Tag Archives: Lily Tomlin

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT IS WHAT MAKES YOU SPIDER-MAN.  At the same time as Spider-Man battles Kingpin, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a spider and gains the same superpowers as Spider-Man. A comic-book character in danger of being overexposed gets a new look in the shape of a biracial teenager and throws him … Continue reading Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Celluloid Closet

The two directors, who made the AIDS documentary Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989), reunited for another gay-themed film, one that was based on Vito Russo’s 1981 book on how homosexuals have been portrayed in Hollywood movies. Making this documentary was a long process, with Russo as an active participant right up to his … Continue reading The Celluloid Closet

Damages: Power and Personal Ruin

When Glenn Kessler, his younger brother Todd and Daniel Zelman got together to create a new legal show, their idea was not to follow the same path as Law & Order or David E. Kelley. There would be no lengthy courtroom showdowns, or any Boston Legal-type comedy stunts. In fact, Damages was serious business and … Continue reading Damages: Power and Personal Ruin

A Prairie Home Companion

RADIO LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.  In his last movie, Robert Altman took elements from real life and turned them into a typical Altman experience, with a large cast, parallel stories and overlapping dialogue. Audiences are introduced to the people involved with “A Prairie Home Companion”, a radio variety show that is airing its … Continue reading A Prairie Home Companion

The Pink Panther 2

INSPECT THE UNEXPECTED. Someone is stealing the most precious historical artifacts in the world and Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin) is hired to lead a team of crack investigators. There are virtually no redeeming qualities in this sequel that has few real jokes and no imagination at all. The impressive cast makes the failure even more galling; … Continue reading The Pink Panther 2

The Ant Bully

THE BATTLE FOR THE LAWN IS ON. 10-year-old Lucas has a habit of attacking the anthill in his front yard; one of the ants concocts a potion that shrinks the boy down to their size. The man behind Jimmy Neutron (2001) delivered another movie for kids, but this one was quickly ignored. Not very funny, … Continue reading The Ant Bully

Murphy Brown: Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves

The show lasted ten years, but it took me twice that time to finish it. Murphy Brown was never a hit in Sweden, most likely due to poor programming decisions. It has been shown on four different TV channels, never in its entirety (until now), and usually in time slots where nobody is watching. Still, now that … Continue reading Murphy Brown: Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves

The Walker

EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD SCANDAL. Carter Page III (Woody Harrelson) enjoys a comfortable life as an escort to women who are part of the Washington elite, but a murder is about to change that. What point is there for director Paul Schrader to make another movie in the vein of American Gigolo (1980)? A few … Continue reading The Walker

Tea with Mussolini

A STORY OF CIVILIZED DISOBEDIENCE.  Florence, 1935; Mary Wallace (Joan Plowright) takes care of an unloved boy and introduces him to a colorful group of expatriate British and American women called the Scorpioni. Franco Zeffirelli based this film on personal boyhood memories from World War II and tells the story of how the Scorpioni found … Continue reading Tea with Mussolini

And the Band Played On

A THREAT NO ONE DARED FACE. A WORD NO ONE WANTED TO SPEAK. A FIGHT FOR MANY, FOUGHT BY FEW.  In 1981, epidemiologist Don Francis (Matthew Modine) joins a team of researchers at the CDC who are trying to figure out the causes of a very deadly disease among gay men. Randy Shilts wrote an … Continue reading And the Band Played On