1917

  One of the most astounding technical feats in recent cinema actually melts away, in favor of the story. That is rarely the case with technical breakthroughs, but in 1917 the ... Continue Reading →

Just Mercy

In the midst of awards season comes a film that will not be forgotten in the next round. “Just Mercy” tells the story of Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard Law School grad who eschewed ... Continue Reading →

Little Women – The Best of Seven Prior Versions

  Greta Gerwig goes from strength to strength. Her prior film “Lady Bird” met with understandable kudos, and now she offers a Christmas gift with her reworking of ... Continue Reading →

Bombshell – A Very Timely Film

Every so often, the stars align and the timing for release of a film overlaps with headlines on the front pages of the news. In 1979 The China Syndrome was released just as Three Mile ... Continue Reading →

Ford vs Ferrari

  What’s not to like? The story of an American in a cowboy hat tweaking the nose of the uppity Europeans. In this case, it is Texan Carroll Shelby aided by the might of Henry ... Continue Reading →

‘Love Actually Live’ merry blend of stage & cinema, The Wallis Nov. 27-Dec. 29

“Love Actually Live is a wonderful Christmas show. It was catching lightning in a bottle when we did it last year. Now we’re back to capture that magic again,” says Broadway ... Continue Reading →

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Tarantino’s Opus Love Story to 1969 Hollywood – New Edit

Revisionist or parallel history productions are fascinating. Decades ago my kids were exposed to Lion King 1½ (Pumbaa and Timon’s story up front, with Simba’s story in the distance). ... Continue Reading →

The Story of Music on Two Islands – Jamaica, Britain, Ska, Reggae and Punk – “Rudeboy: The Story Of Trojan Records”

The film Rudeboy: The Story Of Trojan Records is a tremendous slice into the history of reggae, which means it is a music history lesson of at least two islands: Jamaica and Britain. ... Continue Reading →