Star Wars The Last Jedi – Listening to old voices with a new ear

Star Wars The Last Jedi - 2017 Written and Directed by Rian Johnson Starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro After so many movies and so much written and television on the characters and concepts of the force, it was a kind of foregone conclusion that we'd … Continue reading Star Wars The Last Jedi – Listening to old voices with a new ear

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The Founder (****) gives a decent take on who built that

I wish they could have stretched this out to perhaps another film or at least another hour, beyond the reach they allowed themselves. In this way, the movie feels a lot like that restaurant in San Bernardino. It's fine start, but this story is worth a franchise.

Wild (*****) is a beautiful loser

Vallée has made a vast improvement over his good but not great film Dallas Buyer's Club. Where the first film made took the warts out of the protagonist's past and present to make him into a saint-like figure of AIDS research, this film leaves all of Strayed's bad traits right there, and we benefit from them by seeing someone we can identify with who will not be curing cancer or any other disease. She's just learning to live with what she's done and who she is now. This is something we all could learn.

The Fault In Our Stars Extended Edition (****): So much depends…

The Fault In Our Stars - 2014 Director Josh Boone Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe Screenplay Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber based on the book by John Green There is one point early on in The Fault in Our Stars which rings partially true.  Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster (Elgort and Woodley) have met cute in … Continue reading The Fault In Our Stars Extended Edition (****): So much depends…

The Master of none

The Master - 2012 Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ambyr Childers, Jesse Plemmons, Rami Malek, Laura Dern I tried, folks.  It sucked.  This is what you get when you start writing with no end in mind, using stories of drunkenness in the Navy from Jason Robards and … Continue reading The Master of none