Nightmare Alley is like a gigantic, room-sized painting of a film noir. Big, beautiful, and flat. It’s gorgeous to look at, and the cast is all top drawer, but the film is too long and dry as dust. You can stream it on HBO Max.Continue Reading: Review: Nightmare Alley – what a cast!
Kajillionaire stars Evan Rachel Wood as the lonely, socially inept daughter in an offbeat and unusual family of grifters. Miranda July wrote and directed this comedy. It’s available for rent on Prime Video and VOD.Continue Reading: Kajillionaire, or maybe grifter is better
It’s fair to say I’m enthusiastic about The Shape of Water. This fantastical love story was beautiful and unique. Continue Reading: Review: The Shape of Water
Liberal Arts is a charming indie written and directed by Josh Radnor. It looks like a straightforward love story in the trailer below, but it’s not exactly that. It’s a love story, but there’s no sex, hardly any kissing, and lots of moral choice involved in deciding who to love. Liberal Arts is also a story about where we belong in life, what we are meant to do, how to find happiness, and – most importantly – which books are best to read in every situation.Continue Reading: Review: Liberal Arts
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, is a wonderful book – it won the Pulitzer. Olive is a stern New Englander, an aging former school teacher, and one of the best characters to ever inhabit the pages of a book. I cannot think of anyone more perfect to play her than Frances McDormand. If I were envisioning any actor to play Olive as I read the book, it would have been Frances McDormand.
According to HBO, “Olive Kitteridge tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of a woman whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and a staunch moral center.”
Richard Jenkins plays her husband Henry. Bill Murray will play Jack Kennison.
Lisa Cholodenko is directing the mini-series, which will air on two nights in November on HBO.
The only thing wrong with this mini-series is that it will be on HBO, which I don’t have. If you get HBO, I strongly urge you to get acquainted with the marvelous cast of interesting characters that surround Olive Kitteridge.
Olive Kitteridge photo by JoJO Whilden