‘Journey’s End’ delivers an affecting, timeless war story

“Journey’s End” – “Most war films tend to be about men, and this, I think, is about how men deal with fear.” – Saul Dibb Since “Journey’s End” is a war film, the title implies that the on-screen soldiers’ story will most likely conclude on the battlefield.  They might rise in victory or suffer agony (or worse) in defeat, and judging from the first few minutes of director Saul Dibb’s movie, an ominous silent drumbeat points to the latter. Set in 1918 France, World War I will soon end, although…

Despite a great cast and message, ‘Finding Your Feet’ trips

“Finding Your Feet” – “You make feel like dancing.  I’m gonna dance the night away.”  – Leo Sayer, October 1976 Sandra (Imelda Staunton) has not felt like dancing in decades.  Thirty-five years to be exact.  Now, she has enjoyed her marriage to Mike (John Sessions) for that said amount of time, but dancing was never a priority for him and therefore, not a priority for her.  Dancing – her childhood passion – just tucked itself away into a distant place in her brain, sitting next to her belief in Santa…

Celebrate Brendan Gleeson’s birthday with one of his best performances in ‘Calvary’

Brendan Gleeson turns 63 on March 29, and why not celebrate his birthday with one of his best performances!   In “Calvary” (2014), Gleeson plays a good and decent priest, who unfortunately is living under extreme duress in small seaside Irish community.   Although scenic beauty surrounds him at every winding, country road turn, almost all of the townspeople constantly spew hostility in his direction. The biggest danger, however, comes from a man who enters his confessional box and threatens to kill him in one week’s time.   Writer/director John Michael…

Let ‘Tracks’ inspire you on Hump Day

“Tracks” (2013) – “I’m the first to admit I’m remarkably unqualified for such a hazardous undertaking, but this is precisely the point of my journey. I’d like to think an ordinary person is capable of anything.” – Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) Robin Davidson is a blonde, fair-skinned early 20-something, who “simply” decides to take on an unbelievable 1,700 mile trek – on foot – through the Australian desert with only four camels and her dog in tow. Wasikowska is excellent here and utterly believable as this deep-thinking loner with extraordinary resolve.  Throughout…

Celebrate Quentin Tarantino’s birthday with a classic ‘Pulp Fiction’ clip

Writer/director Quentin Tarantino turns 55 on March 27, and ever since he burst on the scene at age 29 with “Reservoir Dogs” (1992), his films have been thrilling moviegoers for over 25 years.   He has a couple projects in the works, including a film set in 1969 during the Charles Manson murders called “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and an upcoming “Star Trek” project.  Hey, beam us up! Tarantino also steps in front of the camera on occasion, and to help celebrate the man’s birthday, here is a classic…

‘The Death of Stalin’ brings comedic life to the screen

“The Death of Stalin” –  Meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, hacking into U.S. infrastructure systems and poisoning a former double agent and his daughter in Great Britain, Russia has not exactly won many friends over the last couple years.  Rightfully, Western democracies have looked at Russia with disdain, void of warm feelings. With writer/director Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin”, perhaps that might somewhat change, because in his new film, he covers the events of 1953 Soviet Union in a very comedic and sarcastic way.  Actually, after watching…

‘Unsane’ bends the rules but effectively gives us the creeps

“Unsane” – The title of director Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” (2017) is self-explanatory.  In his hilarious, extremely clever heist film, the Logan family wishes to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and they not only need airtight, solid plans in place but a bit of luck too. The title of Soderbergh’s new film, however, is a little perplexing. “Unsane”.  Is unsane a word? Per review of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, it is not listed, nor does it appear in Webster’s Pocket Dictionary.  Well, according to Google, unsane means lacking in…

Enjoy the NCAA Tourney and this hilarious basketball clip

The 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament enjoyed a spectacular first weekend, and beginning on March 22, the teams of the Sweet Sixteen will compete on the hardwood to determine the ultimate Final Four.  The Tourney showcases some amazing basketball, and this hilarious from 2004’s “Along Came Polly” is amazing, even though the basketball is terrible.   Enjoy, and “Let it Rain!” Image and Trailer credits: PictureBox

Celebrate Gary Oldman’s birthday with a double feature

Happy Birthday, Gary Oldman!  The consummate and immensely talented British actor celebrates his 60th birthday on March 21.   While Oldman certainly starred in understated supporting roles in colossal movie franchises like “Harry Potter” and Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy, he can electrify the screen with edgy, highly kinetic performances, when the character calls for it, beginning with his turn as Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious in “Sid & Nancy” (1986).  Known for diving into diverse roles, Oldman – of course – won the Best Actor Oscar for Sid Vicious’s complete…

Difficult not to love ‘Loveless’, a stunning and equally bleak film

“Loveless” – One of the more common statistics floating “out there” – spoken at happy hours, bake sales and around water coolers – is that half of marriages end in divorce.  The collective “they” might be right, because according to Google, the U.S. divorce rate is 41 and 60 percent for first and second marriages, respectively. Looking at divorce globally, an Oct. 18, 2017 article in The Telegraph, a UK newspaper, states that Maldives has the highest such rate in the world.  The United States?  We rank fifth. Well, Russia…