‘Only the Brave’ salutes Prescott’s elite firefighting team

“Only the Brave” – “If this isn’t the greatest job in the world, I don’t know what is.”  – Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) Eric Marsh utters the aforementioned declaration during a moment of satisfaction of a job well done, but his chosen profession is also one of the most grueling and physically taxing that one can imagine.   Eric is the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite firefighting force, and this particular group of men earned a notable distinction.  The hardworking, Prescott, Ariz. crew became the first municipal hotshot…

Sean Baker constructs ‘The Florida Project’, one of the best films of 2017

“The Florida Project” – “Childhood means simplicity.  Look at the world with the child’s eye – it’s very beautiful.”  – Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights and education advocate “These are the rooms we’re not supposed to go in, but let’s go anyway!” – Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) Families from all over target Orlando, Fla. as a vacation city, because of its famous theme parks, and Disney’s Magic Kingdom shines as its crown jewel.  According to a June 1, 2017 The New York Times article, 20.4 million people visited the Magic Kingdom…

Say hello to an insightful biopic, ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’

“Goodbye Christopher Robin” –  The name Christopher Robin should quickly resonate with anyone who has watched a Winnie the Pooh television special, film or read one of A.A. Milne’s (Domhnall Gleeson) children’s novels.  Friends with Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin is a human character in these tales, but he also doubles as the real-life son of A.A. Milne, and director Simon Curtis (“My Week with Marilyn” (2011), “Woman in Gold” (2015)) explores this absorbing family story as well as the origin of an exceedingly popular and lovable literary bear. Curtis…

Celebrate Guillermo del Toro’s birthday by watching his first feature film

Acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro turns 53 on Mon., Oct. 9, so why not celebrate his birthday by watching one of his movies?  In 1993, he wrote and directed his first feature film, an odd – but very memorable – vampire story called “Cronos”. Here is a quick review of “Cronos”, and you can find the film via Netflix DVD and Amazon Streaming! “Cronos” (1993) – When you think of Dracula, what image appears? For many, it’s Bela Lugosi, who sports a black cape and exposes his fangs in the original “Dracula”…

Luckily, Harry Dean Stanton decided to star in ‘Lucky’

“Lucky” – “I’m a late bloomer.  It’s just a matter of how you evolve, of what your pace is.  Hopefully, the older you get, the more you grow.  So, that’s been my speed.” – Harry Dean Stanton Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton) walks everywhere throughout his modest, Southwestern town.  He practices yoga every morning, but he also smokes every day.  During a doctor’s visit, the good physician (Ed Begley Jr.) happily reports that Lucky’s blood pressure is a fit 115/70, and he appears perfectly healthy.  Lucky is 90 years old.  Lucky…

‘The Mountain Between Us’ is worth a small climb

“The Mountain Between Us” – The fear of flying in any type of aircraft is called aviophobia, but one might suspect that a fear of crashing is its close companion or the chief reason for the aforementioned diagnosis. Ben Bass (Idris Elba) and Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) do not suffer from aviophobia, because they – without a hint of second thoughts – step into a small plane that is headed from Idaho to Denver.  Ben is a neurosurgeon trying to make it to Baltimore via Denver to perform an operation,…

‘Blade Runner 2049’ director Denis Villeneuve’s best film is on Netflix and Amazon

“Blade Runner 2049” arrives in theatres on Fri., Oct. 6, and director Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up to Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking, 1982 film is garnering multitudes of buzz and anticipation.  Villeneuve is no stranger to science fiction, as his “Arrival” (2016) scooped up eight Oscar nominations in 2017, including Best Picture and Best Director, and it won for Sound Editing. With “Blade Runner 2049”, “Arrival”, “Sicario” (2015), and “Prisoners” (2013) proudly sitting on his resume, this Quebec native has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most respected directors. Art House Film Wire believes…