Toy Story 4 (***1/2)…your heart gets bored with your mind…

"No reason to stay in this cycle"

The Circle (**) is ever closing

"What possible strengths the story could have are undermined in its own ridiculousness. Two great performances by the late Paxton and Headley seem out of place when contrasted by the rest of the cast. "

Sully (****1/2) provides a perfect landing

A good film leaves you wanting more, but knowing you've seen enough. Eastwood shows glimpses of Sully's past when they apply to how it made the hero with whom we're presented. His doubt is resistant to every indication that he deserves praise. It makes a remarkably satisfying result when we finally see the tide is turned in his own self-analysis. Hanks does all of this with a dry poignancy that is matched by Eastwood's spare presentation. If ever two talents were meant to work together, it is these two.

Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks

                Mary Poppins - 1964 Director James Stevenson Starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns Screenplay Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi based on the book by P.L. Travers Saving Mr. Banks - 2013 Director John Lee Hancock Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell, B. J. Novak, Ruth Wilson Screenplay Kelly … Continue reading Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks

Cloud Atlas: And then a bunch of stuff happened…

Cloud Atlas - 2012 Writers and Directors Larry and Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant Based on Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell If there's one thing I learned from the time tripping global opus known … Continue reading Cloud Atlas: And then a bunch of stuff happened…

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