Category Archive: Biography

Saving Mr. Banks

Emma Thompson shines as brightly here as Kate Blanchett did in Blue Jasmine. The only difference was that Walt Disney found a key to her hard heart.

The Wolf of Wall Street

This film combines the DNA of Bernie Madoff, Hugh Hefner and Bob Guccione. Janis Joplin had it right, “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.”

Kill Your Darlings

Though the film contains some very good performances, my overall reaction was captured long ago by the famous words of Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront (1954), and I paraphrase,  “It coulda been… Continue reading

Dallas Buyers Club

Rating: If you privately think that Indiana needs a Constitutional ban on gay   marriage, go see Jared Leto’s performance as Rayon, a transvestite that heterosexual men will love.

12 Years a Slave

Rating: Before praising American exceptionalism, shouldn’t we remember a history that combined liberty with slavery?

The Fifth Estate

Rating: Director Bill Condon has given us a film better suited for a political seminar than the big screen. Just what are the consequences of Americans spying on themselves?

Captain Phillips

Rating: Whatever your feelings are about this film, let me warn you if you are prone to sea sickness. If so, I’d save your popcorn bag after you finish it.

Rush

Rating: If you think the competition between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson was memorable, at least they didn’t risk death with each game. This is a championship movie about championship sports figures.

The Grandmaster

Rating: A story reliving the majesty of martial-arts while looking at the tragedy that befell China both before and after the Japanese invasion from 1938 through 1945.

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