A great movie following the life of French singer Edith Piaf. Marion Cotillard’s marvelous performance as Edith Piaf won her an Oscar for Best Actress. The resilience and passion of her character as well as the visual ambiance of the film is enchanting. As a fan, I enjoyed the movie, but would...
Movie Genre: Drama
Though I haven't read the novel by Raymond Chandler, I loved this adaptation of his work. I understand that this version changes several key plot features from the original work. I sometimes find classic detective fiction and mystery novels to be too much about conspiracy and sudden twists or...
Chief Inspector Tony Gates is a loving father and dedicated officer who solves cases in his own hard nosed style. It seems though that his solve rate is too good to be true so for this reason a special task force begins investigating him and his team. This isn't the only trouble...
On his 21st birthday, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns he has a genetic pre-disposition for time travel. With guidance from his father (Bill Nighy), he sets out to use his powers to find love. He quickly finds out that being able to "fix" your mistakes and smooth out the bumpy moments in life isn't...
This movie is based on a true story of the life and death of a transgender man Brandon Teena. I feel the director beautifully accomplished telling the story of the violent crime against him as well as a glimpse into the person Brandon Teena was said to be. The movie has vivid imagery that...
This is what movies are made for. It has everything, comedy, charm, romance, circumstance, and tragedy. Roberto Benigni directs and plays the role of a Jewish Italian father who ends up in a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and son. It is a heart wrenching story and hard subject matter, but...
I admit that I picked up this title simply because I saw the ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover but he has a relatively minor role in this two part series. Based on a book of the same name the movie follows the lives of Jamaican immigrants in London during and after...
Literally, a cliff hanger! Based on a true story, this will leave you hanging...
This was one of those weird instances where I saw the movie before reading the book but as soon as I finished the movie, I put myself on hold for the book. The books is written as a collection of letters that Charlie sends to a never named "Friend". These letters tell of his day to day...
Set in Melbourne during the 1920’s, Miss Fisher’s Mysteries is a fun and less gory take on the typical murder mystery. Phryne Fisher is a wealthy flapper whose devil may care attitude conceals her continued obsession with the disappearance and presumed death of her sister. The series is funny...
The German film director, Margarethe von Trotta, chooses stories about strong, conflicted women so it is not surprising her latest film is a biopic about Hannah Arendt. In the 1930s, Arendt was prohibited from teaching in Germany because she was Jewish. She was stripped of her citizenship,...
Much of the hype around this French film is due to the "first time" sex scene between the two young lovers, Adèle and Emma. When I screened the film at the Mayan, the majority of the audience was over 50 and women. Surprisingly, during the sex scene, there was laughter from this group...
Based on a true story, two gay men in LA in the late 70s and 80s try to adopt and raise a Down Syndrome child abandoned by a junkie mother. This is a heartwrenching and haunting look at the legal system, discrimination, love and family.
I'll blame the husband for this one. Bad, really bad. Not a comedy as promised.
Shira is 18 years old and must decide whether to be true to herself or fulfill a family duty. Ultimately the question is whether or not they are one in the same. I saw the film three times in the movie theater to take advantage of the larger screen as several parts of the film are beautiful...
This strange gem is a testament to the possibility of finding love and family in mysterious ways.
I normally don't watch movies that are based on books but the premise behind this story seemed so intriguing that I decided to give it a whirl. The movie details the adventures of a young Indian boy called Piscine (French for swimming pool) but who goes by Pi. His family owned some...
This story deals centers mainly around Salomon Sarowitsch, a Russian Jew who lived a fast life from counterfeiting money. He is arrested and sent to a concentration camp but his drawing talent gets him transferred to another camp in which he and other Jewish prisoners are...
Yet another in a long line of excellent British murder mysteries adapted for television. The Murder Room is written by P.D. James and is the 12th in the Adam Dalgliesh series. The title character is called in to investigate the death of a doctor from a prestigious family in London. In doing so...
I knew of Jeffery Euginedes from reading his Pultizer Prize winning novel, Middlesex. But what I didn't know was his first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was optioned for a film and directed by Sophia Coppela. What a collaboration! The story unfolds via flashbacks with voice over...
A different kind of coming of age story, 17 year old Joshua slowly begins to understand the family business. There are some true psychopaths in the mix but nothing is more horrific than Janine, Josh's grandmother. The actor Jackie Weaver does such a good job playing Janine, you will be astounded...
I'll see anything Danny Boyle puts out there. Turns out the struggle with drug addiction is timeless and this film is as relevant today as it was when first released in 1996.
This is the first full length feature film by Rashaad Ernesto Green and I can't wait for more. After being released from prison, Enrique returns home to his family in the Bronx. As he tries to resume head of household, he learns his teenage son Michael is transitioning to Vanessa and his wife...
For those of you who watch Sci-Fi purely for the tech, you won't be disappointed. This is an interesting take on time travel and associated quandaries as well as a discussion about the extreme conclusion of privatization and how tech changes the way that we think. The stories take place both as...
This is possibly one of the most intense and powerful movies I have seen in a while. It was adapted from Ntozake Shange's acclaimed choreopoem "For colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf". Following the lives of 5 women, it explores the ideas of love, hate,...
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