Tag Archives: Laura Dern

Downsizing

WE ARE MEANT FOR SOMETHING BIGGER.  In the near future, scientists find a way to shrink people down to five inches; this ”downsizing” becomes an environmentally friendly, even luxurious, option for a married couple in Omaha (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig). Alexander Payne worked on this idea for many years before it finally became a movie, … Continue reading Downsizing

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The evil First Order is now in control of the galaxy, but Rey (Daisy Ridley) is trying to convince Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to come out of retirement and help the Resistance. The second chapter in the third Star Wars trilogy is ambitious, the mythology beautifully developed by Rian Johnson, and one of the most … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Big Little Lies

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIE. A star-studded miniseries that takes us to an affluent Monterey community and primarily its women. At first, we in the audience learn that police are investigating a murder but the victim remains a secret to us until the last episode. What plays out before that is a stylishly directed soap opera … Continue reading Big Little Lies

The Fault in Our Stars

ONE SICK LOVE STORY.  16-year-old Hazel (Shailene Woodley), who is dying of cancer, meets 18-year-old Augustus (Ansel Elgort), who has survived bone cancer, at a support group and they strike up a connection… A box office success, and a breakthrough for its young stars who are very likable; Woodley also delivers a performance that is … Continue reading The Fault in Our Stars

Trespassing Bergman

Edited together (with partly new material) from a documentary series, this film examines (in chronological order) the career and films of Ingmar Bergman through the eyes of numerous prominent filmmakers and actors who have been more or less touched by the Master’s work. Some of them also visit the stark island in Sweden where Bergman … Continue reading Trespassing Bergman

Fat Man and Little Boy

THE STORY OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE WHO CHANGED OUR WORLD.  In 1943, U.S. general Leslie R. Groves (Paul Newman) is putting together a top-secret team to build the first atomic bomb, led by the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schultz)… but the two men find themselves at odds. By focusing on the uneasy relationship between … Continue reading Fat Man and Little Boy

The Master

Shortly after World War II, alcoholic veteran Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) joins a “family” dominated by a colorful philosopher (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who has plans for a wider movement. Inspired by the rise of L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, this grand epic portrays an America trying to find its feet after the horrors of the … Continue reading The Master

Little Fockers

KIDS BRING EVERYONE CLOSER, RIGHT? After giving Jack (Robert De Niro) twin grandchildren, Greg (Ben Stiller) has finally ended up in the retired CIA agent’s good graces… but that changes again quickly. The third film in the series that began with Meet the Parents (2000) has a script that doesn’t really know which storyline to focus on, and a series … Continue reading Little Fockers

Twin Peaks: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away

It is quite possible that David Lynch will be primarily remembered for Twin Peaks, a TV series that became an instant hit on ABC (and subsequently worldwide), but quickly fell out of favor with viewers. Together with Mark Frost, the director came up with the idea of a mysterious series with no answers where a … Continue reading Twin Peaks: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Recount

THE FUTURE OF THE NATION WAS HANGING BY A CHAD. The man who brought us the Austin Powers movies turns serious with this look behind the scenes of the Florida recount debacle after the 2000 presidential election. We follow the tactics of both sides and even though the film never delves deeper into how this … Continue reading Recount