Movies

Me and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

This week’s cheap movie Tuesday pick was Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I went to see it for two reasons: the first was for Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, one of four Mexican directors whose work I really enjoy, and the second to see Connie Britton (Greg’s Mom) because I’m a Nashville (TV show) junkie. It […]

Loving Love and Mercy

I think I can safely say anyone my age who grew up somewhere in North America has heard of the Beach Boys and shook their heads over reports about the infamous sandbox in Brian Wilson’s living room. What I didn’t know until I saw the movie bio pic, and did a few internet searches was […]

Structural Integrity of a Literary Composition

Last Thursday, I met up with a friend for a movie and a bite to eat. We chose to see The Age of Adaline, starring Blake Lively (Adaline Bowmann) and Michiel Huisman (Ellis Jones). It’s the story of Adaline, who mysteriously remains frozen in time at the age of 29, even though in actual years, […]

Story of the Woman in Gold

This week’s cheap movie Tuesday pick was Woman in Gold. From the moment Helen Mirren (Maria Altmann) appears, speaking graveside at the funeral of her sister, throwing dirt on a coffin with a six-pointed star, I am immediately pulled into her story. The movie portrays Maria’s journey in her efforts to reclaim her legacy and […]

Imitation versus Breaking

The Imitation Game is the story of the brilliant mathematician who broke the Enigma code during World War II. I hesitated going to see it because I was such a fan of Breaking the Code (BBC, 1996). Putting aside the fact the Derek Jacobi was in his mid-50s when playing Alan Turing (in his late […]

Cake and Suffering

Cake is definitely an interesting choice for the title of a movie about chronic pain. I’m not going to give it away, but you don’t find out why it’s called that until the last half hour or so. In fact, that’s what I liked about this film – it unfolds slowly. It’s almost as if […]

Look-Alikes, Felix and Bill

I’m not particularly fond of American comedies that make me laugh “at” rather than “with”; I tend to avoid those types of movies because I end up feeling manipulated and uncomfortable. So by the time Bill Murray appeared in The Razor’s Edge (1984), I had only seen a small handful of his films. This movie […]