Little Women (*****) paddle their own canoe

There are so many moments that inspire tears in Little Women. These tears are happy as well as sad. They are a reminder that life is short and it's the quality of life that matters. In controlling their reactions to challenges, Jo and their sisters begin to own their stories. It's our luck that they allowed us to share in the glory of their lives. This is one of the year's best.

I Don’t Have A Vote: The 90th Annual Oscars – Great Year for Film, Not Politics

"Hugh Jackman had a great year, with The Greatest Showman and Logan. On the latter film, he does the near impossible in creating an unbreakable character who is finally driven to the point of breaking. His work with Stewart is some of the best of both of their careers. He should have been rewarded for this."

Lady Bird (*****) perfectly flawed

Lady Bird - 2017 Written and Directed by Greta Gerwig Starring  Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith It's amazing how great of a year it's been in movies. I have had one film after the other take the spot of best movie and favorite movie. Up to now, none of them have … Continue reading Lady Bird (*****) perfectly flawed

Brooklyn (*****) if only every girl was Irish this way

Brooklyn - 2015 Director John Crowley Screenplay Nick Hornby based on the book by Colm Tóibín Starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Fiona Glasscott, Jessica Paré There is a symmetry and beauty in the art in Brooklyn that is rarely seen in film. It's a straightforward story of the complicated dream of immigration that takes place … Continue reading Brooklyn (*****) if only every girl was Irish this way

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

The Host is a monotone response to sameness

The Host - 2013 Director Andrew Niccol Starring Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Frances Fisher, Chandler Canterbury, Diane Kruger, William Hurt Screenplay by Niccol, based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer An invasion force of leech-type souls has taken over the world, and in the process they have extinguished most of the human race.  These leeches … Continue reading The Host is a monotone response to sameness