Review: Luce

Luce is a challenging story because you’re never clear about what’s really happening. The four main characters turn in brilliant performances. That makes digging through the subtleties even harder.

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Review: Dangerous Beauty

Netflix just put Dangerous Beauty in its rotation as a new arrival. This 20 year old film was a treat. It’s based on the true story of a real, very badass, woman. Continue reading “Review: Dangerous Beauty”

Review: Fair Game

I find it interesting that 2010’s Fair Game is back on Netflix now as a trending selection. This is the true story of how the George W. Bush administration used disinformation and the outing of one of their own CIA operatives in the run-up to the Iraq war. Continue reading “Review: Fair Game”

Review: The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle gut punched me when I read it about 10 years ago. It’s now a film. As a film, it still conveys the emotional wreckage of a dysfunctional family upbringing in vivid ways. Continue reading “Review: The Glass Castle”

Review: 3 Generations

For all the problems and rebranding involved in bringing 3 Generations to the screen, I expected it to be a mess. It was actually quite good. The emotions were real and alive. The performances were excellent. Continue reading “Review: 3 Generations”

Review: Season 1 of Gypsy

I almost didn’t watch Gypsy. There were so many bad reviews. I sometimes forget my cardinal rule: I generally disagree with critics. I saw one good review, and a gay girlfriend told me she liked it a lot. To get to the point, I decided to watch it. Continue reading “Review: Season 1 of Gypsy”

Watch This: Trailer for Gypsy

Gypsy is a new Netflix original starring Naomi Watts as a therapist who is apparently more twisted and in need of help than her patients. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Gypsy”

Review: The Sea of Trees

The Sea of Trees is a mystical, mysterious, spiritual journey about love. The trees are a forest called Aokigahara, known as The Sea of Trees. It’s a dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to commit suicide. Continue reading “Review: The Sea of Trees”

Review: St. Vincent

St. Vincent is one of those feel-good movies where you cry a little at the end but everything works out fine. I love that kind of stuff, so I enjoyed watching this movie get there. Plus, it has a fantastic cast and boasts outstanding performances from all of them. Continue reading “Review: St. Vincent”

Watch This: Trailer for About Ray

Elle Fanning stars as a transgender (female to male) teen in About Ray. Ray’s mother is played by Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon plays his grandmother. Tate Donovan is his absent father. It’s an incredible cast, although there may be some criticism that an actual transgender actor didn’t get the part of Ray.

The film looks to be partly about Ray’s journey, but also about how Ray’s family reacts and reaches acceptance of his transition. It appears to be a bit of a bumpy ride, as you might expect. Ray is still in high school – does he want to change schools? Oddly, Ray’s grandmother Dolly, who is herself a lesbian, doesn’t understand the distinction between sexuality and gender. But Ray’s younger siblings might get it immediately. Here’s rooting for Dolly to figure it out.

The director is Gaby Dellal, who also wrote the story for the film. The screenplay was written by Nikole Beckwith. The story is set in New York City. The release date for About Ray is September 18, 2015.