Film critic at From the Front Row, staff writer for In Review Online. Member - SEFCA, NCFCA, OFCS.
Boris Karloff goes full Boris Karloff in BEDLAM, a Val Lewton produced horror thriller that casts the legendary actor as the keeper of an insane asylum who uses his position to have his enemies declared insane and locked away in his "care." Appalled by the conditions of Bedlam, Nell Bowen (Anna Lee) sets out on a crusade to have the institution shut down, leading Karloff's evil Dr. Sims to have her committed, where she must rally the other patients to…
Richard Dix stars as a sea captain with a secret on Mark Robson's THE GHOST SHIP, a deviously effective Val Lewton chiller that pits Dix's 3rd officer against the captain in a psychological game of cat and mouse. Russel Wade co-stars as 3rd officer Tom Merriam, who becomes convinced that Capt. Will Stone is a murderer, and tries to convince the rest of the crew that all is not right aboard ship. The narration by the mute officer is more…
Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.
Near the end of Bradley Cooper's A STAR IS BORN, the fourth version of the oft-told tale, Sam Elliot's Bobby Maine, brother of Bradley Cooper's Jackson Maine, looks at Lady Gaga's newly anointed pop star and tells her that all the songs that have ever been written are comprised of the same 12 notes in different octaves; what makes them unique is how the artist plays them. It's a direct defense why this story, which has been filmed in 1937…