Inside Man Friday, Nov 4 2022 

Stanley Tucci is running this show on death row – he’s commanding in this role. He keeps his head when everyone else is losing theirs. His wife wasn’t so lucky. What could she have done to bring on her beheading? This Inside Man knows. There is a parallel story of the local vicar – his son, his wife, the tutor, a pedophile and a nosy reporter.The acting is quite good in this and toward the end it is good, old fasioned Halloween fare.

Confess Fletch Tuesday, Oct 11 2022 

This is a fun movie and establishes Jon Hamm’s credentials as a comic actor-although I loved him in Mad Men. The dialogue in this movie deserves its own reward. I was glad to see that it showed an appreciation of past work by Chevy Chase but went even further on its own merits. Excellent character work by Marcia Gay Harden.

Will the Real Keanu Reeves please stand up? Saturday, Sep 10 2022 

Anyone with an interest in film has a picture in their mind of who Keanu is- his public image – But is this the real guy.? He’s supposed to be kind, humble and self – effacing. Although Facebook, especially, has its share of Keanu imposters. So one never knows if the person you are texting with is the real dude or not. I’ve heard he’s very generous with various charities. I applaud that. I’ve also heard people say he is very modest and doesn’t think his wealth is that important to him. In New York you could see him on the subway like any other dude. His living arrangements in New York are said to be modest.. His Hollywood Hills home looks nice but not conspicuously mansion like .

Things like “I don’t need you” “I don’t want to know anything about you” indicating that I wasn’t important enough to deal with came out of his computer. All this was recent. This negative stuff is a new wrinkle. .A couple of months ago I received some nice, short emails from him. Very polite and what I would expect. Now this is the guy who attended a wedding in Great Britain spontaneously when he was tired from a long flight and passed out pieces of birthday cake to passerbye’s on the street on his birthday! I don’t think the person I texted recently was the real Keanu. So I apologize if this real recent communication wasn’t you. And I must say if it was, I hope you were just having a bad day. Oh, and one give away was that this person seems to be very into money and investments – and Keanu in the past, has said he is embarrassed almost with the amount of money he makes……. He has no worries in that department.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo Friday, Aug 19 2022 

This series is most entertaining and original. The main character is quite something – she is autistic and very high functioning. She is in fact often brilliant. And when she is inspired she is most forceful. Normally I am not a fan of cute – but in this case I make an exception. She is played by a very talented actress and supported by good direction and writing .

Unorthodox Wednesday, Jul 13 2022 

This is an exceptional film. Well, I’ll start by saying I would have a lot of trouble being a Hasidic Jew.

Too many rules – many of which make little sense – an absolutely male oriented society – no feminists allowed. We follow a young newly married pregnant girl with a deep love of music who runs away from all she knows to see what lies ahead for her out of her element. I must say I as a lapsed Catholic, at the age of 18, wouldn’t have had the courage she has shown in this quest for self-actualization.

This series has won a lot of well – deserved awards. The lead actress is deeply talented..

the Time Travelers Wife Tuesday, May 17 2022 

This is one of the best new offerings this season, if not the best. 2 very engaging characters interact in space and time – nude and clothed – with some very jaunty dialogue. It’s a breath of fresh air. There’s so much murder and mayhem on the tube this is a great respite. And I must say the nudity is handled very tastefully showing just so much of Mr. Theo James’s physique as modesty would allow. I hope that the powers that be can keep the humor and good times rolling. Can’t wait for the next instalment!

wecrashed Saturday, Apr 2 2022 

Hippie Dippie Business is what I would call it. But they managed for a while to get a ton of money to back up their idea. There is not a lot of footage of people working with their nose to the grindstone. Instead it looks like a never ending masquerade party – masks and all. I appreciate the acting work of all involved. An interesting look at our recent past.

My philosophy Friday, Dec 17 2021 

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Question- What makes her think she can write film reviews?? A pretty long time ago I was a theatre major at the University of Minnesota. and managed to graduate Magna Cum Laude. I took course work in acting, directing , scene design, tv acting, and visual arts. I had an English minor. I guess if I had to do it again I would have worked to get a masters of fine arts in theatre and minor in studio art. I also would have taken more acting and directing classes. In Minneapolis I designed sets for a redesigned bicycle shop- little theater – the Typist and the Tiger; Fortune and Men’s Eyes, and Loot. There was a lot of painting of walls on the set – small as the stage was. The theatre was called The Cricket Theatre.

If there’s one thing I know – I am versed in theatre history- thanks to Dr. Arthur Ballet- and his Theater Backgrounds class – a class for graduate students. My moniker for this class was Ballet’s Read ‘Em Quick- starting with the Greeks and ending with the present day. 5 plays had to be read every week and a quick analysis handed in every week. I was still an undergrad. Graduate students had more time for that.

Other professors of note – H Wesley Balk for Direction-Wendel Josal for Scene Design.

As you can probably tell – these memories are precious to me.

I haven’t done much in theatre in recent years, but I have explored graphic design and glass bead making and jewelry design.

My criteria for what I will review is:

1.The film/series must move me.

2.The film/series must have characters that involve me and grow.

3. The film/series must have a compelling story.

4. The film/series has interesting dialogue.

These are personal criteria.

Belfast Wednesday, Dec 8 2021 

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Kenneth Branagh is a brilliant director. And as I’ve said before, he’s a welcome visitor in my teepee. (Old Ladies Joke). He has done so much – acting, directing, Shakespeare that communicates. Evidentally he appears to have grown up in Belfast , Northern Ireland in the time of the “Troubles”. But this is not all violence and gore. There is definitely some of that. .But there is plenty of comic relief. It comes across as real life. Judi Dench is incredibly good as Grandma. And Grandpa was also very warmly portrayed.

And I must say I love the Irish brogue – wee this and wee that. Isn’t anything large? Well I was hugely entertained – it’s in black and white but it didn’t seem to be wrong. See it!

The young actor who portrays him growing up is also brilliant. This movie just rings true. Even in the worst of times there are times of relief with humor and high jinks.

the mourning Morning Show Thursday, Nov 25 2021 

I thought the acting in “scenes from a marriage” was almost too painful to watch -but I must say the last 2 episodes of the “Morning Show” were definitely of that character. It hit really close to home. The death of the past announcer felt like a death in the family. Jennifer Aniston is very skilled at drawing the viewer in to her problems and I mean the last episode with Aniston’s character talking directly to the audience roasting from a fever that was Covid 19 – well, it left me speechless. Not too many shows are focusing on the Pandemic – but this one really dealt with it most effectively.

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