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  • Florence Foster Jenkins

    Florence Foster Jenkins

    ★★★½

    I’m probably among the many who take Meryl Streep for granted. We know how great she is but this is what we expect from her and she rarely or never disappoints us. No doubt she is headed for her 20th Oscar nomination in a few weeks for her deep and deeply moving performance as Florence Foster Jenkins which I watched the other night in pure delight and a big smile on my face. As many of us know the movie…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★

    So just how good is La La? Well it’s pretty damn good but sadly not great. The movie is fun for sure and it looks great, bright colors, lots of neon flashing in the L.A. night time, palm trees, fake everything and a fairy tale story of a young man and young woman meeting cute just like Fred & Ginger, Mickey & Judy and Gene & everyone use to do back in the golden olden days when Hollywood was still Hollywood and much…

  • Elle

    Elle

    ★★★★

    Tangy and Delicious. Set in a beautiful Paris during Christmas this is a twisty and tangled tale of a strong business woman who is partners in a video game company which signals to us right off the bat that she runs a male oriented violent business.
    The film opens with a horrible rape and assault on Michele at her lavish home, and the aftermath of this assault makes up the bulk of the film with sides, slides and detours into…

  • Valley of the Dolls

    Valley of the Dolls

    ½

    Valley Of The Dolls 1967

    For the life of me, I can’t understand why Criterion has restored this camp crap which I saw the other night. Maybe they got a grant from someone? Is there a Patty Duke foundation? How else to explain the time and money that went into putting out this dud double disc that comes with a 32 full color booklet no less. The plot is ridiculous and stupid and is based on Jacqueline Susann’s ridiculous and…

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★★

    It’s inconceivable to me, how anyone viewing this great film would not be moved, excited & ultimately overwhelmed by it. For starters the film has had a very rocky road, but there is now on dvd the most complete and restored version of the film with 22 minutes of missing footage added including the sequence with Louise Fletcher, making this version the one that Sergio Leone wanted the world to see.
    The missing footage adds some clarity to the film, but…

  • Nina

    Nina

    ½

    Another stupid dumb dull fake movie about a great singer. There are so many of these things being made lately, there's the dreadful ones about Miles Davis, Chet Baker and now we can add Nina to the list. There are others which I've blocked. Here we have a petite looking pretty model looking Zoe Saldana, 50 shades too light playing Nina Simone without any of her style and unique performance style, and forget about her voice. Saldana has a nice…

  • The Night Of

    The Night Of

    ★★★★

    This 8 hour mini-series ran on HBO this summer, and since I don't have premium cable I had to wait until now to catch up with it, thanks to Netflix. For most of its running time this was a very compelling gripping crime justice slap in the face drama that was based on a British series and shows it roots and influences via the many crime dramas that fill the network's prime time. I don't watch any of them, but…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★

    ira joel haber. Moonlight 2016


    Seeing this film the other day made me realize why I love movies that tell a good story, and also why I make art, why I must tell my story and why artists all over the place have to tell theirs. This is a strong, lovely moving film set mainly in Florida in the 1980’s when living was hard, fast and drugged and sadly still is.
    The film travels time to tell the story of…

  • La Notte

    La Notte

    ★★★★

    La Notte 1961


    Went to the Film Forum yesterday to see La Notte. I had a free ticket, which was nice, and for two hours I was immersed in Antonioni's world of 1960's angst, alienation, loneliness and despair. Set in a gleaming black and white Milan where an attractive couple played by Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau reside. He’s an author of some renown; she is his wife who doesn’t seem to do much. They are bored not only with…

  • Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

    Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

    ★★★

    If you love and adore the most wonderful Ingrid, then this documentary is for you. Since I love and adored her, I pretty much had a lovely time with this movie that is nice and rich with terrific footage of her young and later on in her life, but unfortunately doesn't shed much light on her fascinating and sadly short (she died at 67) life. All the marriages are here and some of the affairs, most notably with the great…

  • Don't Think Twice

    Don't Think Twice

    ★★★

    Although not the laugh fest that I was hoping for, Mike Birbiglia's cozy and comfy comedy "Don't Think Twice" should bring smiles and yes some laugh out loud moments for you. Set in Hipsterville , which is sometimes known as New York City it tells the story of a group of 6 friends who are part of an improv troupe trying to make it big or at least stay afloat in the rough and tumble world of comedy/theatre. The troupe…

  • Only Angels Have Wings

    Only Angels Have Wings

    ★★★★

    Only angels have wings 1939

    Lost in the shuffle of Hollywood’s golden year was Howard Hawk’s beautiful movie about airfreight pilots working in a banana republic’s isolated port of nowhere, Barranca. The opening of the film flows across the nice Columbia back lot set following two of the pilots played by Noah Berry Jr. and Allyn Jolyson, both sharky, smart and terrific as they come across Jean Arthur a cabaret singer tearing down the runway of a freight ship and…