I'll admit that I had never thought much of Queen Charlotte before. But this 6-part epic, historical, romantic mini-series has rectified that omission in the best way possible. Superbly written and acted, the sumptuous production fleshes out the fictional Bridgerton universe in surprising ways. I must be a sap to have been so touched and moved to tears by the end of the story. I mean, after all, Mad King George III, Charlotte's husband (and dashingly played by Corey Mylchreest),…
The Banshees of Inisherin 2022
I loved this film despite a script which flummoxed me when it came to understanding the motivations and actions of its characters. But what fascinating characters they were! I'd give it a rare for me 5-stars for the acting, the bleak island setting, the lovable donkey, and the Irishness of it all. But the five chopped off fingers were simply four too many; and auteur McDonagh's perverse, tragi-comic sensibility lost his film a half star from me.
El Topo 1970
The New York Times contacted me today for background about my review of El Topo that was published in the L.A. Free Press on April 23, 1971. They provided me with a scan of the article, and I'm reposting it here. Maybe 43 years later its verbiage is a little embarrassing; but I stand by what I wrote back then. How often do we get an opportunity to view what we thought about films through the prism of the far…
David O. Russell's popularity and reputation for enlightened whimsy eludes me. I can't blame the actors in what has become his "stock company" for my dislike of this film. Rather it must be Russell's mechanistic, by-the-numbers script filled with neurotic characters acting nonsensically. I know I'm out of step with audiences here; so forget that I ever tried to review this film.