Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘Tracks’

This week’s Just Because Wednesday movie is not only one of our favorites, but the lead Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) takes social distancing to a whole new level.  “Tracks” is a taxing but rewarding and inspirational journey! “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…

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ lifts our spirits just enough

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” – When “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017) reached theatres two years ago, sharks chewed over the head scratching decisions that found their way on screen.  Well, some sharks anyway, or at a minimum, this one. Director Rian Johnson’s venture into the iconic series took some strange, nonsensical turns. For instance, why did Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) sacrifice herself by ramming her ship into a First Order Star Destroyer, when about 50 droids onboard could have done the job instead? Why did Luke…

Baumbach’s ‘Marriage Story’ vows to leave a mark

“Marriage Story” – “We were perfectly happy until we decided to live happily ever after.” – Carrie Bradshaw, “Sex in the City” “Marriage is compromise and hard work, and then more hard work and communication and compromise.  And then work.  Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” – Gillian Flynn If the weather doesn’t comply with your family’s proposed weekend plans, a most-reliable backup is always at your disposal:  start a pot of coffee, make some sandwiches, open a box of cookies, and reach into the hallway closet and pull…

Movie Pet Monday: ‘Tracks’

Our December Movie Pet Mondays head down under, as we found another film based on an incredible true story: the moving and inspirational “Tracks”.  (December 3rd film: “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” (2009)) “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…

10 Quirky Comedies: ‘Frances Ha’

“Frances Ha!” (2013) – Frances (Greta Gerwig) is a genuine soul. This 20-something New York City bohemian simply loves what she loves, and her roommate Sophie (Mickey Sumner) and dancing are the objects of her affection.  They have been best friends since college, and they share all their secrets, commiserate about bad sex with old boyfriends, play backgammon, and play-fight.  Play-fight?  Apparently, play-fighting is really “fun”, and the occasional fake tussle is part of their routine. What are best friends for? When Frances isn’t plotting – with Sophie – to take…

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ carries visual thrills and missed opportunities

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – The marketing department behind the Star Wars franchise must be brilliant.  With billions of dollars in tickets sold over eight films (including “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016)), hired advertising suits certainly know the cinematic beats that will attract their audience.  On the other hand, Star Wars probably does not need a marketing department at all, because after George Lucas’s visionary masterstroke arrived in 1977, fans bought into his wondrous space opera and the films that followed, and rightfully so! Well, as writer/director…

Five wonderful, lead female performances on Netflix

Netflix provides a truly remarkable convenience to its millions of subscribers, with thousands of movie choices available at a simple click of a button.  At the same time, so many film possibilities can create a conundrum:  Which movie to choose?   When an evening hinges on the quality of your movie experience, it is not a decision to be taken lightly. Art House Film Wire searched through hundreds of movies and found scores and scores of terrific films.  There are lots of movies with wonderful female performances, but here are five. Judy…