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Daily Archives: March 13, 2023
Movie Preview: A “Wildflower” whose “Special Needs” parents depend on her
Coming of age, growing up with “special” parents. As in “special needs,” people who require their daughter’s help getting through the day. There’s a hint of “CODA” in the set up here. Let’s hope the execution is up to snuff. … Continue reading
Netflixable? A South African sex-comedy that reminds us to “Do Your Worst”
South African sex comedies are rare on these cinematic shores. But when you travel “Around the world with Netflix,” you never know what you’ll stumble into. “Do Your Worst” is a laugher a struggling single actress making bad decisions into … Continue reading
Movie Review: Jane and Lily, “Moving On” and taking names
“Moving On” is an amusingly edgy geriatric comedy that provides that late career comic duo Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin with their best star vehicle since “Nine to Five.” The laughs are droll, and unlike the strained “Grace & Frankie” … Continue reading
An Oscar night long on Emotion…and long
I like the idea of an Oscars that isn’t hurried. They were still “playing people off” at the 95th Academy Awards, and some needed it. But most did not. Let people finish their thoughts. The laundry list speeches are still … Continue reading
Oscars: Best Original Score? “All Quiet on the Western Front” adds another Oscar
That’s more than a few Oscars for this marquee picture from Netflix. A career peak for composer Volker Bertelman, a gracious speech. Is there a “trend” pointing towards a Best Picture upset? Maybe. A lovely, ominous and weighty score. But … Continue reading
Next screening? “Spinning Gold,” the Casablanca Records Story
It opens March 31, and it could easily go either way. But it’s got Michelle Monaghan, Jason Isaacs, Jay Pharoah, Dan Fogler, Peyton List, Lyndsey Fonseca and was made by the Nepo Baby son of the company founder. And they … Continue reading
Oscars: Best Animated Short? “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”
Here’s a win for Apple! “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,” based on a children’s book, a best seller, it was my favorite among the nominees that I saw. The fact that it’s on Apple TV means … Continue reading
Oscars: Best International Feature? “All Quiet on the Western Front”
There was a whispering campaign underway a few weeks back that this was actually your Best Picture dark horse. But we’ll have to see about that. Gorgeous film, unfortunate timing, coming so soon after the Oscar-winning epic “1917.” But certainly … Continue reading
Oscars: Best Costume Design? “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
Ruth Carter thanks her mother and praises the production for increasing representation and altering the world looks and the way we look at it. She just lost her mother, at 101. Sweet speech.
Oscars: Best Makeup? “The Whale,” of course
I mean, come on. That’s a transformation. No, you shouldn’t play winners off. The show is unhurried, Kimmel wasted a bit too much time on the opening. Let it run as long as it runs. It’s the youtube snippets of … Continue reading