Profile Monday, Jun 7 2021 

A British film that really crept up to me slowly but surely. A journalist plays the role of a sexy young woman and develops a relationship with an ISIS terrorist. I guess I should say that I really don’t like films that rely too much on showing a computer screen and a moving cursor and texting. But this film transcends all that. It is amazing to me that this is based on real events. In the middle of the film, it even appears that the journalist has fallen for the young handsome jihadist who even the audience feels is truly in love with her. And it even seems that she may be falling for the terrorist. But one can easily be tricked. It appears seduction on the internet and Skype can result in the young woman being sold as a sex slave. I think anyone who would want to marry or be involved with an enemy of your home country is playing with fire.

American Traitor – the Trial of Axis Sally Sunday, May 30 2021 

It’s nice to see Al Pacino finally get a really good role again. He’s perfect for the role of the lawyer. His final speech is riveting, A period piece – (I guess I am too) – born in the late 1940’s. Sometimes when I think of these times during the war I don’t know how my parents dealt with it. I guess the point of the film is that things aren’t always what they seem – at least not totally. There is always another side to the story. But she does pay a price. And when you think about it – she deserved some penalty for her words..

the woman in the window Sunday, May 16 2021 

Stayed up past my bedtime to watch this thriller. If you like Hitchkock-Rear Window and Psycho -you’ll like this. Amy Adams is great in this – she plays an agoraphobic child psychologist. She is terrified of leaving the house. But she does get visitors. One in particular played by Julianne Moore is central to the story. Julianne creates quite a character in this. ( Never have seen her in this kind of role before – its nice to see actors stretch.) Definitely worth watching.

Penguin Bloom Saturday, Feb 27 2021 

I invariably like Naomi Watt’s work. This is a little gem of a film. And it is based on a true story. Through the love and concern of a bird (repaying the rescue of said bird when very young).a very depressed woman and her children learn to handle all the woe and drawbacks of being wheel- chair bound. And Sam was very active before her accident – an accomplished surfer. Then the mynah bird , Penguin, enters the scene and slowly but surely wins everyone’s hearts. A great film for the kids to watch with you.

The Crown Monday, Nov 16 2020 

Quality, quality, quality… I’m sure by now you know that this is special. The cast is superb and the stories never disappoint. It also surprises me how close the portrayals are to those who are living and deceased. Or at least they seem to be. Don’t miss it!

Blue Jasmine Monday, Feb 3 2014 

Not sure how I feel about Woody Allen, always gave him the benefit of the doubt about allegations. But regardless of all that, his artistic self is above reproach, I’m not saying his personal self is spotless. I really don’t know. Cate Blanchett is very compelling as the title character. I cared about her. I, in some ways. could identify with her, reconstructing a life. Be warned it is a sad movie, but real in the sense of life’s disappointments. Recommended for adults, actually not a lot of gratuitous sex. And there are bright moments of relief.

Prisoners Saturday, Jan 18 2014 

th A fine film. Very skillfully acted and directed. Both of the leads were outstanding. A different role for Hugh Jackman. Somewhat disturbing in subject matter and violence. In my mind not for kids. The question kind of was who’s torturing who?

Jobs Saturday, Dec 28 2013 

Ashton Kutcher does a great job of conveying a very difficult, but determined and brilliant leader. I have some Apple products and have always admired and happily used them. This is a well done film and is particularly interesting to my boomer generation. How the world has changed… in large part with all the work started in Mr. Job’s garage.

the Oranges Tuesday, May 14 2013 

Well, first of all, I admire Mr. Laurie’s acting ability very much. Unfortunately in this film his gifts are somewhat unused. Maybe its me, but I didn’t find the young lady’s charms that mesmerizing nor Mr. Laurie’s character’s attraction that convincing. It was portrayed as a dalliance that unfortunately upset a lot of people’s apple carts. The role of the daughter of the offending father was well done as well as Allison Janney’s role of too manipulative mother.  The girl who sinned was unapologetic and immature and hence to me unappealing. But then at that age…..we all are immature. Now Cuddy and House had real passion going for them. “Real” in the theatrical sense. Well, that’s my view, feel free to differ. 

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Tuesday, Jul 31 2012 

An interesting story and a very well made film. Nice to see an Arab protagonist who is a very good man, who thinks creatively. Kristin Scott Thomas is bitchily good in this as is everyone else. Worth the rental. Also Emily Blunt is certainly coming into her own….


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