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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • The Witch
  • The American Friend

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  • I, Anna

    ★★★½

  • Harvey

    ★★★★½

  • The Lovely Bones

    ★★★

  • Knives Out: Making a Murder

    ★★★★★

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  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★★

    Bones and All. 2022. Directed by Luca Guadagnino.

    Bones and All (2022) is an average love story; it relies on body horror at the Cronenberg level and the gore lingers on their bodies long after a eating session. I am not going to lie four people walked out at the half way point and my wife went to the restroom to find vomit all over the floor. This may have been gastroenteritis. I am not sure. But, the gore really…

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★½

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. 2022. Directed by Rian Johnson.

    Empowered Females (Who are not privileged) Assist Detective in Solving Mysteries. 

    Great whodunnits are difficult to make but Rian Johnson makes it look easy. The original screenplay deserves award nominations due to its meta complexity and non-linear narrative. In this review I cannot talk about plot details but, I can highlight the aspects of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) that make it a brilliant whodunnit. Before one…

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  • I, Anna

    I, Anna

    ★★★½

    I, Anna. 2012. Directed by Barnaby Southcombe.

    A chilling character study and phenomenal acting by Charlotte Rampling as she was being directed by her son Barnaby Southcombe in I, Anna (2012). Southcombe’s direction and songs by Richard Hawley add to the neo-noir tones and secrets that Rampling is living with. Gabriel Byrne also gives another standout performance as D.C.I. Bernie Reid the male who falls for the femme fatale. Rampling and Byrne had great on screen chemistry. The slow motion…

  • Harvey

    Harvey

    ★★★★½

    Harvey. 1950. Directed by Henry Koster. 

    Henry Koster had just directed by Oscar winning The Bishop’s Wife (1947) when he astutely stepped onto the project of Harvey (1950). Harvey is a delightful, enchanting tale of Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) who is a wealthy alcoholic. Dowd’s charm and zen approach to life are brilliant but, he is also in touch with a pooka named Harvey. Initially, Elwood’s relationship with Harvey disturbs guests. As the narrative progresses, the movie shifts focus…

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Everything Everywhere All At Once. 2022. Directed by Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (Daniels). 🏳️‍🌈🫶🏳️‍🌈💖🏳️‍🌈🫶🏳️‍🌈🫶💖🏳️‍🌈🫶

    We just left an IMAX auditorium in a multiplex in which there was a two to five minute standing ovation. It was if we were at a film festival. We were at a special opening night screening. Unfortunately, DANIELS were at SXSW. At any rate, Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) {EEAAO} is like Dr. Strange (2016) meets a Sion Sono Film (e.g. Love Exposure or…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

    The Power of the Dog. 2021. Directed by Jane Campion.

    The Power of the Dog (2021) is like going to a museum and seeing art that truly resonates with ones spirit. Benedict Cumbertach’s character Phil Burbank was in love and obsessed with Bronco Henry. Jane Campion’s and Thomas Savage’s script was tight and the film had a fast pace despite the barren wilderness. Jonny Greenwood’s score was haunting and followed the characters while keeping the tension and suspense high. 

    The…