emotional script. Johnny is a radio journalistContinue reading “C’mon C’mon”

2022 Best Picture Nominees

It’s very rare that I have the opportunity to see all of the Best Picture Nominees prior to the Oscars. I was able to do it this year – but I am still missing some of the other categories. The two questions I always have is: Who do I want to win? and Who doContinue reading “2022 Best Picture Nominees”

Drive My Car

I’ll admit I didn’t get through Drive My Car in one sitting. It’s a long, slow-burn movie, and you have to really pay attention to the subtitles. Can’t sit on the computer surfing while you’re watching this one. Hidetoshi Nishijima plays YĆ»suke Kafaku, a theater director who is still coping with his wife’s death andContinue reading “Drive My Car”

The Kindness of Strangers

While it might lack overall believability, The Kindness of Strangers does share some authentic moments. It reminds me that we have no idea what people going through, and we should always choose kindness. Clara (Zoe Kazan) has escaped an abusive husband and arrives in New York City with her two boys in tow. Calling itContinue reading “The Kindness of Strangers”

The Batman

Am I allowed to say how confusing it is that The Batman releases in 2022 when I have already been through several Batman variations? My favorite of which (off the top of my head) is Michael Keaton as Batman with that glorious Prince soundtrack. There was one with Val Kilmer. And of course, there’s specialContinue reading “The Batman”

House of Gucci

So I go into this expecting that surely a story about the Gucci family will be captivating beyond the fashion and brand recognition of it all. Especially with this cast – I mean the family must have a fabulous creative history, right? And then the first party scene opens with beautiful costumes and a dazzlingContinue reading “House of Gucci”

Cyrano

I’m still hoping to see all of the nominated films prior to the Oscars, so I was excited that Cyrano (Costume Design Nominee) hit theaters this weekend. That famous original story of imposter syndrome carried through the ages with varying levels of interpretation. While I have read and seen other adaptations, somehow it escaped myContinue reading “Cyrano”