2018 Movies

A Fantastic Woman – A- (90%RT) In the immediate aftermath of her partner’s death, trans-woman Marina, has to navigate prejudice with his family. Poignant & classy. Black Panther – B+ (97%RT) Probably the best and most important Marvel movie to date. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story – B+ – (97%RT) Genius inventor that was dismissed…

2018 Books

January Artemis by Andy Weir (B) – Weir’s follow-up to The Martian is a fast-paced, scientific, good old-fashioned heist…on the moon. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (A-) – Very good character development and some pretty interesting plot twists. Reminded me of a Tales Of The City for the Aussie set. City of Endless Night…

2017 in Films

20th Century Women – A  (89%RT) – A brilliant and beautiful performance by Annette Bening elevates this touching and funny film. It’s the companion film to Mike Mills’ Beginners (that was about his dad; this his mom.) All The Money In The World – C+ (77%RT) – J. Paul Getty was an asshole. American Made – B+…

2016 in Films

Movie My Grade RT% Mini-review 10 Cloverfield Lane A- 90% This superb “sequel” (side-quel?) is a study in quiet, disconcerting, terror.  You won’t see what’s coming next and you don’t want to know. Terrifying in every way. A Man Called Ove B 92% This faithful book adaptation about a cranky old man who just wants…

2010 in Films

  In order of release date: –Shutter Island: DiCaprio as a 40s cop investigating a disappearance at a mental asylum. A moody, slightly trippy, frustrating film with a cliched ending that I felt robbed from the rest of the story. B- –The Ghost Writer: MacGregor hired to ghost write the Prime Ministers memoirs and uncovers…

2011 in Films

Films I saw. No reviews. – Attack the Block – Beginners – Bridesmaids – Captain America – Cedar Rapids – Contagion – Cowboys & Aliens – Crazy, Stupid, Love – Drive – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Footloose (2011) – Hanna – Harry Potter 7.2 – Hugo – In Time – J. Edgar –…

2012 in Films

Movie Star Rating Quick Review -21 Jump Street ***   Much better than I thought it would be. Pretty clever and funny. -Ai Weiwei: Never Give Up *** Interesting artist but ultimately dull documentary. -Amour *** The best movie I never ever want to see again. -Anna Karenina *** Over-stylized but that is part of…