Movies: Marriage Story, Ford v Ferrari, The Report

Movie 1: Marriage Story

It’s one part thriller, one part comedy.  It has an A-list cast who deliver exceptional performances.  It’s all believable, sometimes painful to watch, but ultimately a lesson in effective communications and maintaining a durable relationship.

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Marriage Story (November 15, 2019)

Release Date: November 15, 2019
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 136 min
Original Title: Marriage Story
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Heyday Films
A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.

Cast Marriage Story

  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Role: Nicole
  • Adam Driver
  • Role: Charlie
  • Laura Dern
  • Role: Nora Fanshaw
  • Alan Alda
  • Role: Bert Spitz
  • Ray Liotta
  • Role: Jay
  • Merritt Wever
  • Role: Cassie
  • Mark O'Brien
  • Role: Carter
  • Azhy Robertson
  • Role: Henry
  • Brooke Bloom
  • Role: Mary Ann
  • Julie Hagerty
  • Role: Sandra
  • Matthew Shear
  • Role: Terry
  • Kyle Bornheimer
  • Role: Ted
  • Mickey Sumner
  • Role: Beth
  • McKinley Belcher III
  • Role: Theater Actor
  • Wallace Shawn
  • Role: 
  • Amir Talai
  • Role: Amir
  • Martha Kelly
  • Role: The Evaluator

Crew Marriage Story

  • Francine Maisler
  • Casting
  • Noah Baumbach
  • Director
  • Noah Baumbach
  • Producer
  • Noah Baumbach
  • Writer
  • Douglas Aibel
  • Casting
  • Randy Newman
  • Music
  • David Heyman
  • Producer
  • Andrew Hull
  • Art Direction
  • Mark Bridges
  • Costume Design
  • Leslie J. Converse
  • Associate Producer
  • Robbie Ryan
  • Director of Photography
  • Jade Healy
  • Production Design
  • Jade Healy
  • Production Designer
  • Adam Willis
  • Set Decoration
  • Rich Bologna
  • Sound Editor
  • Rich Bologna
  • Additional Sound Re-Recording Mixer
  • Jennifer Lame
  • Editor
  • Craig Shilowich
  • Executive Producer
  • Christopher Scarabosio
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Christopher Scarabosio
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer
  • Lizzie Boyle
  • Set Decoration
  • Lisa Pinero
  • Sound Mixer
  • Nicki Ritchie
  • Set Decoration
  • James Klotsas
  • Special Effects
  • John J. Budion
  • Visual Effects

Movie 2: Ford v Ferrari

First, it should be stated neither John nor I are big car buffs.  But being part of the boomer generation we have some sense on this topic.  Set in the 1960’s, Ford Motor Company was struggling to attract customers to its automobiles.

In this film Henry Ford the 2nd fails to purchase the Italian sports car line from Enzo Ferrari.  Instead Ford decides to hire Carroll Hall Shelby to design a car that will compete in the famed race of 24 Hours of Le Mans.  We found the film delightful.

Special Note!  This film was advertised in Paris when we were there recently. The title was listed as: 1966 Le Mans.

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Ford v Ferrari (October 10, 2019)

Release Date: October 10, 2019
Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Tracy Letts
Genres: Drama, Action, History
Runtime: 152 min
Original Title: Ford v Ferrari
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: 20th Century Fox, Chernin Entertainment
American car designer Carroll Shelby and the British-born driver Ken Miles work together to battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

Cast Ford v Ferrari

  • Matt Damon
  • Role: Caroll Shelby
  • Christian Bale
  • Role: Ken Miles
  • Jon Bernthal
  • Role: Lee Iacocca
  • Tracy Letts
  • Role: Henry Ford II
  • Caitriona Balfe
  • Role: Mollie Miles
  • Noah Jupe
  • Role: Peter Miles
  • Scott Rapp
  • Role: Police Officer
  • Josh Lucas
  • Role: Leo Beebe
  • Ray McKinnon
  • Role: Phil Remington
  • Stefania Spampinato
  • Role: Ferrari Translator
  • Wyatt Nash
  • Role: Cool Young Buyer
  • Wallace Langham
  • Role: Dr. Granger
  • Dallas Chandler
  • Role: Raceway Guest
  • Jonathan LaPaglia
  • Role: Eddie
  • Rudolf Martin
  • Role: Dieter Voss
  • Shawn Law
  • Role: Gus Scussel
  • Remo Girone
  • Role: Enzo Ferrari
  • J. J. Feild
  • Role: Roy Lunn

Crew Ford v Ferrari

  • Ronna Kress
  • Casting Director
  • James Mangold
  • Director
  • James Mangold
  • Producer
  • Phedon Papamichael
  • Director of Photography
  • Michael McCusker
  • Editor
  • Michael Mann
  • Executive Producer
  • Marco Beltrami
  • Original Music Composer
  • Daniel Orlandi
  • Costume Design
  • Jez Butterworth
  • Screenplay
  • Maya Shimoguchi
  • Art Direction
  • Jenno Topping
  • Producer
  • François Audouy
  • Production Design
  • Peter Lando
  • Set Decoration
  • Dirk Westervelt
  • Editor
  • Kevin Halloran
  • Executive Producer
  • John-Henry Butterworth
  • Screenplay
  • Jason Keller
  • Writer
  • Peter Chernin
  • Producer
  • Buck Sanders
  • Music
  • Adam Somner
  • Executive Producer
  • Matthew Gatlin
  • Art Direction
  • Robert Andrew Johnson
  • Art Direction
  • Rich Romig
  • Set Designer
  • Andrew Buckland
  • Editor
  • Gustaf Aspegren
  • Art Direction
  • Jordan Ferrer
  • Art Direction
  • Dani Bernfeld
  • Executive Producer

Movie 3: The Report

It’s set in the wake of the attacks on 911 with a focus on a CIA operation that conducted “enhanced interrogation”.  It’s based on true events where CIA contractors conducted all sorts of “experiments” on behalf of the government.
The acting is excellent.  This film is most timely and relevant given current events. 
 

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The Report (September 12, 2019)

Release Date: September 12, 2019
Starring: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Ted Levine
Genres: Drama, History
Runtime: 118 min
Original Title: The Report
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Vice Media, Margin of Error
The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.

Cast The Report

  • Adam Driver
  • Role: Daniel Jones
  • Annette Bening
  • Role: Dianne Feinstein
  • Jon Hamm
  • Role: Denis McDonough
  • Ted Levine
  • Role: John Brennan
  • Maura Tierney
  • Role: Bernadette
  • Michael C. Hall
  • Role: Thomas Eastman
  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • Role: Raymond Nathan
  • Corey Stoll
  • Role: Cyrus Clifford
  • Linda Powell
  • Role: Marcy Morris
  • Sandra Landers
  • Role: Senate Intelligence Committee Clerk
  • John Rothman
  • Role: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
  • Victor Slezak
  • Role: Senator Jay Rockefeller
  • Guy Boyd
  • Role: Senator Saxby Chambliss
  • Alexander Chaplin
  • Role: Sean Murphy
  • Joanne Tucker
  • Role: Gretchen
  • Ian Blackman
  • Role: Cofer Black
  • Dominic Fumusa
  • Role: George Tenet
  • Joseph Siravo
  • Role: John Rizzo
  • Sarah Goldberg
  • Role: April
  • Lucas Dixon
  • Role: Julian
  • Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Role: Ali Soufan
  • Zuhdi Boueri
  • Role: Abu Zubaydah
  • Douglas Hodge
  • Role: James Mitchell
  • T. Ryder Smith
  • Role: Bruce Jessen
  • Carlos Gómez
  • Role: Jose Rodriguez
  • Sean Dugan
  • Role: Gary - CIA Interrogator
  • Pun Bandhu
  • Role: John Yoo
  • Ben McKenzie
  • Role: Scrubbed CIA Officer
  • Jake Silbermann
  • Role: Yoked Up CIA Officer
  • Ratnesh Dubey
  • Role: Khaled Sheikh Mohammed
  • Scott Shepherd
  • Role: Senator Mark Udall
  • Julia K. Murney
  • Role: McDonough's Secretary
  • Daniel London
  • Role: CIA Officer Fox
  • Jennifer Morrison
  • Role: Caroline Krass
  • Hope Blackstock
  • Role: Clifford's Secretary
  • Matthew Rhys
  • Role: New York Times Reporter
  • Kate Beahan
  • Role: Candace Ames
  • April Rogalski
  • Role: Assistant to DCI Brennan
  • James Hindman
  • Role: Inspector General Buckley
  • Austin Michael Young
  • Role: FBI Agent Miller
  • West Duchovny
  • Role: Feinstein Intern
  • Noah Bean
  • Role: Senator Martin Heinrich
  • Evander Duck Jr.
  • Role: Off Site Security Guard

Crew The Report

  • Avy Kaufman
  • Casting
  • Steven Soderbergh
  • Producer
  • Jennifer Fox
  • Producer
  • Vincent Landay
  • Executive Producer
  • Lila Yacoub
  • Executive Producer
  • Scott Z. Burns
  • Screenplay
  • Scott Z. Burns
  • Director
  • Scott Z. Burns
  • Producer
  • Susan Lyall
  • Costume Design
  • Eigil Bryld
  • Director of Photography
  • Kerry Orent
  • Producer
  • Michael Sugar
  • Producer
  • Ethan Tobman
  • Production Design
  • David Wingo
  • Original Music Composer
  • Eddy Moretti
  • Producer
  • Greg O'Bryant
  • Editor
  • Conrad V. Brink Jr.
  • Special Effects Supervisor
  • Max Wixom
  • Art Direction
  • Joel Mendenhall
  • Makeup Artist
  • Jennifer Semler
  • Co-Producer
  • Danny Gabai
  • Producer
  • Rich Devine
  • Set Decoration
  • Michael Di Verdi
  • Executive Producer
  • Tj Rinomato
  • Executive Producer
  • Mia Bauman
  • Makeup Artist

 

Movies: The Irishman, Better Days, Midway

Movie 1: The Irishman

This film by Martin Scorsese is based on the 2004 book I heard You Paint Houses. It has a huge cast of talented actors.  The plot revolves around a truck driver who becomes a hit man, then a mobster, and eventually worked for Jimmy Hoffa of the Teamsters Union. 

This film is literally a reenactment of historical events at a time when the lines between organized crime, unions and the government was far from perfect.  Sounds familiar?!  This is sure to be nominated for several awards.  Don’t miss it!

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The Irishman (November 1, 2019)

Release Date: November 1, 2019
Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel
Genres: Crime, History, Drama
Runtime: 209 min
Original Title: The Irishman
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Tribeca Productions, Sikelia Productions, Fábrica de Cine, STX Entertainment
World War II veteran and mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of union leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Cast The Irishman

  • Robert De Niro
  • Role: Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran
  • Al Pacino
  • Role: Jimmy Hoffa
  • Joe Pesci
  • Role: Russell Bufalino
  • Harvey Keitel
  • Role: Angelo Bruno
  • Bobby Cannavale
  • Role: Felix ‘Skinny Razor’ DiTullio
  • Ray Romano
  • Role: Bill Bufalino
  • Stephen Graham
  • Role: Anthony Provenzano
  • Kathrine Narducci
  • Role: Carrie Bufalino
  • J.C. MacKenzie
  • Role: Jimmy Neal
  • Craig Vincent
  • Role: Edward Grady Partin
  • Anna Paquin
  • Role: Peggy Sheeran
  • Gary Basaraba
  • Role: Frank 'Fitz' Fitzsimmons
  • Jesse Plemons
  • Role: Chuckie O'Brien
  • Jack Huston
  • Role: Robert F. Kennedy
  • Domenick Lombardozzi
  • Role: Anthony Salerno
  • India Ennenga
  • Role: Dolores Sheeran
  • Joseph Russo
  • Role: Stephen Andretta
  • Aly Mang
  • Role: The Coat Check Girl
  • John Cenatiempo
  • Role: Anthony Castellito
  • Larry Romano
  • Role: Phil Testa
  • Sebastian Maniscalco
  • Role: Joseph ‘Crazy Joe’ Gallo
  • Rebecca Faulkenberry
  • Role: Barbara Hoffa
  • Stephanie Kurtzuba
  • Role: Irene Sheeran
  • Robert Funaro
  • Role: Johnny
  • Veronica Alicino
  • Role: Curtain Shop Clerk
  • Jeremy Luke
  • Role: Thomas Andretta
  • Natasha Romanova
  • Role: Copa Dinner Guest
  • Doris McCarthy
  • Role: Latin Casino Guest
  • Louis Cancelmi
  • Role: Sally Bugs
  • George Katt
  • Role: Copa / Umberto's Man
  • John Scurti
  • Role: Beveridge
  • Liz Celeste
  • Role: Mob Girlfriend
  • Welker White
  • Role: Josephine Hoffa
  • Kevin O'Rourke
  • Role: John McCullough
  • Bo Dietl
  • Role: Joe Glimco
  • Ashley North
  • Role: Mob Wife
  • Claudette Lalí
  • Role: Mob's Wife
  • Kevin Kane
  • Role: Actor
  • Alex Ziwak
  • Role: Prison Inmate
  • Kenneth Carrella
  • Role: Hoffa's Bodyguard
  • Jennifer Mudge
  • Role: Maryanne Sheeran
  • Jessica VanOss
  • Role: Bowling Kid
  • Paul Borghese
  • Role: Paulie 'Brows'
  • Frank Modica
  • Role: Mobster
  • Kelly P. Williams
  • Role: Bridesmaid
  • Mike Massimino
  • Role: Curtain Staff #2
  • Josephine Velez
  • Role: Genovese's Crew
  • James Lorinz
  • Role: Hoffa Teamster
  • Erika Smith
  • Role: Kandie
  • Salvatore DiSanto
  • Role: Italian Bus Boy
  • Saskia Slaaf
  • Role: Latin Casino Guest
  • Jim Coniglione
  • Role: Teamster
  • Brent Costantino
  • Role: Bufalino Wedding Guest
  • Danny A. Abeckaser
  • Role: Louie 'Deadbeat'
  • Scotty Atkins
  • Role: Irish mobster
  • Arthur Hiou
  • Role: Umberto's Patron
  • Tom Rhoads
  • Role: Juror
  • Lauren Aparicio
  • Role: Ice Cream Patron
  • Robert C. Kirk
  • Role: Teamster
  • Jessica Carollo
  • Role: Pete the Greek's Girlfriend
  • Gino Cafarelli
  • Role: Mayor Frank Rizzo
  • David Wenzel
  • Role: FBI Agent
  • Patrick Gallo
  • Role: Tony Giacalone
  • Jarrod LaBine
  • Role: FBI Agent
  • Clark Carmichael
  • Role: Pilot
  • Siena Marino
  • Role: Joey's Daughter Lisa
  • Ron Castellano
  • Role: Mobster
  • Joseph Oliveira
  • Role: Italian Mobster
  • Vincent Riviezzo
  • Role: Tony Pro Mobster
  • Anne Horak
  • Role: Golddigger
  • Thomas Bencivenga
  • Role: Casino Guest
  • Bill Timoney
  • Role: RICO Prosecutor
  • Frances Mignano
  • Role: Umberto's Patron
  • Frank Amoruso
  • Role: SAG pedestrian at Palma Club
  • Kerry McGann
  • Role: Tennessee Court Secretary
  • Samuel Difiore
  • Role: Mobster
  • Thomas E. Sullivan
  • Role: Warren Swanson
  • James Ciccone
  • Role: Mobster
  • Rob Tunstall
  • Role: Teamster Agitator
  • Melody Krell
  • Role: Mary Fitzsimmons
  • Anthony Welch
  • Role: Lewisburg Prison Guard
  • Dominick LaRuffa Jr.
  • Role: Colombo Son
  • Scott Eliasoph
  • Role: Government Attorney
  • Erick Zamora
  • Role: Colombo Son
  • Cliff Moylan
  • Role: Pro Rally Teamster #2
  • Matteo Borgomanero
  • Role: Copa Nightclub Patron / Latin Casino Guest / Wedding Guest
  • Richard V. Licata
  • Role: Judge
  • Franco Quartuccio
  • Role: Mobster
  • Al Linea
  • Role: Momo Giancana
  • Patrick Borriello
  • Role: Wise guy
  • Gregory Cioffi
  • Role: Villa Roma Mobster
  • John Antorino
  • Role: Inmate Mobster
  • Jamie Mattus
  • Role: Union Delegate
  • Cilda Shaur
  • Role: Colombo's Wife
  • Gage Maynard
  • Role: Nightclub Patron
  • Emilie Cantante
  • Role: Wedding Guest Child
  • Gina Lerario
  • Role: Italian Rally Supporter
  • Steve Garfanti
  • Role: Giancana Associate
  • Kevin D. McGee
  • Role: Hoffa Attorney
  • John Polce
  • Role: Joe Colombo
  • Jason Liebman
  • Role: Poll Volunteer
  • Thomas D. Weaver
  • Role: Tony Pro's Teamster
  • Michael Romeo Ruocco
  • Role: Casino Photographer
  • Matthew F. O’Connor
  • Role: Pro Rally Teamster #1
  • Rebecca Merle
  • Role: Latin Casino / Copa Guest / Dancer
  • John Cashin
  • Role: Springfield Inmate
  • Tommy Bayiokos
  • Role: Truck Driver
  • Albert Kobrovsky
  • Role: Mobster
  • Steven Van Zandt
  • Role: Jerry Vale
  • Marin Ireland
  • Role: Older Dolores Sheeran
  • Action Bronson
  • Role: Coffin Seller
  • Paul Herman
  • Role: Whispers
  • Dascha Polanco
  • Role: Nurse
  • Paul Ben-Victor
  • Role: Jake Gottlieb

Crew The Irishman

  • Rodrigo Prieto
  • Director of Photography
  • Robert De Niro
  • Producer
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Director
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Producer
  • Ellen Lewis
  • Casting
  • Steven Zaillian
  • Screenplay
  • Dante Ferretti
  • Production Design
  • Jane Rosenthal
  • Producer
  • Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Editor
  • Laura Ballinger
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Sandy Powell
  • Costume Design
  • Irwin Winkler
  • Producer
  • Randall Emmett
  • Producer
  • Richard Baratta
  • Executive Producer
  • Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • Producer
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Music
  • Christopher Peterson
  • Costume Design
  • Regina Graves
  • Set Decoration
  • Jai Stefan
  • Executive Producer
  • Nicki Ledermann
  • Makeup Department Head
  • J. Mark Harrington
  • Assistant Art Director
  • David Davenport
  • Costume Supervisor
  • Troy Allen
  • Producer
  • Charles Brandt
  • Book
  • Niels Juul
  • Executive Producer
  • Sean Flanigan
  • Hair Department Head
  • Gastón Pavlovich
  • Producer
  • Berry Welsh
  • Executive Producer

Movie 2:  Better Days

This drama thriller from China is a peek behind the curtains and its rapidly expanding social and cultural evolution.  “Bullying” in schools, and to some extent in society in general, is at the center of the plot. 

 

While it is intended to be a youth drama, the topic is a bit sensitive in China where authorities pulled the film from the Berlin Film Festival.  That said it is an intriguing look at the evolving social fabric of today’s China.  It’s well worth the time and quirky subtitles.

 

Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles.

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Better Days (October 25, 2019)

Release Date: October 25, 2019
Starring: Zhou Dongyu, Jackson Yee, Huang Jue, Fang Yin
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 135 min
Original Title: 少年的你
Original Film Language: 普通话
Nian is trying to get into shape for the state Gaokao exam. Her chances of getting a spot at university depend on her score and the constant bullying of her classmates is not helping much. Bei’s world is the street, with all its dark corners. A night-time encounter brings the shy schoolgirl together with the street-savvy trickster, Bei. When Nian’s school nemesis turns up dead, the new allies come under suspicion.

Cast Better Days

  • Zhou Dongyu
  • Role: Chen Nian
  • Jackson Yee
  • Role: Xiao Bei
  • Huang Jue
  • Role: Lao Yang
  • Fang Yin
  • Role: Zheng Yi
  • Wu Yue
  • Role: Zhou Lei
  • Zhou Ye
  • Role: Wei Lai
  • Zhao Runnan
  • Role: Da Kang
  • Zhang Yao
  • Role: Li Xiang
  • Zhang Yifan
  • Role: Hu Xiaodie

Crew Better Days

  • Dora Ng
  • Costume Design
  • Derek Tsang
  • Director
  • Yuet-Jan Hui
  • Producer
  • Jing-Pin Yu
  • Cinematography
  • Lam Wing-Sum
  • Writer
  • Li Yuan
  • Writer
  • Xu Yimeng
  • Writer

Movie 3:  Midway

This newest version of the battles between the US and Japan in 1945 is an undeniable blockbuster.  That said, we were surprised to discover an article describing errors in the movie that range from factual to revealing mistakes.

None of these details diminish the overall production value or the viewing experience.  The history from Pearl Harbor to Midway and the South Pacific remains one of the most important stories in American history.  The movie is visually stunning.  English, and some Japanese with English subtitles.  

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Midway (November 6, 2019)

Release Date: November 6, 2019
Starring: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart
Genres: War, History, Action, Drama
Runtime: 138 min
Original Title: Midway
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Centropolis Entertainment, Bona Film Group, Providence Entertainment, Lionsgate
The story of the soldiers and aviators who helped turn the tide of the Second World War during the iconic Battle of Midway in June 1942.

Cast Midway

  • Ed Skrein
  • Role: Lieutenant Richard 'Dick' Best
  • Patrick Wilson
  • Role: Rear Admiral Edwin T. Layton
  • Luke Evans
  • Role: Commander Wade McClusky
  • Aaron Eckhart
  • Role: Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle
  • Nick Jonas
  • Role: Bruno Gaido
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Role: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
  • Mandy Moore
  • Role: Anne Best
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Role: Vice Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey
  • Tadanobu Asano
  • Role: Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi
  • Jun Kunimura
  • Role: Vice Admiral Chūichi Nagumo
  • Etsushi Toyokawa
  • Role: Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
  • Keean Johnson
  • Role: Chief Aviation Radioman James Murray
  • Luke Kleintank
  • Role: Lieutenant Clarence Earle Dickinson
  • Darren Criss
  • Role: Commander Eugene Lindsey
  • Russell Dennis Lewis
  • Role: Ensigh O’Flaherty
  • Peter Shinkoda
  • Role: Cmdr. Minoru Genda
  • Nobuya Shimamoto
  • Role: Captain Tomeo Kaku
  • Jake Weber
  • Role: Rear Admiral Raymond Spruance
  • Eric Davis
  • Role: Captain Miles Browning
  • Brennan Brown
  • Role: Commander Joseph Rochefort

Crew Midway

  • Harald Kloser
  • Producer
  • Harald Kloser
  • Music
  • Roland Emmerich
  • Director
  • Roland Emmerich
  • Producer
  • Mark Gordon
  • Producer
  • Thomas Wanker
  • Music
  • Kirk M. Petruccelli
  • Production Design
  • Andrea Kenyon
  • Casting Director
  • Page Buckner
  • Art Direction
  • Brent O'Connor
  • Executive Producer
  • Dong Yu
  • Executive Producer
  • Mario Davignon
  • Costume Design
  • Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks
  • Set Decoration
  • Adam Wolfe
  • Editor
  • Matt Jackson
  • Executive Producer
  • Jean-Pierre Paquet
  • Art Direction
  • Robby Baumgartner
  • Director of Photography
  • Carolyne de Bellefeuille
  • Art Direction
  • Wes Tooke
  • Screenplay
  • Alastair Burlingham
  • Executive Producer
  • Carsten H. W. Lorenz
  • Executive Producer

 

Movies: Motherless Brooklyn, Where’s My Roy Cohn?, Doctor Sleep

Movie 1: Motherless Brooklyn

If you are in the mood for a 1950’s genre Brooklyn, New York setting Drama with an A-list dozen actors, and you have a couple of hours to spend, this just might be your next movie experience.  

Add a jazz club in Harlem, a few New York power brokers, a few thugs, and a  young love interest.  It’s well worth the 144 minutes.

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Motherless Brooklyn (October 31, 2019)

Release Date: October 31, 2019
Starring: Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Runtime: 144 min
Original Title: Motherless Brooklyn
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Class 5 Films, MWM Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures
Lionel Essrog, a private detective living with Tourette syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and best friend — a mystery that carries him from the gin-soaked jazz clubs of Harlem to the slums of Brooklyn to the gilded halls of New York's power brokers.

Cast Motherless Brooklyn

  • Edward Norton
  • Role: Lionel Essrog
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • Role: Laura Rose
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Role: Moses Randolph
  • Bobby Cannavale
  • Role: Tony Vermonte
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Role: Paul Randolph
  • Bruce Willis
  • Role: Frank Minna
  • Leslie Mann
  • Role: Julia Minna
  • Ethan Suplee
  • Role: Gilbert Coney
  • Josh Pais
  • Role: William Lieberman
  • Michael Kenneth Williams
  • Role: Trumpet Man
  • Cherry Jones
  • Role: Gabby Horowitz
  • Candace M. Smith
  • Role: Harlem Jazz Club Patron (Uncredited)
  • Fisher Stevens
  • Role: Lou
  • Dallas Roberts
  • Role: Danny Fantl
  • Robert Wisdom
  • Role: Billy Rose
  • Courtney Gonzalez
  • Role: Protestor
  • Joseph Siravo
  • Role: Actor
  • Doris McCarthy
  • Role: Library Guest
  • Erica Sweany
  • Role: Formosa Hostess
  • Stephen Adly Guirgis
  • Role: Detective
  • Radu Spinghel
  • Role: Giant
  • Olli Haaskivi
  • Role: Hall of Records Clerk
  • Migs Govea
  • Role: Formosa Bartender
  • Katy Davis
  • Role: Inwood Residential Secretary
  • Blaise Corrigan
  • Role: Gabby's Cabby

Crew Motherless Brooklyn

  • Avy Kaufman
  • Casting Director
  • Edward Norton
  • Screenplay
  • Edward Norton
  • Director
  • Edward Norton
  • Producer
  • Gigi Pritzker
  • Producer
  • Rachel Shane
  • Producer
  • Dick Pope
  • Director of Photography
  • Beth Mickle
  • Production Design
  • Joe Klotz
  • Editor
  • Daniel Pemberton
  • Original Music Composer
  • Bill Migliore
  • Producer
  • Michael Bederman
  • Producer
  • Michael Ahern
  • Art Direction
  • Jonathan Lethem
  • Novel
  • Amy Roth
  • Costume Design
  • Kara Zeigon
  • Set Decoration
  • Daniel Nadler
  • Producer
  • Robert F. Smith
  • Producer

 

Movie 2: Where’s My Roy Cohn?

This is a fascinating, albeit aggravating, documentary about Roy Cohn, known as a ruthless lawyer who gained fame during the McCarthy hearings of the 1950’s.  Until his death in 1986 he was known as a corrupt lawyer, a skilled attack dog and a horrid human being.

More importantly, this film chronicles the life and times of a self hating homosexual whose life was filled with gilded trappings, amoral behavior and fueled by insidious actions.  

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Where's My Roy Cohn? (September 20, 2019)

Release Date: September 20, 2019
Starring: Roy M. Cohn, Roger Stone, Barbara Walters
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 97 min
Original Title: Where's My Roy Cohn?
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Altimeter Films
Roy Cohn personified the dark arts of American politics, turning empty vessels into dangerous demagogues - from Joseph McCarthy to his final project, Donald J. Trump. This thriller-like exposé connects the dots, revealing how a deeply troubled master manipulator shaped our current American nightmare.

Cast Where's My Roy Cohn?

  • Roy M. Cohn
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Roger Stone
  • Role: Himself
  • Barbara Walters
  • Role: Herself (archive footage)

Crew Where's My Roy Cohn?

  • Matt Tyrnauer
  • Director
  • Matt Tyrnauer
  • Producer
  • Corey Reeser
  • Producer
  • Marie Brenner
  • Producer
  • Joyce Deep
  • Producer
  • Lorne Balfe
  • Original Music Composer
  • Andrea Lewis
  • Editor
  • Andrea Lewis
  • Producer

 

Movie 3: Doctor Sleep

First, this is a fascinating follow-up to Steven King’s Shining, only 40 years later.  This is mostly a softer version that replaces shock with subtlety.  It’s inventive, thought provoking and an instant classic.

Take a snack or an early lunch/dinner to bridge the 151 minute run time.

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Doctor Sleep (October 30, 2019)

Release Date: October 30, 2019
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Cliff Curtis
Genres: Horror, Drama, Fantasy
Runtime: 152 min
Original Title: Doctor Sleep
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Warner Bros. Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, Intrepid Pictures
A traumatized, alcoholic Dan Torrance meets Abra, a kid who also has the ability to "shine." He tries to protect her from the True Knot, a cult whose goal is to feed off of people like them in order to remain immortal.

Cast Doctor Sleep

  • Ewan McGregor
  • Role: Danny Torrance
  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Role: Rose the Hat
  • Kyliegh Curran
  • Role: Abra Stone
  • Cliff Curtis
  • Role: Billy Freeman
  • Zahn McClarnon
  • Role: Crow Daddy
  • Emily Alyn Lind
  • Role: Snakebite Andi
  • Selena Anduze
  • Role: Apron Annie
  • Robert Longstreet
  • Role: Barry
  • Carel Struycken
  • Role: Grampa Flick
  • Katie Parker
  • Role: Silent Sarey
  • James Flanagan
  • Role: Diesel Doug
  • Met Clark
  • Role: Short Eddie
  • Zackary Momoh
  • Role: David Stone
  • Jocelin Donahue
  • Role: Lucy
  • Dakota Hickman
  • Role: Young Abra
  • Carl Lumbly
  • Role: Dick Halloran
  • Henry Thomas
  • Role: The Bartender
  • Bruce Greenwood
  • Role: Dr. John
  • Sallye Hooks
  • Role: Mrs. Massey
  • Alex Essoe
  • Role: Wendy Torrance
  • Roger Dale Floyd
  • Role: Young Danny
  • George Mengert
  • Role: Charlie
  • Jacob Tremblay
  • Role: Bradley Trevor
  • Chelsea Talmadge
  • Role: Deenie
  • Violet McGraw
  • Role: Violet
  • Bethany Anne Lind
  • Role: Violet's Mother
  • Nicholas Pryor
  • Role: Eddie
  • Deadra Moore
  • Role: Mrs. Robertson
  • Jason Davis
  • Role: Businessman
  • Alyssa Gonzalez
  • Role: Supermarket Clerk
  • Shane Brady
  • Role: Magician
  • Danny Lloyd
  • Role: Baseball Spectator
  • Michael Monks
  • Role: Delbert Grady
  • Hugh Maguire
  • Role: Horace Derwent
  • Sadie Heim
  • Role: Grady Twin
  • Kk Heim
  • Role: Grady Twin
  • Mistie Gibby
  • Role: Bobbie
  • Callie Brook McClincy
  • Role: Library Kid
  • Logan Medina
  • Role: Library Kid
  • Johnnie Gordon
  • Role: Library Kid #3
  • Molly C. Quinn
  • Role: Mrs. Grady
  • Evan Dumouchel
  • Role: Victor T. Boorman
  • MacLeod Andrews
  • Role: Roger Macassi
  • Fedor Steer
  • Role: Vito the Chopper
  • Charles Green
  • Role: U.S. Senator
  • Marc Farley
  • Role: James Parris
  • Juan Carlos Romero Perez
  • Role: Baseball Coach
  • Sarah Morrison
  • Role: Girl
  • Juan Gaspard
  • Role: Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Esteban Cueto
  • Role: Large Man (uncredited)
  • David Michael-Smith
  • Role: Recovering Alcoholic (uncredited)
  • Marc Demeter
  • Role: Construction Worker (uncredited)
  • Josh Turner
  • Role: Dirty Biker (uncredited)
  • Jay D. Kacho
  • Role: Detective (uncredited)
  • J.T. Blair
  • Role: Middle School Student (uncredited)
  • Kevin Petruski Jr.
  • Role: Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Thomas Downing
  • Role: Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Scott Lane
  • Role: Dirty Biker (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Connell
  • Role: Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Shawndella Roberts
  • Role: Townsperson (uncredited)
  • Kaitlyn McCormick
  • Role: Twins (uncredited)
  • Henry Thomas
  • Role: Jack Torrance

Crew Doctor Sleep

  • Stephen King
  • Executive Producer
  • Stephen King
  • Novel
  • Akiva Goldsman
  • Executive Producer
  • Gene Serdena
  • Set Decoration
  • Anne McCarthy
  • Casting
  • Robert Kurtzman
  • Special Effects Key Makeup Artist
  • Maher Ahmad
  • Production Design
  • Roy Lee
  • Executive Producer
  • Kevin McCormick
  • Executive Producer
  • Trevor Macy
  • Producer
  • Michael Fimognari
  • Director of Photography
  • Jon Berg
  • Producer
  • D. Scott Lumpkin
  • Executive Producer
  • Karen Lovell
  • Key Hair Stylist
  • Mike Flanagan
  • Screenplay
  • Mike Flanagan
  • Director
  • Mike Flanagan
  • Editor
  • Kellie Roy
  • Casting
  • Staci Witt
  • Special Effects Key Makeup Artist
  • Rita Parillo
  • Hair Department Head
  • Justin O'Neal Miller
  • Art Direction
  • Terry Anderson
  • Costume Design
  • Janell Sammelman
  • First Assistant Director
  • The Newton Brothers
  • Original Music Composer
  • Alex Capaldi
  • Production Supervisor
  • Andrea Edge
  • Hairstylist

 

 

Movies: The Lighthouse, Frankie, Last Christmas

Movie 1: The Lighthouse

The Movie Database shows about a dozen films over the recent decades by the same name.  You won’t find one quite like the most recent release starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.  Let’s just say their performances are intense, disturbing, and at times horrific.  There is only one other actor, Valeriia Karaman as the Mermaid, and that scene is quite unpleasant.  It’s really a shame.

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The Lighthouse (October 18, 2019)

Release Date: October 18, 2019
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Drama
Runtime: 110 min
Original Title: The Lighthouse
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: A24, RT Features, New Regency Pictures, Parts and Labor, Maiden Voyage Pictures
Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Cast The Lighthouse

  • Robert Pattinson
  • Role: Ephraim Winslow
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Role: Thomas Wake
  • Valeriia Karaman
  • Role: Mermaid

Crew The Lighthouse

  • Arnon Milchan
  • Executive Producer
  • Mark Korven
  • Original Music Composer
  • Michael Schaefer
  • Executive Producer
  • Marc Massicotte
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Jay Van Hoy
  • Producer
  • Robert Eggers
  • Director
  • Robert Eggers
  • Producer
  • Robert Eggers
  • Writer
  • Rob Cotterill
  • First Assistant Director
  • Craig Lathrop
  • Production Design
  • Youree Henley
  • Producer
  • Jarin Blaschke
  • Director of Photography
  • Michael A Volpe
  • Co-Producer
  • Rodrigo Teixeira
  • Producer
  • Damian Volpe
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Traci Loader
  • Makeup Department Head
  • Louise Ford
  • Editor
  • Lourenço Sant'Anna
  • Producer
  • Matt Likely
  • Art Direction
  • Stuart McCowan
  • ADR Editor
  • Neil Davison
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Linda Muir
  • Costume Design
  • Eric Pascarelli
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Kharmel Cochrane
  • Casting Director
  • Sonia Marques
  • Visual Effects Producer
  • Jeffrey Penman
  • Co-Producer
  • Angela Organ
  • ADR Editor
  • Heather Basten
  • Casting Associate
  • Linda Flynn
  • Hair Department Head
  • Max Eggers
  • Writer
  • Nicole Close
  • Second Assistant Director
  • Preston Hudson
  • Third Assistant Director
  • Yariv Milchan
  • Executive Producer
  • Josh Peters
  • Executive Producer

 

Movie 2:  Frankie

Isabelle Huppert delivers a solid performance as an actress in the twilight of her career.  The stunning setting in Sintra, Portugal is perfect.  However, the extensive cast of characters are offset by a convoluted plot.  The result is a tedious experience for the moviegoer.  English and French with English subtitles.

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Frankie (August 28, 2019)

Release Date: August 28, 2019
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 98 min
Original Title: Frankie
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: SBS Productions, O Som e a Fúria
About three generations of a family grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in the historic town of Sintra, Portugal.

Cast Frankie

  • Isabelle Huppert
  • Role: Frankie
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Role: Jimmy
  • Greg Kinnear
  • Role: Gary
  • Marisa Tomei
  • Role: Ilene
  • Jérémie Renier
  • Role: Paul
  • Pascal Greggory
  • Role: Michel
  • Ariyon Bakare
  • Role: Ian
  • Vinette Robinson
  • Role: Sylvia
  • Carloto Cotta
  • Role: Tiago
  • Mikaela Lupu
  • Role: Bianca
  • Mercês Borges
  • Role: Beach girl
  • Sennia Nanua
  • Role: Maya

Crew Frankie

  • Saïd Ben Saïd
  • Producer
  • Ira Sachs
  • Director
  • Ira Sachs
  • Writer
  • Dickon Hinchliffe
  • Original Music Composer
  • Sophie Reine
  • Editor
  • Mauricio Zacharias
  • Writer
  • Lucas Joaquin
  • Executive Producer
  • Rui Poças
  • Director of Photography
  • Michel Merkt
  • Producer
  • Khadija Zeggaï
  • Costume Design
  • Silvia Grabowski
  • Costume Design
  • Kevin Chneiweiss
  • Executive Producer

Movie 3:  Last Christmas

Well…wouldn’t you know this film has been called “the best bad movie of the year” by several sources.  That said, we think the general condition of the global movie industry has lost its moral compass and common sense!  We really enjoyed this movie.

Since when has love and humor in a Christmas themed movie, with good acting, become such an easy target for so many ‘wanna be critics’!  The George Michael soundtrack is pretty good too.

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Last Christmas (November 7, 2019)

Release Date: November 7, 2019
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Runtime: 102 min
Original Title: Last Christmas
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Universal Pictures, Feigco Entertainment
Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Her last date with disaster? That of having accepted to work as Santa's elf for a department store. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.

Cast Last Christmas

  • Emilia Clarke
  • Role: Kate
  • Henry Golding
  • Role: Tom
  • Emma Thompson
  • Role: Petra
  • Michelle Yeoh
  • Role: Santa
  • Patti LuPone
  • Role: Joyce
  • Rob Delaney
  • Role: Theatre Director
  • Lydia Leonard
  • Role: Marta
  • Sue Perkins
  • Role: Ice Show Director
  • Rebecca Root
  • Role: Dr. Addis
  • Jacqueline Ramnarine
  • Role: 
  • Jade Anouka
  • Role: Alba
  • Laura Evelyn
  • Role: Police Woman Churchill
  • Ingrid Oliver
  • Role: Police Woman Crowley
  • Liran Nathan
  • Role: Moroccan Vendor
  • Amit Shah
  • Role: Andy
  • Peter Serafinowicz
  • Role: Theatre Producer
  • Boris Isaković
  • Role: Ivan
  • John-Luke Roberts
  • Role: Klaus the German Clown
  • Peter Mygind
  • Role: The Dane (aka ‘Boy’)
  • Sara Powell
  • Role: Casting Director
  • Ritu Arya
  • Role: Jenna
  • Ansu Kabia
  • Role: Rufus
  • Calvin Demba
  • Role: Nathan
  • Andrew Ridgeley
  • Role: 

Crew Last Christmas

  • Sarah Bradshaw
  • Executive Producer
  • John Schwartzman
  • Director of Photography
  • Theodore Shapiro
  • Original Music Composer
  • Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
  • Costume Design
  • Emma Thompson
  • Screenplay
  • Emma Thompson
  • Producer
  • Fiona Weir
  • Casting Director
  • George Michael
  • Producer
  • Paul Feig
  • Director
  • Alice Searby
  • Casting Director
  • Gary Freeman
  • Production Design
  • David Livingstone
  • Producer
  • Raffaella Giovannetti
  • Set Decoration
  • Richard Hardy
  • Art Direction
  • Bryony Kimmings
  • Screenplay
  • Erik Baiers
  • Producer

 

 

Movies: The Current War: Director’s Cut, Harriet, By the Grace of God

Movie 1: The Current War

What should have been a great blockbuster about the early development of the electricity industry and it titans: George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison and Nikolai Tesla, unfortunately spiraled helplessly under its own weight. It could have been a great film if it hadn’t gotten bogged down with too much detail and confusing plot twists.  The “Director’s Cut” did nothing to improve the theater experience.

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The Current War (July 26, 2019)

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston
Genres: Drama, History
Runtime: 105 min
Original Title: The Current War
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Bazelevs Production, Film Rites, Fourth Floor Productions, 101 Studios
Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people

Cast The Current War

  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Role: Thomas Edison
  • Michael Shannon
  • Role: George Westinghouse
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Role: Nikola Tesla
  • Katherine Waterston
  • Role: Marguerite Westinghouse
  • Tom Holland
  • Role: Samuel Insull
  • Matthew Macfadyen
  • Role: J.P. Morgan
  • Tuppence Middleton
  • Role: Mary Edison
  • Stanley Townsend
  • Role: Franklin Pope
  • Damien Molony
  • Role: Bourke Cockran
  • Conor MacNeill
  • Role: William Kemmler
  • Celyn Jones
  • Role: Sherman Quincy
  • Craig Roberts
  • Role: Robert Lane
  • Harry Melling
  • Role: Benjamin Vale
  • Colin Stinton
  • Role: Daniel Burnham
  • Oliver Powell
  • Role: Leo
  • John Schwab
  • Role: Rudolph Young
  • Abigail Johns
  • Role: Emily Faulk
  • Tom Bell
  • Role: Reverend Vincent
  • Tom Sweet
  • Role: Boy
  • Iain McKee
  • Role: Reporter
  • Jason Matthewson
  • Role: Stock Broker
  • Woody Norman
  • Role: Dash Edison
  • Louis Ashbourne Serkis
  • Role: Older Dash
  • Faye Ormston
  • Role: Party Guest
  • Phil Hodges
  • Role: City Gent
  • Ekow Quartey
  • Role: Journalist 1
  • Adam Lazarus
  • Role: Wabco Worker
  • Simon Connolly
  • Role: Sioux City
  • Joseph Balderrama
  • Role: Horace Kaden
  • Steven I. Dillard
  • Role: NYSE member
  • Benjamin Schnau
  • Role: George Westinghouse's secretary
  • Martyn Mayger
  • Role: Lawyer
  • Toby Williams
  • Role: Fort Worth Investment Banker
  • Tim Steed
  • Role: Maurice Manesburg
  • Christopher McMullen
  • Role: New York Stockbroker
  • Jeremy Oliver
  • Role: Mr. Westinghouse's Secretary
  • Liza Ross
  • Role: Beti
  • Steve Carroll
  • Role: Cinema Goer
  • James Chalmers
  • Role: South Dakota Delegate
  • Nancy Crane
  • Role: Gladys
  • Will Irvine
  • Role: Reporter 1
  • Adam Pearce
  • Role: New Orleans Investment Banker
  • Sophia Ally
  • Role: Dotty Edison
  • Kevin Millington
  • Role: Henry Walsh
  • Ben Mars
  • Role: Francis Upton
  • Greg Haiste
  • Role: South Dakota Delegate
  • Katy Poulter
  • Role: Hannah
  • Jed Aukin
  • Role: Westinghouse Secretary
  • Robert-Anthony Artlett
  • Role: Lawyer
  • John Kinory
  • Role: Scientist
  • Michael Yates
  • Role: Stock Enchange Gent
  • Andy Cockell
  • Role: City Gent
  • Giacomo Joshua Brunelli
  • Role: WABCO Worker
  • Nigel Wilcock
  • Role: J.P. Morgan Lawyer
  • Jay William Whittington Barrette
  • Role: Wabco Worker
  • Thor Janke
  • Role: Policeman
  • James Chipman
  • Role: Reporter (uncredited)
  • Gary Kiely
  • Role: WABCO worker (uncredited)
  • Andrew Okello
  • Role: Footman
  • David Morley Hale
  • Role: Frederick Worthington
  • Pamela Betsy Cooper
  • Role: Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • Simon Manyonda
  • Role: Lewis Latimer
  • John Pierce Jones
  • Role: President Glover Cleveland

Crew The Current War

  • Bob Weinstein
  • Executive Producer
  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Producer
  • Ellen Lewis
  • Casting
  • Steven Zaillian
  • Executive Producer
  • Michael Wilkinson
  • Costume Design
  • Mark Scruton
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Jeong Jeong-hun
  • Director of Photography
  • Stephen Bream
  • Art Direction
  • Jan Roelfs
  • Production Design
  • Timur Bekmambetov
  • Producer
  • Basil Iwanyk
  • Producer
  • Alex Oakley
  • First Assistant Director
  • Chris Munro
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Garrett Basch
  • Executive Producer
  • David Trachtenberg
  • Editor
  • Saunder Jurriaans
  • Original Music Composer
  • Danny Bensi
  • Original Music Composer
  • Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • Director
  • Paul Herbert
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Theo Park
  • Casting
  • Michael Mitnick
  • Screenplay
  • Michael Mitnick
  • Executive Producer
  • Justin Ball
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • David Doran
  • Art Direction
  • Jean-Paul Chreky
  • Script Supervisor
  • Paul Edwards
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Brendan Houghton
  • Storyboard Designer
  • Remo Tozzi
  • Art Direction
  • Katherine Pearl
  • Art Department Coordinator
  • Philip Lobban
  • Location Scout
  • Andy Cole
  • Gaffer
  • Mark McIntyre
  • Assistant Property Master
  • Adam Ackland
  • Executive Producer
  • Matthew Patnick
  • Line Producer
  • Lucy Eyre
  • Set Decoration
  • Clare Finnegan
  • Unit Production Manager
  • Martin Walker
  • Unit Manager
  • Fletcher Jarvis
  • Prop Maker
  • Constantine Katsaras
  • Draughtsman
  • Ryan Paul McCarthy
  • Art Department Assistant
  • Sam Towers
  • Carpenter
  • Lucy Williams
  • Art Department Assistant
  • Jeff Woodbridge
  • Carpenter
  • Marta Padilla
  • 3D Modeller
  • Kye Mckee
  • Stunts
  • Dave Clements
  • Electrician
  • Zared Shai
  • Assistant Editor
  • Adriene Whitwell
  • Location Scout
  • Matthew Winter
  • Location Scout
  • Sam Dormer
  • Armorer
  • Vicki Smith
  • Assistant Production Coordinator
  • Jacob Wood
  • Stand In

Movie 2: Harriet

DO NOT miss the opportunity to see this film.  It’s a chronicle of slave Harriet Tubman’s life story, one of the most acclaimed icons of the Freedom Fighters during the Civil War era and its Underground Railroad. 

In honor of her legacy, her image has been selected to appear on the next generation of $20 bills. 

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Harriet (November 1, 2019)

Release Date: November 1, 2019
Starring: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monáe
Genres: History, Drama
Runtime: 125 min
Original Title: Harriet
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Focus Features
The story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849.

Cast Harriet

  • Cynthia Erivo
  • Role: Harriet Tubman
  • Leslie Odom Jr.
  • Role: William Still
  • Joe Alwyn
  • Role: Gideon Brodess
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Role: Marie Buchanon
  • Jennifer Nettles
  • Role: Eliza Brodess
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway
  • Role: Rit Ross
  • Clarke Peters
  • Role: Ben Ross
  • Henry Hunter Hall
  • Role: Walter
  • Zackary Momoh
  • Role: John Tubman
  • Tim Guinee
  • Role: 
  • Deborah Ayorinde
  • Role: 
  • Vondie Curtis-Hall
  • Role: 
  • Tory Kittles
  • Role: 
  • Omar J. Dorsey
  • Role: 
  • Mike Marunde
  • Role: Edward Broduss
  • Claire Bronson
  • Role: Rachel Garrett

Crew Harriet

  • Gregory Allen Howard
  • Screenplay
  • Debra Martin Chase
  • Producer
  • Gregory Allen Howard
  • Producer
  • Charles D. King
  • Producer
  • Daniela Taplin Lundberg
  • Producer
  • Kim Roth
  • Producer
  • Elizabeth Koch
  • Executive Producer
  • Kristina Kendall
  • Executive Producer
  • Nnamdi Asomugha
  • Executive Producer
  • Bill Benenson
  • Executive Producer
  • Poppy Hanks
  • Executive Producer
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Director
  • John Toll
  • Director of Photography
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Screenplay
  • Gregory Allen Howard
  • Screenstory
  • Terence Blanchard
  • Original Music Composer
  • Wyatt Smith
  • Editor
  • Kim Coleman
  • Casting Director
  • Warren Alan Young
  • Production Design
  • Kevin Hardison
  • Art Direction
  • Christina Eunji Kim
  • Art Direction
  • Marthe Pineau
  • Set Decoration
  • Paul Tazewell
  • Costume Design

Movie 3: By the Grace of God

This film tells the “mostly true story” about child molestation that took place in the Archdiocese of Lyon, France.  It was often difficult to watch the life long trauma so many young people were burdened with for so long.   

Fortunately the focus of the film is more about the resilience of its victims and less about the ultimate conviction in 2019 of Cardinal Barbarin of Lyon.  French with English subtitles.

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By the Grace of God (October 25, 2019)

Release Date: October 25, 2019
Starring: Arthur Albrecht, Catherine Guy
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 37 min
Original Title: By the Grace of God
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: National Film and Television School (NFTS)
'By The Grace Of God' follows the tragic odyssey of Juergen, whose attempt to make contact with his imagined mother, the Queen of England, leads him to a sense of personal crisis, of aporia.

Cast By the Grace of God

  • Arthur Albrecht
  • Role: Juergen
  • Catherine Guy
  • Role: Journalist

Crew By the Grace of God

  • Ralitza Petrova
  • Director
  • Ralitza Petrova
  • Writer

 

Movies: Parasite, Jojo Rabbit, Pain and Glory

Movie 1: Parasite

It’s an interesting title from a brilliant Director, Bong Joon-ho.  It takes more than a minute or two to sort out what’s happening.  Is it a satire?  Is it a comedy?  The audience is held in suspense.  It’s inventive, refreshing, off putting and sometimes all at the same time.  It’s completely unique and likely to garner several nominations come awards season.  Korean with English subtitles.

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Parasite (May 30, 2019)

Release Date: May 30, 2019
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choe U-sik
Genres: Thriller, Drama, Comedy
Runtime: 132 min
Original Title: 기생충
Original Film Language: 한국어/조선말
Production Companies: CJ Entertainment, Barunson E&A
All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Cast Parasite

  • Song Kang-ho
  • Role: Kim Ki-taek
  • Lee Sun-kyun
  • Role: Park Dong-ik
  • Cho Yeo-jeong
  • Role: Yeon-kyo
  • Choe U-sik
  • Role: Ki-woo
  • Park So-dam
  • Role: Ki-jung
  • Lee Jung-eun
  • Role: Moon-gwang
  • Chang Hyae-jin
  • Role: Chung-sook
  • Park Myung-hoon
  • Role: Geun-se
  • Jung Ji-so
  • Role: Da-hye
  • Jung Hyeon-jun
  • Role: Da-song
  • Park Keun-rok
  • Role: Driver Yoon
  • Jung Yi-seo
  • Role: Pizza manager
  • Jeong Ik-han
  • Role: Neighbor
  • Lee Joo-hyung
  • Role: Party man
  • Lee Ji-hye
  • Role: A Singer
  • Andreas Fronk
  • Role: German father
  • Anna Elisabeth Rihlmann
  • Role: German mother
  • Park Seo-joon
  • Role: Min-hyuk
  • Yoon Hye-ri
  • Role: JTBC Reporter

Crew Parasite

  • Bong Joon-ho
  • Screenplay
  • Bong Joon-ho
  • Director
  • Bong Joon-ho
  • Producer
  • Bong Joon-ho
  • Story
  • Miky Lee
  • Executive Producer
  • Hong Kyung-pyo
  • Director of Photography
  • Choe U-sik
  • Theme Song Performance
  • Choi Se-yeon
  • Costume Design
  • Moon Yang-kwon
  • Producer
  • Kim Dae-hwan
  • Adaptation
  • Bang Ok-kyung
  • Executive Producer
  • Eun Hui-su
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Park Myeong-Chan
  • Executive Producer
  • Yang Jin-mo
  • Editor
  • Lee Ha-jun
  • Production Design
  • Choi Tae-young
  • Sound Supervisor
  • Kwak Tae-young
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Park Hyo-shin
  • Theme Song Performance
  • Jung Jae-il
  • Original Music Composer
  • Jang Young-hwan
  • Producer
  • Kwak Sin-ae
  • Producer
  • Sohn Suk-hee
  • Thanks
  • Kim Seo-young
  • Makeup & Hair
  • Kim Chang-ho
  • Lighting Director
  • Gang Hye-yeong
  • Sound Effects Designer
  • Hong Jeong-ho
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Heo Min-heoi
  • Co-Executive Producer
  • Han Jin-won
  • Screenplay
  • Kim Seong-sik
  • Assistant Director
  • Oh You-jin
  • Props
  • Yoo Sang-seob
  • Fight Choreographer
  • Jung Do-an
  • Special Effects Supervisor
  • Park Min-cheol
  • Line Producer

 

Movie 2: Jojo Rabbit

WOW!  This is totally unique film making.  It’s a farce, fantasy and drama concurrently.  It’s also a holocaust drama.  There are great subtleties in play.  Apparently it’s intended as a satire but the hard reality of the holocaust is thinly veiled just below the surface.  It’s hard to watch.  It’s audacious to a fault.

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Jojo Rabbit (October 18, 2019)

Release Date: October 18, 2019
Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson
Genres: Comedy, War, Drama
Runtime: 108 min
Original Title: Jojo Rabbit
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Unison Films
A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

Cast Jojo Rabbit

  • Roman Griffin Davis
  • Role: Johannes "Jojo" Betzler
  • Thomasin McKenzie
  • Role: Elsa Korr
  • Taika Waititi
  • Role: Adolf Hitler
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Role: Rosie Betzler
  • Sam Rockwell
  • Role: Captain Klenzendorf
  • Rebel Wilson
  • Role: Fraulein Rahm
  • Alfie Allen
  • Role: Sub-Officer Finkel
  • Stephen Merchant
  • Role: Captain Deertz
  • Luke Brandon Field
  • Role: Christoph
  • Joe Weintraub
  • Role: Herr Junker
  • Brian Caspe
  • Role: Herr Mueller
  • James McVan
  • Role: American Soldier
  • Judith Georgi
  • Role: German Translator
  • Archie Yates
  • Role: Yorki
  • Victoria Hogan
  • Role: Woman
  • Bethany Adams
  • Role: Secretary

Crew Jojo Rabbit

  • Des Hamilton
  • Casting
  • Michael Giacchino
  • Original Music Composer
  • Mayes C. Rubeo
  • Costume Design
  • Mihai Mălaimare Jr.
  • Director of Photography
  • Taika Waititi
  • Screenplay
  • Taika Waititi
  • Director
  • Taika Waititi
  • Producer
  • Kevan Van Thompson
  • Executive Producer
  • Brendan Heffernan
  • Concept Artist
  • Dannelle Satherley
  • Makeup & Hair
  • Vaclav Mottl
  • Unit Production Manager
  • Chelsea Winstanley
  • Producer
  • Tom Eagles
  • Editor
  • Ra Vincent
  • Production Design
  • Jason Chen
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Maya Kvetny
  • Casting
  • Carthew Neal
  • Producer
  • Christine Leunens
  • Novel
  • Mark Taylor
  • First Assistant Director
  • Ondrej Lipensky
  • Art Direction
  • Nora Sopková
  • Set Decoration

 

Movie 3: Pain and Glory

This latest film by Pedro Almodovar is a reflection on life, memory, loss and passion.  It appears at first to be somewhat biographical but it also seems a reflection on several character’s life journeys.  We liked that it’s arguably “the most emotionally naked film this Director has ever made”.  Spanish with English subtitles.

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Pain and Glory (March 22, 2019)

Release Date: March 22, 2019
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 114 min
Original Title: Dolor y gloria
Original Film Language: Español
Production Companies: El Deseo, Televisión Española
Salvador Mallo, a filmmaker in the twilight of his career, remembers his life: his mother, his lovers, the actors he worked with. The sixties in a small village in Valencia, the eighties in Madrid, the present, when he feels an immeasurable emptiness, facing his mortality, the incapability of continuing filming, the impossibility of separating creation from his own life. The need of narrating his past can be his salvation.

Cast Pain and Glory

  • Antonio Banderas
  • Role: Salvador Mallo
  • Asier Etxeandia
  • Role: Alberto Crespo
  • Leonardo Sbaraglia
  • Role: Federico Delgado
  • Nora Navas
  • Role: Mercedes
  • Julieta Serrano
  • Role: Old Jacinta
  • Penélope Cruz
  • Role: Jacinta
  • César Vicente
  • Role: Eduardo
  • Asier Flores
  • Role: Young Salvador
  • Cecilia Roth
  • Role: Zulema
  • Susi Sánchez
  • Role: Pious Woman from Paterna
  • Raúl Arévalo
  • Role: Venancio Mallo
  • Pedro Casablanc
  • Role: Dr. A. Galindo
  • Julián López
  • Role: Presenter
  • Eva Martín
  • Role: Radiologist
  • Sara Sierra
  • Role: Conchita
  • Constancia Céspedes
  • Role: 
  • Rosalía
  • Role: Laundress Rosita
  • Marisol Muriel
  • Role: Laundress Mari
  • Paqui Horcajo
  • Role: Laundress Mercedes
  • Alba Gómez
  • Role: 
  • Xavier Sáez
  • Role: Man at Cinema
  • Aline Casagrande
  • Role: 
  • Luis Calero
  • Role: Father José María
  • Virgil-Henry Mathet
  • Role: Gallerist
  • Chimezie Eke
  • Role: Drug Dealer
  • Esperanza Guardado
  • Role: 
  • Agustín Almodóvar
  • Role: Priest at Seminary
  • Miguel Rivera
  • Role: 
  • Eneko Galende
  • Role: Boy at Seminary
  • Fernando Iglesias
  • Role: Pianist

Crew Pain and Glory

  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • Director
  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • Screenplay
  • Agustín Almodóvar
  • Producer
  • Alberto Iglesias
  • Original Music Composer
  • José Luis Alcaine
  • Director of Photography
  • Teresa Font
  • Editor
  • Antxón Gómez
  • Production Design
  • María Clara Notari
  • Art Direction
  • Paola Torres
  • Costume Design
  • Toni Novella
  • Production Manager
  • Eva Leira
  • Casting
  • Yolanda Serrano
  • Casting
  • Ana Belén Martín
  • Sound Editor
  • Ana Lozano
  • Makeup Designer
  • Sergio Pérez Berbel
  • Hairstylist
  • Francisco Bassi
  • Set Designer
  • Vicent Díaz
  • Set Designer
  • José Luis Saldaña
  • Set Designer
  • Ana Caparrós
  • Assistant Sound Editor
  • Pelayo Gutiérrez
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Manolo Pavón
  • Still Photographer
  • Juan Gatti
  • Graphic Designer
  • Juan Gatti
  • Animation
  • Esther García
  • Executive Producer
  • Bárbara Peiró
  • Associate Producer
  • Diego Pajuelo
  • Associate Producer
  • Sergio Bürmann
  • Sound Recordist
  • Marc Orts
  • Sound Mixer
  • Óscar Abades
  • Special Effects
  • Montse Ribé
  • Special Effects

 

 

Movies: Sorry We Missed You, Gemini Man, Judy

Movie 1 Title: Sorry We Missed You

Set in Suburban London and the financial crash of 2008, this is the story of an average family and the layered challenges they endure just trying to make ends meet.

Just as important the script is laser focused on the character development and the erosion that slowly tears the family apart.  Excellent on all fronts. It was a favorite at Cannes.  Seek it out if you can. 

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Sorry We Missed You (October 4, 2019)

Release Date: October 4, 2019
Starring: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 100 min
Original Title: Sorry We Missed You
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Sixteen Films, Les Films du Fleuve, Wild Bunch, Entertainment One
A story exploring the issue of hardship in modern-day Britain through a young couple scraping to get by in a casual jobs market. A hard-up delivery driver and his carer wife are pushed to breaking point as they struggle to keep their family afloat in a world of zero-hour contracts and gig work.

Cast Sorry We Missed You

  • Kris Hitchen
  • Role: Ricky Turner
  • Debbie Honeywood
  • Role: Abbi Turner
  • Rhys Stone
  • Role: Seb
  • Katie Proctor
  • Role: Liza Jane Turner
  • Ross Brewster
  • Role: Gavin Maloney
  • Charlie Richmond
  • Role: Henry Morgan
  • Julian Ions
  • Role: Freddie
  • Sheila Dunkerley
  • Role: Rosie
  • Maxie Peters
  • Role: Robert
  • Christopher-John Slater
  • Role: Ben
  • Heather Wood
  • Role: Mollie
  • Alberto Dumba
  • Role: Harpoon
  • Natalia Stonebanks
  • Role: Roz
  • Jordan Collard
  • Role: Dodge
  • Dave Turner
  • Role: Magpie
  • Stephen Clegg
  • Role: Policeman
  • Nikki Marshall
  • Role: Traffic Warden
  • Darren Jones
  • Role: Council Worker
  • Linda E. Greenwood
  • Role: Driver
  • Mark Birch
  • Role: Driver
  • Mark Burns
  • Role: Homeless man
  • Vicky Hall
  • Role: A&E Nurse
  • Harriet Ghost
  • Role: Office Worker

Crew Sorry We Missed You

  • Ken Loach
  • Director
  • Ken Loach
  • Writer
  • Rebecca O'Brien
  • Producer
  • Ken Loach
  • Producer
  • Eimhear McMahon
  • Line Producer
  • George Fenton
  • Music
  • Jonathan Morris
  • Editor
  • Kahleen Crawford
  • Casting
  • Fergus Clegg
  • Production Design
  • Jo Slater
  • Costume Design
  • Anita Brolly
  • Makeup Designer
  • Adrienne D'Anna
  • Assistant Production Manager
  • Jamie Hamer
  • Second Assistant Director
  • La' Toyah McDonald
  • Third Assistant Director
  • Julie Bemment
  • Art Department Assistant
  • Ruby Alexandra Hirst
  • Art Department Assistant
  • Campbell Mitchell
  • Props
  • Ray Beckett
  • Sound Mixer
  • Kevin Brazier
  • Sound Editor
  • Hannes Bruneel
  • Telecine Colorist
  • Max Graham
  • Dailies Technician
  • Laurent Van Eijs
  • Gaffer
  • Thibault Walckiers
  • Second Assistant Camera
  • Marianne Lynch
  • Casting Assistant
  • Rachel Durance
  • Assistant Editor
  • Mark Gales
  • Location Manager
  • Stuart Wharton
  • Location Assistant
  • Shona Mackenzie
  • Production Coordinator
  • Paul Laverty
  • Writer


Movie 2 Title: Gemini Man

Lots of critics panned this film as “a clever gimmick”, “tedious”, and a “muddled misfire”.  We are not sure they were watching the same film we did.  We felt it was engaging, thought provoking and well executed.  Add a new state of the art CGI (computer generated images) technology and we may be seeing a lot of inventive stories in the near future. 

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Gemini Man (October 2, 2019)

Release Date: October 2, 2019
Starring: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong
Genres: Action, Thriller
Runtime: 117 min
Original Title: Gemini Man
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Skydance Media
Henry Brogen, an aging assassin tries to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.

Cast Gemini Man

  • Will Smith
  • Role: Henry Brogen
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • Role: Danny
  • Clive Owen
  • Role: Clay Verris
  • Benedict Wong
  • Role: Baron
  • Linda Emond
  • Role: Lassiter
  • Theodora Miranne
  • Role: Kitty
  • Justin James Boykin
  • Role: Connor
  • Alexandra Szucs
  • Role: Aniko
  • Douglas Hodge
  • Role: 
  • Tim Connolly
  • Role: 
  • Victor Hugo
  • Role: Junior (on set reference)
  • Georgia Curtis
  • Role: 

Crew Gemini Man

  • Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Producer
  • Dion Beebe
  • Director of Photography
  • Ang Lee
  • Director
  • Tim Squyres
  • Editor
  • Don Murphy
  • Producer
  • David Benioff
  • Screenplay
  • David Benioff
  • Story
  • Billy Ray
  • Screenplay
  • Dana Goldberg
  • Producer
  • Don Granger
  • Producer
  • David Ellison
  • Producer
  • Suttirat Anne Larlarb
  • Costume Design
  • Darren Lemke
  • Screenplay
  • Darren Lemke
  • Story
  • Lorne Balfe
  • Original Music Composer
  • Guy Hendrix Dyas
  • Production Design
  • Gergely Rieger
  • Art Direction

Movie 3 Title: Judy

Rarely does a performance come along that depicts its character so perfectly that one forgets who is whom.  In this film, Renee Zellweger not only plays Judy Garland, she morphs into Judy Garland.  

Overall, its an extraordinary look at a legendary performer in the twilight of her career and life.  If you are a fan, we are pretty sure you will like this film. 

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Judy (September 27, 2019)

Release Date: September 27, 2019
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Rufus Sewell, Finn Wittrock, Michael Gambon
Genres: Drama, Romance, History
Runtime: 118 min
Original Title: Judy
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: BBC Films, Calamity Films, Pathé!
Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Cast Judy

  • Renée Zellweger
  • Role: Judy Garland
  • Rufus Sewell
  • Role: Sidney Luft
  • Finn Wittrock
  • Role: Mickey Deans
  • Michael Gambon
  • Role: Bernard Delfont
  • Richard Cordery
  • Role: Louis B. Mayer
  • Jessie Buckley
  • Role: Rosalyn Wilder
  • Bella Ramsey
  • Role: Lorna Luft
  • John Dagleish
  • Role: Lonnie Donegan
  • Gemma-Leah Devereux
  • Role: Liza Minnelli
  • Tim Ahern
  • Role: Walter Rickerts
  • Bentley Kalu
  • Role: Georgie
  • Arthur McBain
  • Role: Askith
  • Phil Dunster
  • Role: Ben
  • David Shields
  • Role: Bailey
  • John Mackay
  • Role: Johnnie Ray
  • Darci Shaw
  • Role: Young Judy Garland
  • Tom Durant Pritchard
  • Role: Ken Frisch
  • Andy Nyman
  • Role: Dan
  • Daniel Cerqueira
  • Role: Stan
  • Royce Pierreson
  • Role: Burt
  • David Rubin
  • Role: Noel
  • Natasha Powell
  • Role: Ethel Gumm
  • Israel Ruiz
  • Role: London Photographer
  • Lucy Russell
  • Role: Publicist
  • Matt Nalton
  • Role: Music Director

Crew Judy

  • Gabriel Yared
  • Original Music Composer
  • Kave Quinn
  • Production Design
  • Jany Temime
  • Costume Design
  • Fiona Weir
  • Casting Director
  • Cameron McCracken
  • Executive Producer
  • Mickey Liddell
  • Executive Producer
  • Melanie Oliver
  • Editor
  • Rupert Goold
  • Director
  • Ole Bratt Birkeland
  • Director of Photography
  • Pete Shilaimon
  • Executive Producer
  • Alice Searby
  • Casting Director
  • David Livingstone
  • Producer
  • Laurence Myers
  • Executive Producer
  • Tom Edge
  • Screenplay
  • Stella Fox
  • Set Decoration
  • Aaron Levene
  • Executive Producer
  • Tilly Scandrett
  • Art Direction
  • Andrea Scarso
  • Executive Producer
  • Peter Quilter
  • Writer
  • Lee Dean
  • Executive Producer
  • Charles Diamond
  • Executive Producer
  • Ellis Goodman
  • Executive Producer
  • Jim Spencer
  • Co-Producer

 

Movies: Joker, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Terminator: Dark Fate

BIG HELLO to everyone!  We are finally back home from our five weeks in Europe.  Exhausted, refreshed, inspired, thankful, and content!  Thanks to all for the wonderful comments and updates along the way.  We truly feel like we live in a global family!!

It’s with apologies we are behind on our movie reviews.  We managed to see nine movies while on the road.  The first three have already been published.  The next six will be posted over the next few days in two separate posts.

A quick list of things that surprised us:

  • We were surprised to see films released in Europe before the US including Port Authority, Terminator: Dark Fate, and A Rainy Day in New York.
  • The multiplex in Bratislava, Slovakia offers snacks like nachos with Vodka shots!
  • One massive Paris complex had 32 screens, all underground.  Most theaters 75 to 95% full.
  • We saw the most popular films shown in VO (version original) that means the language of the films origin. We only saw English language films, some had subtitles in two or three languages.

Movie 1: Joker

Well…it won the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival!  That said we found it concurrently intriguing and disturbing.  Joaquin Phoenix again morphs himself into an odd if not bizarre character.  There continues to be controversy about the film in terms of social commentary. 
We found it to be a fascinating and creepy psychological thriller. 

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Joker (October 2, 2019)

Release Date: October 2, 2019
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy
Genres: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Runtime: 122 min
Original Title: Joker
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Comics, Joint Effort, Village Roadshow Pictures, Bron Studios
During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

Cast Joker

  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Role: Arthur Fleck / Joker
  • Robert De Niro
  • Role: Murray Franklin
  • Zazie Beetz
  • Role: Sophie Dumond
  • Frances Conroy
  • Role: Penny Fleck
  • Brett Cullen
  • Role: Thomas Wayne
  • Shea Whigham
  • Role: Detective Burke
  • Bill Camp
  • Role: Detective Garrity
  • Glenn Fleshler
  • Role: Randall
  • Leigh Gill
  • Role: Gary
  • Josh Pais
  • Role: Hoyt Vaughn
  • Marc Maron
  • Role: Ted Marco
  • Sondra James
  • Role: Dr. Sally
  • Murphy Guyer
  • Role: Barry O'Donnell
  • Douglas Hodge
  • Role: Alfred Pennyworth
  • Dante Pereira-Olson
  • Role: Young Bruce Wayne
  • Brian Tyree Henry
  • Role: Carl (Arkham Clerk)
  • Sharon Washington
  • Role: Social Worker
  • Jolie Chan
  • Role: Street Worker
  • Mary Kate Malat
  • Role: Murray Franklin Intern
  • Evan Rosado
  • Role: Gangboy
  • Adrienne Lovette
  • Role: Middle Aged Woman
  • Mandela Bellamy
  • Role: Boy's Mother
  • Hannah Gross
  • Role: Young Penny
  • Justin Theroux
  • Role: Ethan Chase (uncredited)
  • April Grace
  • Role: Arkham Psychiatrist
  • Carl Lundstedt
  • Role: Wall Street Three
  • Michael Benz
  • Role: Wall Street Three
  • Gary Gulman
  • Role: Comedian
  • Sam Morril
  • Role: Open Mic Comic
  • Chris Redd
  • Role: Comedy Club Emcee
  • Mandela Bellamy
  • Role: Mother on Bus
  • Greer Barnes
  • Role: Haha's Clown
  • Bryan Callen
  • Role: Haha's Stripper
  • Ray Iannicelli
  • Role: Haha's Clown
  • Peter Benson
  • Role: Good Morning Host
  • Mike Troll
  • Role: Clown Protestor
  • Jane Fergus
  • Role: IBN Anchorwoman
  • Jeff McCarthy
  • Role: NCB Anchor
  • Kim Brockington
  • Role: NCB Co-Anchor
  • Michael-Scott Druckenmiller
  • Role: Paramedic
  • John Cenatiempo
  • Role: Aftermath Police Officer
  • Danny Schoch
  • Role: Aftermath Police Officers
  • Keith Buterbaugh
  • Role: Band Leader
  • James Ciccone
  • Role: Murray Franklin Band
  • Rich Campbell
  • Role: Murray Franklin Band
  • Richard Baratta
  • Role: Murray Franklin Band
  • April Grace
  • Role: Arkham Psychiatrist

Crew Joker

  • Scott Silver
  • Writer
  • Bruce Berman
  • Executive Producer
  • Mark Friedberg
  • Production Design
  • Lawrence Sher
  • Director of Photography
  • Lawrence Sher
  • Cinematography
  • Laura Ballinger
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Michael E. Uslan
  • Executive Producer
  • Richard Baratta
  • Executive Producer
  • Mark Bridges
  • Costume Design
  • Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • Producer
  • Walter Hamada
  • Executive Producer
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Producer
  • Todd Phillips
  • Director
  • Todd Phillips
  • Producer
  • Todd Phillips
  • Writer
  • David Webb
  • Co-Producer
  • Kay Georgiou
  • Hair Department Head
  • Jeff Groth
  • Editor
  • Kris Moran
  • Set Decoration
  • Joseph Garner
  • Executive Producer
  • Nicki Ledermann
  • Makeup Department Head
  • G.A. Aguilar
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Aaron L. Gilbert
  • Executive Producer
  • Airon Armstrong
  • Stunt Double
  • Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • Original Music Composer
  • Brian Adler
  • Visual Effects
  • Jason Cloth
  • Executive Producer
  • Frank Alfano
  • Stunts
  • Shayna Markowitz
  • Casting
  • Timothy Metzger
  • Leadman


Movie 2: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

It’s a live action version of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty franchise with a darker underbelly.  It’s pretty sophisticated with exceptional special affects.  There are a few “rough patches” that just don’t work very well but overall it is well done.  It might be a bit much for youngsters.

 

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (October 16, 2019)

Release Date: October 16, 2019
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Harris Dickinson
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Runtime: 118 min
Original Title: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures
Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play.

Cast Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

  • Angelina Jolie
  • Role: Maleficent
  • Elle Fanning
  • Role: Princess Aurora
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Role: Queen Ingrith
  • Harris Dickinson
  • Role: Prince Phillip
  • Sam Riley
  • Role: Diaval
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Role: Conall
  • Ed Skrein
  • Role: Borra
  • Robert Lindsay
  • Role: King John
  • David Gyasi
  • Role: Percival
  • Jenn Murray
  • Role: Gerda
  • Juno Temple
  • Role: Thistlewit
  • Lesley Manville
  • Role: Flittle
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Role: Knotgrass
  • Judi Shekoni
  • Role: Shrike (Jungle)
  • Miyavi
  • Role: Udo (Tundra)
  • Kae Alexander
  • Role: Ini (Desert)
  • Warwick Davis
  • Role: Lickspittle
  • Fernanda Diniz
  • Role: Jungle Warrior Fey
  • Teresa Mahoney
  • Role: Dinner Servant

Crew Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

  • Craig Wood
  • Editor
  • Patrick Tatopoulos
  • Production Design
  • Ellen Mirojnick
  • Costume Design
  • Duncan Henderson
  • Producer
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Producer
  • Geoff Zanelli
  • Original Music Composer
  • Joachim Rønning
  • Director
  • Joe Roth
  • Producer
  • Henry Braham
  • Director of Photography
  • Jeff Kirschenbaum
  • Executive Producer
  • Linda Woolverton
  • Screenplay
  • Linda Woolverton
  • Story
  • Noah Harpster
  • Screenplay
  • Reg Poerscout-Edgerton
  • Casting Director
  • Micah Fitzerman-Blue
  • Screenplay
  • Laura Jennings
  • Editor
  • Michael Vieira
  • Executive Producer
  • Matt Smith
  • Executive Producer
  • Dominic Capon
  • Set Decoration

Movie 3: Terminator: Dark Fate

This was better than we expected.  After all the last three editions were a bit bleak.  This version was inventive, adding just enough new twists to keep it fresh while respecting the franchises’ history.  It’s well worth the watch if you are already a fan.  

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Summary

Terminator: Dark Fate (October 23, 2019)

Release Date: October 23, 2019
Starring: Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, Gabriel Luna
Genres: Action, Science Fiction
Runtime: 128 min
Original Title: Terminator: Dark Fate
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Lightstorm Entertainment, Skydance Media, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Tencent Pictures, TSG Entertainment
More than two decades have passed since Sarah Connor prevented Judgment Day, changed the future, and re-wrote the fate of the human race. Dani Ramos is living a simple life in Mexico City with her brother and father when a highly advanced and deadly new Terminator – a Rev-9 – travels back through time to hunt and kill her. Dani's survival depends on her joining forces with two warriors: Grace, an enhanced super-soldier from the future, and a battle-hardened Sarah Connor. As the Rev-9 ruthlessly destroys everything and everyone in its path on the hunt for Dani, the three are led to a T-800 from Sarah’s past that may be their last best hope.

Cast Terminator: Dark Fate

  • Natalia Reyes
  • Role: Daniela "Dani" Ramos
  • Mackenzie Davis
  • Role: Grace
  • Linda Hamilton
  • Role: Sarah Connor
  • Gabriel Luna
  • Role: Rev-9
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Role: Carl / The Terminator
  • Diego Boneta
  • Role: Diego Ramos
  • Fraser James
  • Role: Major Dean
  • Alicia Borrachero
  • Role: Carl's Wife
  • Enrique Arce
  • Role: Dani Ramos's Father
  • Edward Furlong
  • Role: John Connor
  • Jude Collie
  • Role: John Connor (Body Double)
  • Brett Azar
  • Role: T-800 "Model 101" (Body Double)
  • Nicholas Wittman
  • Role: F-35 Pilot
  • Mario de la Rosa
  • Role: Mexico City Cop
  • Claudia Trujillo
  • Role: Maria
  • Rochelle Neil
  • Role: C-5 Co-Pilot
  • Tom Hopper
  • Role: Hadrell
  • Steven Cree
  • Role: Rigby
  • Pete Ploszek
  • Role: Akers
  • Tábata Cerezo
  • Role: Julia
  • Christine Horn
  • Role: Owens
  • Pedro Rudolphi
  • Role: Cholo
  • Blair Jackson
  • Role: JP
  • Kacy Owens
  • Role: Maggie Clinton
  • Phillip Garcia
  • Role: Rusty
  • Lorna Brown
  • Role: Agent Brenner
  • Stuart McQuarrie
  • Role: Manager
  • Tristán Ulloa
  • Role: Felipe Gandal

Crew Terminator: Dark Fate

  • Tim Miller
  • Director
  • James Cameron
  • Producer
  • David Ellison
  • Producer
  • James Cameron
  • Screenstory
  • Ken Seng
  • Director of Photography
  • Gale Anne Hurd
  • Characters
  • James Cameron
  • Characters
  • Charles H. Eglee
  • Screenstory
  • Josh Friedman
  • Screenstory
  • Billy Ray
  • Screenplay
  • David S. Goyer
  • Screenplay
  • Justin Rhodes
  • Screenplay
  • Dana Goldberg
  • Executive Producer
  • Edward Cheng
  • Executive Producer
  • Bonnie Curtis
  • Executive Producer
  • Don Granger
  • Executive Producer
  • John J. Kelly
  • Executive Producer
  • Julie Lynn
  • Executive Producer
  • Junkie XL
  • Original Music Composer
  • Julian Clarke
  • Editor
  • Mindy Marin
  • Casting
  • Lucinda Syson
  • Casting
  • Sonja Klaus
  • Production Design
  • Ngila Dickson
  • Costume Design
  • Derek Vanderhorst
  • Sound Designer
  • David S. Goyer
  • Screenstory
  • Justin Rhodes
  • Screenstory
  • Damián Galán Álvarez
  • Set Decoration
  • David Bryan
  • Art Direction
  • Tom Still
  • Art Direction

 

Movies: A Rainy Day in New York, Rambo: Last Blood, Port Authority

Movie 1: A Rainy Day in New York

This romantic comedy was written and directed by Woody Allen. It was completed in 2017 and about to be released by Amazon Studios when halted over controversy regarding Allen and the ME TOO movement.

It’s set in New York, its lead character, Timothée Chalamet is the son of a wealthy family struggling to find his own way in life. This includes the relationship with his girlfriend and his parents.

We had not heard about this film but it was recently released in multiple countries in Europe, South America and some Asian countries.

Our theater was one in a 37 theater multiplex packed on a rainy afternoon.

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A Rainy Day in New York (July 26, 2019)

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 92 min
Original Title: A Rainy Day in New York
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions, FilmNation Entertainment
Two young people arrive in New York to spend a weekend; once they arrive they are met with bad weather and a series of adventures.

Cast A Rainy Day in New York

  • Timothée Chalamet
  • Role: Gatsby Welles
  • Elle Fanning
  • Role: Ashleigh Enright
  • Selena Gomez
  • Role: Shannon
  • Jude Law
  • Role: Ted Davidoff
  • Diego Luna
  • Role: Francisco Vega
  • Liev Schreiber
  • Role: Roland Pollard
  • Rebecca Hall
  • Role: Connie
  • Griffin Newman
  • Role: Josh
  • Kelly Rohrbach
  • Role: Terry
  • Suki Waterhouse
  • Role: Tiffani
  • Annaleigh Ashford
  • Role: Lily
  • Cherry Jones
  • Role: Mrs. Welles
  • Taylor Black
  • Role: Dana
  • Kathryn Leigh Scott
  • Role: Wanda
  • Ben Warheit
  • Role: Alvin Troller
  • Will Rogers
  • Role: Hunter
  • Saskia Slaaf
  • Role: 
  • Shannone Holt
  • Role: 

Crew A Rainy Day in New York

  • Vittorio Storaro
  • Director of Photography
  • Woody Allen
  • Director
  • Woody Allen
  • Writer
  • Alisa Lepselter
  • Editor
  • Letty Aronson
  • Producer
  • Suzy Benzinger
  • Costume Design
  • Robert Hein
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Santo Loquasto
  • Production Design
  • Robert Fernandez
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer
  • Kimberly Amacker
  • Key Makeup Artist
  • Adam B. Stern
  • Executive Producer
  • Erika Aronson
  • Producer
  • Grant Elder
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Nicole Wodowski
  • Key Makeup Artist
  • Ronald L. Chez
  • Executive Producer
  • Howard E. Fischer
  • Executive Producer


Movie 2: Rambo: Last Blood

Apparently this is the last film in the Franchise. It’s classic Rambo/Stallone series. Rambo’s only daughter is taken South of the border…seemingly because she is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Rambo goes ballistic as he plans her rescue knowing the bad guys will retaliate. What comes next is impressive but exhausting.

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Rambo: Last Blood (September 19, 2019)

Release Date: September 19, 2019
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Yvette Monreal, Óscar Jaenada, Sergio Peris-Mencheta
Genres: Action, Thriller
Runtime: 89 min
Original Title: Rambo: Last Blood
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Lionsgate, Millennium Films
When John Rambo's niece travels to Mexico to find the father that abandoned her and her mother, she finds herself in the grasps of Calle Mexican sex traffickers. When she doesn't return home as expected, John learns she's crossed into Mexico and sets out to get her back and make them pay.

Cast Rambo: Last Blood

  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Role: John Rambo
  • Yvette Monreal
  • Role: Gabrielle
  • Óscar Jaenada
  • Role: Victor Martinez
  • Sergio Peris-Mencheta
  • Role: Hugo Martinez
  • Paz Vega
  • Role: Carmen Delgado
  • Joaquín Cosio
  • Role: Don Manuel
  • Adriana Barraza
  • Role: Maria Beltran
  • Louis Mandylor
  • Role: Sheriff
  • Marco de la O
  • Role: Miguel
  • Jessica Madsen
  • Role: Becky
  • Nicholas Wittman
  • Role: Jimmy
  • Díana Bermudez
  • Role: Juanita
  • Sheila Shah
  • Role: Alejandra
  • Atanas Srebrev
  • Role: American Merc
  • Aaron Cohen
  • Role: State Police Captain

Crew Rambo: Last Blood

  • Brian Tyler
  • Original Music Composer
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Screenplay
  • Kevin King Templeton
  • Producer
  • Franco-Giacomo Carbone
  • Production Design
  • Steven Paul
  • Producer
  • David Morrell
  • Characters
  • Avi Lerner
  • Producer
  • Carla Hool
  • Casting Director
  • Brendan Galvin
  • Director of Photography
  • Lati Grobman
  • Executive Producer
  • Todd E. Miller
  • Editor
  • Ariel Vromen
  • Executive Producer
  • Christa Campbell
  • Executive Producer
  • Adrian Grunberg
  • Director
  • Kiril Kaloyanov
  • Boom Operator
  • Vladimir Kaloyanov
  • Sound Mixer
  • Carsten Kurpanek
  • Editor
  • Cristina Sopeña
  • Costume Design
  • Matthew Cirulnick
  • Screenplay
  • Ryan Nowak
  • Sound Designer
  • David Temprano
  • Art Direction
  • Eduardo Hidalgo hijo
  • Art Direction

Movie 3: Port Authority

This is an interesting film about a young drifter who leaves Pittsburgh for New York in hopes of a better future.

He finds work as a mover who seeks and evicts poor folks from their homes in Harlem. Not the best way to meet people.

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Port Authority (September 25, 2019)

Release Date: September 25, 2019
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Leyna Bloom, McCaul Lombardi, Jari Jones
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 94 min
Original Title: Port Authority
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Madeleine Films, RT Features, Sikelia Productions, MUBI
Paul, a 20 year old midwesterner, arrives at the central bus station and quickly catches eyes with Wye, a 22 year old girl voguing on the sidewalk. After Paul seeks her out in secret, an intense love between them blossoms. But when Paul discovers Wye is trans, he is forced to confront his own identity and what it means to belong.

Cast Port Authority

  • Fionn Whitehead
  • Role: Paul
  • Leyna Bloom
  • Role: Wye
  • McCaul Lombardi
  • Role: Lee
  • Jari Jones
  • Role: Naima
  • Devon Carpenter
  • Role: Tekay
  • Eddie Plaza
  • Role: Eddie McQueen
  • Louisa Krause
  • Role: Sara
  • Christopher Quarles
  • Role: Mother McQueen
  • Taliek Jeqon
  • Role: Dante McQueen

Crew Port Authority

  • Danielle Lessovitz
  • Director
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Executive Producer
  • Rodrigo Teixeira
  • Producer
  • Jomo Fray
  • Director of Photography
  • Virginie Lacombe
  • Producer
  • Sophie Mas
  • Executive Producer
  • Zachary Luke Kislevitz
  • Producer
  • Lourenço Sant'Anna
  • Executive Producer
  • Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • Executive Producer
  • Frédéric de Goldschmidt
  • Executive Producer
  • Bobby Allen
  • Executive Producer
  • Efe Çakarel
  • Executive Producer
  • Matthew C. Hart
  • Editor
  • Clemence Samson
  • Editor
  • Emmeline Wilks-Dupoise
  • Production Design
  • Chris Foster
  • Sound
  • Gilles Bénardeau
  • Sound
  • Patrick Southern
  • Sound
  • Chester Algernal Gordon
  • Costume Designer
  • Matthew Herbert
  • Original Music Composer
  • Danielle Lessovitz
  • Screenplay

Movies: Ad Astra, Ms. Purple, Rojo

Movie 1: Ad Astra

What a remarkable film. It’s about space, an astronaut and his father, also an astronaut who is lost in space. It’s powerful, beautiful, challenging, occasionally confusing and arguable the best space film in quite some time. We saw it in a massive IMAX theater with a great Dolby sound system, well worth the extra cost.

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Ad Astra (September 17, 2019)

Release Date: September 17, 2019
Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland
Genres: Science Fiction
Runtime: 124 min
Original Title: Ad Astra
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: New Regency Productions, Keep Your Head, MadRiver Pictures, Plan B Entertainment, RT Features, Bona Film Group, Regency Enterprises, 20th Century Fox
An astronaut travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. He uncovers secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

Cast Ad Astra

  • Brad Pitt
  • Role: Roy McBride
  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • Role: Clifford McBride
  • Ruth Negga
  • Role: Hellen Lantos
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Role: Thomas Pruitt
  • Kimberly Elise
  • Role: Lorraine Deavers
  • Loren Dean
  • Role: Donald Stanford
  • Donnie Keshawarz
  • Role: Captain Lawrence Tanner
  • Sean Blakemore
  • Role: Willie Levant
  • Bobby Nish
  • Role: Franklin Yoshida
  • LisaGay Hamilton
  • Role: Adjutent General Amelia Vogel
  • John Finn
  • Role: Stroud
  • John Ortiz
  • Role: General Rivas
  • Freda Foh Shen
  • Role: Captain Lu
  • Kayla Adams
  • Role: Female Flight Attendant
  • Ravi Kapoor
  • Role: Arjun Dhariwal
  • Liv Tyler
  • Role: Eve
  • Elisa Perry
  • Role: Woman in White Pants / Shirt
  • Daniel Sauli
  • Role: Sal
  • Kunal Dudheker
  • Role: Technician 1
  • Greg Bryk
  • Role: Chip Garnes
  • Alyson Reed
  • Role: Janice Collins
  • Sasha Compère
  • Role: Female Team Member
  • Justin Dray
  • Role: Male Team Member
  • Alexandria Rousset
  • Role: Woman on Screen
  • Natasha Lyonne
  • Role: Tanya Pincus
  • Zoro Saro Manuel Daghlian
  • Role: Spacecom Employee
  • Jacob Sandler
  • Role: Young Roy
  • Elizabeth Willaman
  • Role: Cepheus (voice)
  • Anne McDaniels
  • Role: Shunga Hologram
  • Kimmy Shields
  • Role: Sergeant Romano

Crew Ad Astra

  • Brad Pitt
  • Producer
  • Gary Rydstrom
  • Sound Designer
  • Gary Rydstrom
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Gary Rydstrom
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer
  • Tom Johnson
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer
  • Douglas Aibel
  • Casting
  • Karen O'Hara
  • Set Decoration
  • Albert Wolsky
  • Costume Design
  • Kevin Constant
  • Art Direction
  • Dede Gardner
  • Producer
  • James Gray
  • Screenplay
  • James Gray
  • Director
  • James Gray
  • Producer
  • Marc Butan
  • Executive Producer
  • John Axelrad
  • Editor
  • Michael Schaefer
  • Executive Producer
  • Kevin Thompson
  • Production Design
  • Max Richter
  • Original Music Composer
  • Anthony Katagas
  • Producer
  • Dong Yu
  • Executive Producer
  • Hoyte van Hoytema
  • Director of Photography
  • Jeffrey Chan
  • Executive Producer
  • Lorne Balfe
  • Original Music Composer
  • Jeremy Kleiner
  • Producer
  • Bradley Parker
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Rodrigo Teixeira
  • Producer
  • Brian Adler
  • Visual Effects
  • Gary Warshaw
  • Art Direction
  • Richard Friedlander
  • Visual Effects Producer
  • Lourenço Sant'Anna
  • Executive Producer
  • Lee Haugen
  • Editor
  • Sophie Mas
  • Executive Producer
  • Ethan Gross
  • Screenplay
  • Erik Coutts
  • Driver
  • David Scott
  • Art Direction
  • Alison Sadler
  • Art Direction
  • John Casey
  • Costume Supervisor
  • Yariv Milchan
  • Producer
  • Paul Conway
  • Executive Producer
  • Anthony Mosawi
  • Executive Producer


Movie 2: Ms. Purple

Set in Koreatown, Los Angeles, sister Kasie and brother Carey come together and struggle to care for their dying father.

Both under employed and struggling under weighty demands as caretakers, the two manage to keep their heads above water. It’s a unique story and a hit at both Sundance and the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. English and Korean with English subtitles.

Bonus! Our screening included a Q & A with the lead actress Tiffany Chu.

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Ms. Purple (September 6, 2019)

Release Date: September 6, 2019
Starring: Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano, Sonny Kang
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 88 min
Original Title: Ms. Purple
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Plan Zero Productions
Kasie, stuck in LA’s Koreatown, works as a karaoke hostess getting paid for her companionship by drunken men. When her dad’s hospice nurse quits she reconnects with her estranged brother, Carey, forcing them to enter a period of intense self-reflection as their single father who raised them nears death.

Cast Ms. Purple

  • Tiffany Chu
  • Role: Kasie
  • Teddy Lee
  • Role: Carey
  • Octavio Pizano
  • Role: Octavio
  • Sonny Kang
  • Role: Young-Il
  • Jake Choi
  • Role: Johnny
  • Crystal Lee
  • Role: Sora
  • Alma Martinez
  • Role: Juanita
  • Courtney Bandeko
  • Role: Priscilla
  • Dayoung Lee
  • Role: Doumi
  • Josiah D. Lee
  • Role: Josiah
  • Trinecia Moore-Pernell
  • Role: Nurse Joyce
  • Ronnie Kim
  • Role: Tony
  • Cathy Kim
  • Role: Cathy
  • Chris Yejin
  • Role: Esther

Crew Ms. Purple

  • Justin Chon
  • Director
  • Justin Chon
  • Writer
  • Chris Dinh
  • Writer
  • Roger Suen
  • Original Music Composer
  • Reynolds Barney
  • Editor
  • Ante Cheng
  • Director of Photography
  • Eunice Jera Lee
  • Costume Design
  • Alex Chi
  • Producer
  • Justin Chon
  • Producer
  • Alan Pao
  • Producer
  • James J. Yi
  • Producer
  • Gabriel Napora
  • Executive Producer
  • Yas Taalat
  • Executive Producer
  • Yipeng Ben Lu
  • Executive Producer
  • Jon Berry
  • Editor
  • Michael Beaudry
  • Casting Director
  • Bo Koung Shin
  • Production Design
  • Min Jeong Chai
  • Art Direction
  • Pierre Delachaux
  • Executive Producer

Movie 3: Rojo

It was a unique view of pre-coup Argentina in the 1970s. South America of the era was struggling with establishing a ‘new world’ society.

It delivers its story as an unraveled thriller. It’s also a bio on the corruption and chaos of the time. Spanish with English subtitles.

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Rojo (October 26, 2018)

Release Date: October 26, 2018
Starring: Darío Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio, Alfredo Castro, Laura Grandinetti
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Runtime: 106 min
Original Title: Rojo
Original Film Language: Español
Production Companies: PUCARA CINE, Bord Cadre Films, Desvia, Ecce Films, Sutor Kolonko, Le Tiró, Cine Jempsa
A small town in an Argentinian province, 1975. The life of Claudio, a successful lawyer, gets complicated when he has a stupid quarrel with a stranger in a crowded restaurant.

Cast Rojo

  • Darío Grandinetti
  • Role: Claudio
  • Andrea Frigerio
  • Role: Susana
  • Alfredo Castro
  • Role: Detective Sinclair
  • Laura Grandinetti
  • Role: Paula
  • Claudio Martínez Bel
  • Role: Vivas
  • Susana Pampín
  • Role: Professor
  • Rafael Federman
  • Role: Santiago
  • Diego Cremonesi
  • Role: The Hippie / Dieguito
  • Rudy Chernicoff
  • Role: Mago
  • Mara Bestelli
  • Role: Mabel

Crew Rojo

  • Benjamín Naishtat
  • Director
  • Pedro Sotero
  • Director of Photography
  • Andrés Quaranta
  • Editor
  • Benjamín Naishtat
  • Screenplay
  • Vincent van Warmerdam
  • Original Music Composer
  • Pedro Sá Earp
  • Sound Recordist
  • Julieta Dolinsky
  • Art Direction
  • Florencia González Rogani
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Simon Apostolou
  • Sound Mixer
  • Fernando Ribero
  • Sound Director
  • Barbara Sarasola-Day
  • Producer
  • Federico Eibuszyc
  • Producer

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Our big news of the day is…tomorrow we depart for London and destinations beyond. We will explore much of Europe for the next 5 weeks, including visiting long time friends in Switzerland.

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