Tag Archives: Geraldine Chaplin

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

THE PARK IS GONE.  After being hired by a dying billionaire (James Cromwell) who wants to save the dinosaur species from getting killed by an exploding volcano on Isla Nublar, Owen and Claire (Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard) return to the island… but it’s a trap. The fifth film in the franchise has been lovingly … Continue reading Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

A Monster Calls

STORIES ARE WILD CREATURES. Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with his mother’s terminal illness and a bully at school when late one night he has an encounter with a ”monster”, a giant yew tree that has three stories to tell him. Patrick Ness brings his children’s book (and Jim Kay’s illustrations) vividly to life … Continue reading A Monster Calls

The Impossible: Swept Away

NOTHING IS MORE POWERFUL THAN THE HUMAN SPIRIT. I remember being safe at home in my parents’ house that Christmas holiday in 2004 when several tsunamis that had been triggered by a huge earthquake in the Indian Ocean killed over 230,000 people in 14 countries. Since many of the victims were tourists, the disaster affected … Continue reading The Impossible: Swept Away

The Mirror Crack’d

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO IS THE MURDERER AMONG THEM ALL? In1953, a big Hollywood production arrives in an English hamlet to shoot a movie, but the murder of a local woman arouses Miss Marple’s (Angela Lansbury) curiosity. Another star-studded movie version of an Agatha Christie novel, this time featuring very entertaining performances by … Continue reading The Mirror Crack’d

The Wolfman

WHEN THE MOON IS FULL THE LEGEND COMES TO LIFE.  In 1891, actor Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) leaves London for his childhood home to find out who killed his brother in the most beastly way possible. This remake of the 1941 classic was panned by many critics, but deserve an audience. The normally family-friendly … Continue reading The Wolfman

Talk to Her: Unseemly Love

Pedro Almódovar’s films are usually a colorful pleasure to watch. This one is certainly entertaining enough but also has dark and complex ingredients that can easily be interpreted into something very negative. Almódovar has always portrayed strong women, but in this film they are completely pacified, best appreciated when they’re in a coma, at least … Continue reading Talk to Her: Unseemly Love

A Countess From Hong Kong

FUN AT SEA! HIS CABIN, HIS PJ’S, HER MOVE! En route to Hawaii, U.S. diplomat Ogden Mears (Marlon Brando) ends up with a stowaway in his cabin, a Russian countess (Sophia Loren). Charlie Chaplin’s final film is a hopeless concoction conceived by him in the 1930s, a desperately old-fashioned farce with too many dull door-slamming … Continue reading A Countess From Hong Kong

Nashville: 200 Years Later

WILD. WONDERFUL. SINFUL. LAUGHING. EXPLOSIVE.  Perhaps a lot of Americans were wondering in the year 1975 what the future might look like for their country, one year ahead of celebrating its Bicentennial Anniversary. After all, U.S. forces were cutting and running from the Vietnam War, President Nixon had just been forced to resign because of … Continue reading Nashville: 200 Years Later