Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Unsane (2018) ***

Extremely well crafted thriller from Mr. Soderbergh rises above its stalker genre trappings.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Oculus (2013) **

Well produced horror flick with a nifty script that doesn't cop out.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Night Nurse (1931) **

Interesting look at Depression era medical mores and practices.

Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) **

Southern fried melodrama, typical Williams fare, with a great cast and some great lines.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Resistance Means More Than Voting | by Garry Wills | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Obama said that people who “secretly aren’t following the president’s orders” are not defending democracy: “These people are not elected. They’re not accountable.”

Interesting, and telling, that Obama seems to consider elections the sole means of accountability. So elected officials are the only persons who may affect change. And if they torture, commit war crimes, perpetrate massive financial fraud and theft, run illegal assassination programs, the only way to hold them accountable is vote them out. And once voted out, they are punished as much as can be. We know that's what Obama believes because that is exactly what happened during his terms.

Loving Vincent (2017) **

The sequences of the paintings coming to life is great. The rest not so much.

Ismael's Ghosts (2017) *

A colossal waste of two fine actresses in a film with about 45 minutes worth of a good story mangled up with another 80 minutes of confusion.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Cinema Verite (TV Movie 2011) **

There's reality and there's "reality" and sometimes they cross paths. Well done docudrama about the original "reality" show. Ms. Lane shines (as usual).

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Dagon (2001) **

Fun, well made (on a shoestring budget) Lovecraft horror flick.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Barbara Harris - Biography - IMDb

[on appearing in Family Plot (1976)] Alfred Hitchcock was a wonderful man. He always wanted emotionless people in his movies. There was a scene in our film, where Karen Black was acting, acting, acting -- all that Lee Strasberg human-struggle stuff. And it took her so long to get those tears going, and Mr. Hitchcock turned to the cameraman and said, "We will just photograph the actors' feet in this scene." He wanted a beautiful woman who wasn't showing her life's history in a scene.