At Ptara, I directed two microbudget feature films. Make that nanobudget. One had a crew of two (excluding the three actors, who also crewed, and a few kids who helped out on sound one day), the other was basically me editing a large variety of footage to make it coherent. There were challenges in both, […]
“SenatorJPO” appeared to be going places. He was an honours student at Wisconsin’s finest Universities, with a BA and MA to his name. Then he graduated and appeared to be lost in the reality of underemployment. He’s now taking on the educational establishment, as well as public radio, with his own public service radio show. For […]
I hate to start a review with a spoiler, but knowing your history is always a spoiler. And, if you don’t know your history, historical films often lack interest. Spain was backward during Franco’s dictatorship, just as fundamentalists in the middle east are making their own countries backward. Much of Europe only truly emerged from […]
I purposely avoided Moliere, Shakespeare in Love, and almost every other movie about a playwright. I do this because I respect writers like Shakespeare, and I find their period fascinating. I likewise avoid most movies about Thomas Jefferson. I prefer the Jefferson that I read in his letters, or from his contemporaries, to the cartoon […]
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE meets AMELIE POULAIN. Or, the grandmother of both films. Le Rayon Vert is a classic. It’s not black and white, it’s not silent, and you probably never heard of the actors. The director’s name, Eric Rohmer, may easily be confused with a military general. It’s title is apparently taken from a Jules Verne […]
Like many of today’s historical films, Mysteries of Lisbon is long (very long). Before investing four and a half hours in a movie, it might be an idea to read a review or two. After I invested my four and a half hours, ideas for reviews kept invading my head. But there are so many […]
John Michael Priest is a well respected author of the American civil war, especially the battle of Antietam. Notice we didn’t say War Between the States or Sharpsburg. Some of you might accuse us of bias. Well, that’s nothing new.
A mystery, filled with red herrings, deceptions and hilarious false leads, but at the end, when it’s all solved, it seems so obvious. The entire plot falls into place. How can anyone claim to forget who the murderer is? Roger Ebert claimed in his review that “I’ve seen the movie seven times, and the murderer […]
People who have left their country of origin to work in another have great stories to tell. Sometimes, these stories are told on film in a way we can relate to. We’ll drop the films about short adventurers or expeditions. There’s a difference between a tourist and an expat.
Today, I heard the sad news that Nora Ephron, screenwriter for Sleepless in Seattle passed away. I thought a fitting tribute would be to list our favorite American romantic comedies from each decade.