Blackkklansman

I saw Blackkklansmen at the Bangor Mall Cinema 10 in Bangor, ME.  It is a nice theater with recliners.  John David Washington, son of Denzel, plays Ron Stallworth. I thought he was very stilted and uncomfortable in the beginning, but he loosened up.  Maybe he was supposed to be that self-conscious since he was the […]

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Colette

We saw Colette at Sundance this spring.  It is also screening at TIFF 2018.  It is a biopic about the early life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, a Pulitzer prize nominated author.  It portrays her family life in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, in Burgundy France and her married life in Paris.  At the age of 20 she  marries Henry Gauthier-Villars, […]

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Blaze

Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey)  wanted to be a legend, not just a star.  This film could make him the legend he always wanted to be. So why did he sabotage his life? Isn’t this the question asked of all with mental illness and addiction?  The story of Blaze’s life is told through the framework of […]

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Dangal

Our friend, Ranjana Chopra, recently invited us to see an Indian movie in her lovely home.  We chose Dangal, a biopic about Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters, Geeta and Babita.  Mahavir (Aamir Khan) is a former wrestler who had to forego his sport to support his family.  Even though he is living out his […]

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Mary Shelley

We have been stalking Mary Shelley on IMDB since we stood in a rush line at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It is now streaming on Amazon Prime (pay per view).  This is a movie about a lonely young girl, brought up by her socially broadminded widowed father.  Missing her mother, she is […]

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Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot

  Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is a biopic about John Callahan’s journey from despair to joy through caustic cynicism.  He starts out as a careless young man who doesn’t let tragedy or addiction slow him down.  The scenes where he is wheeling around Portland are unnerving but illustrate his lack of […]

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Woman Walks Ahead

I am frustrated by this type of movie.  It states that it is based on a true story.  Unfortunately, many people get their history from the movies.  I don’t know why movie makers can’t just stick with the truth or just change all the names so that it is a work of fiction.  Yes, Sitting […]

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Chuck

This biopic is less idealistic than Rocky, which is also based on the life of Chuck Wepner.   Chuck (Liev Schreiber) is living on the edge between being a fighter and an enforcer.  I thought the relationships with both of his wives (Elizabeth Moss and Naomi Watson) were engaging.  Unfortunately, after his fighting successes, his involvement […]

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Other Notable Oscar Nominations 2018

I, Tonya A humorous look at a tragic pop culture event.  Margot Robbie is great as hard scrabble Tonya Harding trying desperately to skate her way out of her shabby life.  Allison Janney is flawless as Harding’s hard driving, alcoholic, abusive mother.  The bird is a great touch.  The documentary style of the movie adds […]

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