Kill Boksoon: Kdrama features an unusual mother
Kill Boksoon features lots of violence and stylized fight scenes in a film about a mother who makes a living for her teen age daughter by working as an assassin. It was so melodramatic it was almost funny, but the mother’s dilemmas raising her teenager were universal.
July Rising: about that ending
Prime Video kept putting July Rising in my face, telling me I’d like it. So, okay, I watched. It looked like an inspiring story about a plucky teen who overcomes the odds. There are spoilers ahead.
Plaza Catedral: touching drama from Panama
Plaza Catedral is a Spanish language film from Panama. A grieving woman and a teen age boy are thrown together in this story about human connections in a violent world.
Rye Lane, a vivacious surprise
Rye Lane tells a fairly standard romcom love story, but it’s set in neighborhoods in South London that are alive with color and life and vivid characters. It’s as much about the people around them as it is about the two characters we grow to love.
After Love, quiet drama of loss and pain
When I saw that After Love had earned actress Joanna Scanlan a BAFTA for Best Leading Actress in 2022, I had to take a look at it. The story involves a new widow and her discoveries about her husband’s secret life. This is the kind of movie that isn’t meant for you to enjoy, so […]
Heathers: has this 1988 classic passed its ‘use by’ date?
Heathers has been a cult classic for 35 years. It’s about killing off the mean girls and bullies who make high school life a nightmare. Is it still possible to watch it without thinking of how many American kids head for school every day knowing it might be the day they die?
The Devil to Pay, time for a reckoning
The Devil to Pay, set in the isolated world of the Appalachian mountains, tells a powerful story of retribution. Danielle Deadwyler leads the cast in this tense and atmospheric tale of long term feuds, unwritten laws, betrayal, and liberation.
Boston Strangler: the reason you’ve heard of him
Everyone has heard of the Boston Strangler. It’s a famous case. Notorious. But did you know it was two women reporters, Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole, who broke the story and connected the dots between a series of murders the police hadn’t tied together? This is their story.
A Cowgirl’s Song: country music to the rescue
A Cowgirl’s Song uses country music as the backdrop for a story about family, success, and life’s hardships. Cheryl Ladd leads the cast of talented performers as they sing their way around Chickasha, Oklahoma.
The Silent Twins, this true story comes close to good
The Silent Twins tells the true story of two young Black twins growing up in Wales who refused to talk to anyone but each other. Learning more about their case sounds interesting, but the film left too much out for me to give it high marks.