The French Dispatch, from director Wes Anderson, brings a sumptuous feast of visual images, coupled with an all star cast, to a tale about a magazine. The magazine is The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun. This American magazine, published in France, brought news of the world back to the homeland.Continue Reading: Review: The French Dispatch, a visual tribute to the written word
Little Women was so rich, I wish I could watch it a couple more times before I write this review. There was everything Louisa May Alcott gave us in the book, with additions and modernized storytelling from writer and director Greta Gerwig.
The film includes parts of Louisa May Alcott’s later work beyond the story contained in Little Women. It’s an American classic, told in a way that’s sure to make this the all time best film version.Continue Reading: Review: Little Women (2019)
Hanna, the 8 episode series on Amazon, was based on the 2011 thriller also named Hanna. It isn’t a remake, but an addition and extension. It’s very good. There are some spoilers ahead.Continue Reading: Review: Hanna
On Chesil Beach hits theaters May 18. It stars Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as young newlyweds in a still to be sexually liberated time in the early 1960s.Continue Reading: Watch This: Trailer for On Chesil Beach
What draws my interest in The Seagull is not that it’s period drama based on the play by Anton Chekhov. I admit, Anton Chekhov somehow manages to stay relevant, even though The Seagull was written in 1895. No, the thing that interests me is the cast. Continue Reading: Watch This: Trailer for The Seagull
If I had to describe Lady Bird with one word it would be real. This coming of age story for Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson feels absolutely, perfectly, nailed it, real for a certain type of kid growing up in America. Continue Reading: Review: Lady Bird
Lady Bird isn’t about Lady Bird Johnson, my original thought when I saw the title. It’s a mother-daughter story starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. Continue Reading: Watch This: Trailer for Lady Bird
Brooklyn stars Saoirse Ronan in a visually lush story about the life of an Irish immigrant in the 1950s. Ronan played Eilis, a young woman who goes to Brooklyn in search of a better life. She arrives there with a job and a place to stay. In that sense her immigrant story is easier than many such tales.
The local priest (Jim Broadbent) sponsored Eilis. He arranged night classes in accounting for her at Brooklyn College. She excelled in her studies.
Mild spoilers ahead.Continue Reading: Review: Brooklyn