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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Certain Women

Certain Women premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2016.  This movie is the poster child for the women’s parity movement.  It has a female director, writer, and editor in Kelly Reichardt and excellent female leads.  I have always found the intersection of unrelated lives an interesting premise.  The vignettes were slow and plodding and I […]

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Wow! What a ride!  Mission: Impossible – Fallout is an exciting, fun movie that is like an aerobic workout.  Tom Cruise is still our hero Ethan Hunt, racing through cities, hanging from cliffs, and always ready with a clever quip.  In this edition of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Ethan sometimes falls a little short physically, […]

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Puzzle

Who knew that competitive puzzling was a thing?  I have always liked Kelly Macdonald (Agnes).  She is wonderful as a woman trying to reinvent herself after her children are grown (though still in the nest).  David Denman (Louie) is charming as her confused and loving husband.  Irrfan Khan (Robert) is convincing as her puzzle partner […]

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Blindspotting

Blindspotting:  When a situation or an image can be interpreted in two different ways, but you can only see one of the interpretations. Blindspotting is a very powerful movie with a lot to say.  It may be trying too hard to hit all the political talking points of today.  It may have been more effective […]

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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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The Cakemaker

The Cakemaker is a film where actions speak are more effective than words.   The triangle between Thomas, a German baker and Oren and Anat, an Isreali couple, is well told.  It is a story that allows that love is fluid and everyone deals with pain in their own way.  Thomas uses his baking skills to […]

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