Category Archives: Movies

Before Midnight

EVERYTHING’S BETTER WITH MATURITY. 18 years after Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy) met for one night in Vienna in Before Sunrise (1995), we meet them again and things have changed. Now they’re a couple, with twin girls, on holiday in Greece. They are middle-aged and the conversations obviously look different, arguments revolving around … Continue reading Before Midnight

They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

THE TRUE STORY OF THE LAST FILM FROM ORSON WELLES.  The same year when Morgan Neville made the critically celebrated Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, he also took on Orson Welles and the fabulous story of how the director spent years trying to finish his last movie, The Other Side of the … Continue reading They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

40 YEARS IN THE MAKING. HIS FINAL FILM.  Everybody in the film business has an opinion on Netflix. Theater owners are particularly upset about major awards going to Netflix movies that are being shown just a few weeks in theaters and then immediately being available for streaming. Others in Hollywood thank Netflix for giving them … Continue reading Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

Captain Marvel

EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH A (HER)O. In 1995, Vers (Brie Larson) returns to Earth, a member of an elite alien force… but also with vague memories of life as a U.S. Air Force pilot. Virtually serving as a parenthesis between two Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame, this film introduces another Marvel hero while also taking … Continue reading Captain Marvel

Isle of Dogs

20 years into the future, the mayor of a Japanese city banishes all dogs to an isolated island after an outbreak of canine influenza. Wes Anderson returned to animated films after Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), once again with talking animals in the leads. The director was inspired by Kurosawa films and the Rankin/Bass animation from … Continue reading Isle of Dogs

Incredibles 2

BACK TO WORK. At a time when the public has no trust in superheroes anymore, a billionaire contacts the Parrs and offers them a way to relaunch their careers. It took Pixar and Brad Bird 14 years to produce a sequel, but it was worth the wait. Firmly grounded in the original’s visual look, but … Continue reading Incredibles 2

If Beale Street Could Talk: Humanizing the Black Man

TRUST LOVE ALL THE WAY. Moonlight winning the Best Picture Oscar in 2017 was quite the upset, not only because the wrong movie was first named during the live ceremony. Like virtually every other young filmmaker, Barry Jenkins had a tough start before finding success; after making the independent feature Medicine for Melancholy in 2008, … Continue reading If Beale Street Could Talk: Humanizing the Black Man

Smallfoot

YETI OR NOT, HERE THEY COME. High up in the Himalayas, a yeti called Migo accidentally makes contact with a ”smallfoot”, but the leader doesn’t believe him and banishes Migo from the yeti community. A 3D comedy-adventure, slightly reminiscent of The Croods (2013). The meeting between man and yeti has amusing consequences with dark undertones, … Continue reading Smallfoot