The Lobster (***1/2) is precisely as pathetic as it’s supposed to be

The overall effect to me is somewhere between amused and nails on a chalkboard. This film has appeal to people I admire, and I cannot fault them their feelings. It's a little too close to "Sprockets" for my taste. When I watch a movie or read a book, I am in for a different type of entertainment. I don't need to touch anyone's monkey but my own.

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Spectre (***1/2) is unfinished business, all the time

Spectre - 2015 Director Sam Mendes Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear Screenplay John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth The Daniel Craig era of James Bond films have been marked with a higher personal stake, more viciousness and aside from Dame Judy Dench's M, an entirely different cast … Continue reading Spectre (***1/2) is unfinished business, all the time

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders

Grand Budapest Hotel - 2014 Written and Directed by Wes Anderson Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori Wes Anderson films inspire a groundswell of apathy from me.  Often his work feels like Jazz to me, a form of art given much credit, even … Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders

Midnight in Paris: In which Owen Wilson plays a talkative Surfer Hebrew…

Midnight in Paris - 2011 Written and Directed by Woody Allen Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Tom Hiddelston, Michael Sheen, Corey Stoll, Marian Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrian Brody, Léa Seydoux Ernest Hemingway: I think a woman is equal to a man in courage. Have you ever shot a charging lion? Adriana: Never. Ernest Hemingway: Would you … Continue reading Midnight in Paris: In which Owen Wilson plays a talkative Surfer Hebrew…