Movie Review: ‘Lady Bird’ and best supporting actress

I like to think that Lady Bird is a little bit like the writer-director Greta Gerwig herself: charming, quirky, capable, and maybe, as the kids say these days, a bit extra. The teenager’s coming of age is a perfectly enjoyable film that deftly covers plenty of the rising and falling action of major teen desiresContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘Lady Bird’ and best supporting actress”

Movie Review: ‘Dunkirk’

Writer-director Christopher Nolan has created some of the most memorable cinematic moments: the effect of the near-permanent daylight on a LA detective in Insomnia; the slippage of time between places created by a wormhole in Interstellar; the three-action-sequences-at-once in Inception; and the backwards in time unwinding of the plot of Memento. What these all haveContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘Dunkirk’”

‘Last Jedi’ first impressions

Dim the lights, flash up the Lucas Film logo, and even before the title and scroll hit the screen, I’m in. Double sunsets? I’m a kid again. I hear some people aren’t happy with The Last Jedi. I must admit I found Luke a little off-putting at first. His entire performance as a reclusive, curmudgeonlyContinue reading “‘Last Jedi’ first impressions”

My Oscar picks (of what I’ve seen in the last year)

Best best picture nominee, that I’ve seen Spotlight, but I’ve only seen Spotlight, the Martian, and Mad Max: Fury Road (I liked them all) Best Star Wars thing Sure, the movie was fun, but the Solo Family Portrait blew me away. Best real depiction of journalists Spotlight has been hailed for its realistic portrayal ofContinue reading “My Oscar picks (of what I’ve seen in the last year)”