Remember the television series by the same name from the 70’s? It was intriguing entertainment for its day.
This version is more or less the same except the plot takes the characters on more of a horror path. What a shame. Mainly because the set is modern, feels current and intriguing…until it gets weird and horrific. Don’t waste your time or money.
Movie 3: Shubh Mangal Zyada Saacvhan
This film was banned in much of the Middle East due to its positive portrayal of same sex couples. It’s the first Indian film about a same sex relationship since India decriminalized homosexuality in 2018.
It’s a huge Bollywood production. It’s listed as a Comedy/Drama/Romance. It’s concurrently goofy, graceful, funny, and forgiving. It’s worth seeking out. Hindi with English subtitles.
Set in 18th century France, this film about an art instructor to young women is subtle and visually stunning. The dialog is equally impressive, shifting from character to character and scene to scene.
It’s a bit confusing here and there. Some scenes are blunt and surprising but overall the production is strikingly beautiful and satisfying. French with English subtitles.
Movie 2: Downhill
This movie was apparently based on the 2014 French dark comedy film Force Majeure. This production takes place in the Austrian Alps. In this rendition the Mom and Dad with their two boys are on a ski vacation.
There are moments of beauty, less than ideal parenting, a few horrid locals, and a couple of chuckles. It’s well acted, well written and focuses on family dysfunction. This film is anything but a comedy.
Movie 3: The Photograph
Currently in theaters nationwide, this is a no nonsense story about a man and a woman who are more than attracted to each other from they moment they meet.
It’s an intelligent, believable love story that feels real. One critic said it best…”It’s an excellent black movie written, produced, directed and acted by and for black people.” We agree but believe everyone can feel connected once they see it.
Movie 1: Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
This film is about the character Harley Quinn after breaking up with The Joker. It’s a bit far fetched considering how many bad guys (and gals) are loose on the streets. It’s quite entertaining once you adjust to the crude language and behaviors.
You know you are watching something unique once you realize most of the characters are psycho, laced with crude slapstick and sadistic humor. But all in all what a shame…
Movie 2: The Traitor
This is a fascinating true story about Italy’s Cosa Nostra with a focus on Tommaso Buscetta, a mafia boss. It’s concurrently fascinating and frustrating to watch. There is a lot of back and forth between time, topic and location. (The story bounces around between Sicily, Brazil, the US and other unclear venues.)
There’s so much double crossing and the settling of scores around the world it’s almost impossible to follow. Interestingly the film has stirred up controversy in today’s Italy. Consider the hefty 135 minute run time if you have not already seen this one. Italian and Sicilian with English subtitles.
Movie 3: Black and Blue
It’s a timely and revealing film about law and order in much of the African American communities of urban America. There are good cops, bad cops, good citizens and some pretty horrible characters.
It’s engaging to watch with inventive cinematography. It’s also a commentary on social justice and racism. Excellent acting and lots to consider.
This film is the retelling of an old fairy tale where the characters are made from gingerbread. Oops! Wrong fairy tale. This one is dark, unique, Gothic, and somewhat satanic. That said it is also mesmerizing, creative and “Grimm.” (oops, couldn’t resist!)
Movie 2: The Last Full Measure
Movie 3: The Assistant
That said, it’s a fresh peek at the current climate in both corporate and public environments. It’s a bit like the horror films from 30 years ago and the myopic movies that allows workplace monsters to survive in plain sight.
This 25 minute film delivers a big package and a lot of tension and family drama when one brother comes home with a new Syrian wife. It was originally released in 2018 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Arabic with English subtitles.
NEFTA Football Club (France)
This fascinating 17 minute film tells a tale of how a cartload of narcotics ends up…not on the street…but on a football field. Charming and inventive. Arabic with English subtitles.
This was a difficult film to watch. The focus is on two orphaned sisters, 12 and 14 years old, at a “Safe Home” where they faced daily physical abuse by the institution designed to protect them. In 2017 41 girls died when a fire broke out in the school. Finally the girls escape and find shelter in the US. 23 minutes. This is our pick for the Oscar. Spanish with English subtitles.
The Neighbor’s Window (USA)
It’s exactly what it sounds like. Neighbors harbor envy, voyeurism and grief when they become obsessed with the activities from their neighbors windows. It’s concurrently funny and embarrassing. The run time is 20 minutes.
A Sister (Belgium)
This is a spooky film where a woman is being kidnapped and pretends to call her sister to check in on her children, but is actually on the phone to a help line. It’s an intense psychological thriller packed into a 17 minute film. French with English subtitles.
This is the 15th consecutive year for the Documentary Shorts. The total combined run time is 160 minutes.
In the Absence
This 28 minute film from South Korea explains what happened to the MV Sewol passenger ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014. It’s heartbreaking to watch. Korean with English subtitles.
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
This film from Afghanistan is about a skateboarding program exclusively for girls. Most young girls in Afghanistan are not permitted to have such activities, especially those from poor neighborhoods. The program has resulted with a new generation of young ladies who believe they can do anything. Run time is 39 minutes. Afghan Persian with English subtitles.
Life Overtakes Me
This is an amazing story about parents with children from the old Soviet Block countries who sought refugee status from Sweden. Over 400 children suffered from a coma like illness. The story is breathtaking and haunting. Run time is 39 minutes. Russian and Swedish with English subtitles.
St. Louis Superman
This outstanding 28 minute film chronicles the life of Bruce Franks Jr. Black activist and rapper elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. It’s an intimate and powerful story about politics, perseverance and community. This is our pick for the Oscar.
Walk, Run, Cha-Cha
Thus 21 minute film from the US tells the love story of two teenagers who fell in love in Vietnam during the war. Years later they reunite in California. The filming occurred over 6 years. It’s a charming story. Vietnamese and English with English subtitles.
Thank goodness for international films. It’s almost assured you’ll have a unique movie experience. This film is an animated production touching on a variety of global issues.
This film was a huge hit in Japan and is now enjoying global distribution. The overarching theme is the change in global weather. It’s inspiring, clever, and quite down to earth.
Japanese with English subtitles.
Movie 2: Color out of Space
OK, now we are talking about a serious movie experience. This film reinvents modern horror films involving contact from outer space. Surprisingly this movie is based on a short story dating back to 1927.
Be warned! This film is beautifully produced. It’s realistic to an uncomfortable degree. Thank goodness it’s all just awesome imagination…(or is it?!)
Movie 3: The Rhythm Section
We were surprised with the tepid reviews of this film. While the story is a bit confusing at first, it quickly becomes intense and ultimately powerful, unique and thought provoking.
The cast and the production are intriguing. The script is filled with lots of surprises. There is a lot to think about once the film ends. We liked it a lot.
This latest film from Guy Ritchie is a Crime Action film set in the United Kingdom. It is equally gritty, often violent, graphic and crude. The scenes involving lots of children are brutal and difficult to watch.
To be frank, the entire film was difficult to watch. It’s yet another film about illegal drug dealing by horrible people in horrid conditions simply trying to survive.
Movie 2: The Personal History of David Copperfield
One critic characterized this film as “both more or less than the original Charles Dickens story”. It is exactly what the title of the film declares. It’s a study of comedies based on the 1850 writings by Charles Dickens.
It’s intelligent, beautifully filmed with an excellent cast. It is concurrently old fashioned and contemporary at the same time. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Movie 3: Spies in Disguise
This is a clever computer animation film with unique characters, interesting concepts and some very funny episodes. It’s the first Blue Sky Studios film and part of Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
Will Smith is the voice of the lead character. It’s a funny, goofy, action packed story with a very funny pigeon.