Category Archives: Movies

Vice

THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY. In 2015, Adam McKay successfully depicted the 2008 financial crisis in The Big Short; this is another satirical look at a dark chapter in American political history. The rise of Dick Cheney gets a completely irreverent treatment, with amusingly dim-witted and mean-spirited performances by Sam … Continue reading Vice

I Am Curious: Too Sexy for U.S. Customs

When this film reached the United States in the late 1960s, there was controversy. U.S. Customs had the film impounded and it remained in their hands until 1969 when the Second Circuit Court of Appeals finally decided that the film wasn’t obscene. By then, I Am Curious (Yellow) had garnered lots of attention, especially since … Continue reading I Am Curious: Too Sexy for U.S. Customs

Ant-Man and the Wasp

REAL HEROES. NOT ACTUAL SIZE. After the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest; soon, he becomes involved in an attempt to find Hope’s (Evangeline Lilly) mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) who’s been trapped in the quantum realm for 30 years. A sequel that matches the original, as it … Continue reading Ant-Man and the Wasp

Bergman: A Year in a Life

An incisive documentary that chooses its perspective well and then uses it as a starting point for the greater story of Ingmar Bergman’s life. The year 1957 became his most decisive, a time when he was juggling several film and theater productions. The experience made Bergman find his voice as a filmmaker, emboldening him to … Continue reading Bergman: A Year in a Life

Mowgli

THE GREATEST JOURNEY IS FINDING WHERE YOU BELONG. A human boy is raised by a pack of Indian wolves in the jungle; he wants to be a full member of the pack, but his future is uncertain… A significantly darker version of Rudyard Kipling’s tale, primarily remembered thanks to two Disney movies. This one has … Continue reading Mowgli

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

FAMILY VACATION. IT WILL SUCK THE LIFE OUT OF YOU.  Mavis books a cruise for Dracula and the whole gang; after reluctantly boarding the ship, the old vampire falls head over heels for its human captain. The third chapter introduces new environs for the gang, which is a good idea. There’s a lot to like … Continue reading Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation