Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (***) but why, exactly?

James does the character a fair tribute. This film succeeds largely due to her great impression of Streep's original interpretation. Like the best retracings of characters, though, she paints enough outside the lines so we get to enjoy some amount of growth, even if we know where her story leads. Lily James deserves better than a sequel like this, even if she helps to elevate it to an above average film.

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The Giver (***) begat Pleasantville

The Giver - 2014 Director Phillip Noyce Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift Screenplay Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide based on the book by Lois Lowry The Giver is one of the original modern teen dystopian tales, where a society has been created from the ruins of the old one. This time, … Continue reading The Giver (***) begat Pleasantville

The Rules of August: Osage County

August: Osage County - 2013 Director John Wells Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham Written by Tracy Letts Rule #12: Meryl Streep will be nominated for an Oscar for 1 film per year at least Rule #154: Old folks quoting people with tears running down their cheek  usually aren't happy and won't … Continue reading The Rules of August: Osage County

Hope Springs a subtle reminder of the need to grow together

Hope Springs - 2012 Director David Frankel Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Jean Smart, Mimi Rogers, Elisabeth Shue, Ben Rappaport, Marin Ireland, Becky Ann Baker Screenplay Vanessa Taylor I always thought that separate beds in a marriage was a fiction of television.  Of course Ozzie and Harriet could not be seen in the sack together. … Continue reading Hope Springs a subtle reminder of the need to grow together

The Iron Lady: If only the movie could have matched the acting or its subject

The Iron Lady - 2011 Directed by Phillida Lloyd Starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Anthony Head, Richard E. Grant, Olivia Coleman Screenplay by Abi Morgan Meryl Streep is one of the world's greatest actors.  She has the skill to so immerse herself into her character, it is touching to your very core.  I feel honored to be witnessing … Continue reading The Iron Lady: If only the movie could have matched the acting or its subject

I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

2012 Academy Awards Please don't let this be the year that the gimmicky French film wins.  I would prefer that the real masterpiece that took place in Paris, France take home the gold.  The rush to crown The Artist as Best Picture feels a little like the time we anointed Brokeback Mountain the movie of our times.  If it … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars