Celebrate Be a Dork Day with ‘Revenge of the Nerds’

These days, with wild advances in technology and masses of human beings trekking to Comic-Cons all over the world, nerds – in most social quarters – are no longer the butt of jokes. July 15 is Be a Dork Day, and since we are a movie site, why not celebrate the occasion with “Revenge of the Nerds” (1984), a film with an “ahead-of-its-time” premise that nerds and dorks are cool! Admittedly, some of the film’s gags and tricks would not pass 2020’s politically correct culture and the MeToo movement –…

Celebrate Daniel Brühl’s birthday with ‘Good Bye, Lenin!’

Hey, Daniel Brühl turns 42 on June 16!  Happy Birthday, Mr. Brühl!  This well-versed, talented actor has starred in lots of big movies, like “Inglourious Basterds” (2009), “A Most Wanted Man” (2014), “Rush” (2013), “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (2017), and “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)!  Daniel has been working since the age of 14, and we’ll go back into his past with an ingenious German dramedy “Good Bye, Lenin!” (2013). In director Wolfgang Becker’s picture, Alex’s (Brühl) and his family live in East Berlin in 1989, but his mother (Katrin Saß),…

‘The High Note’ is flat

“The High Note” – Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross) is a superstar!  This 11-time Grammy winner has burned up the charts and live shows for decades.  Director Nisha Ganatra showcases this woman’s voice and showwomanship during the film’s opening minutes.  With Grace’s on-stage entourage in tow, she sings her lungs out in front of sold-out audiences from Detroit, Miami, Dallas, and more. Wow! The production values soar off the charts and pop from our small screens.  Promises of bold musical numbers fill our heads, until they don’t.  It turns out…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘The Remains of the Day’

Happy Birthday, Emma Thompson!  Yes, Emma turns 61 on April 15, and to celebrate her day, let’s look back at our favorite Ms. Thompson role in one of our favorite movies…”The Remains of the Day” (1993).  Now, Thompson won a screenplay Oscar for “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) and garnered the Best Actress top prize for “Howard’s End” (1992), but she perfectly plays the sensible but curious and kind housekeeper Miss Kenton in director James Ivory’s masterful work. During the 1930s, Miss Kenton and head butler Mr. Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) run…

Celebrate World Table Tennis Day with ‘Top Spin’ on Amazon Prime

Many of us (or is it all of us?) are sequestered at home these days, so dreams of sold out sports arenas and stadiums are just distant memories at the moment.  Well, not too distant.  Anyway, April 6 is World Table Tennis Day, and although all the big tournaments are probably postponed, we could play ping pong in the comfort of our homes, right? Well, in celebration of World Table Tennis Day, why not catch the 2014 documentary “Top Spin”!   Directors Sara Newens and Mina T. Son follow three American…

Oscar-nominated ‘Corpus Christi’ spins an inspirational tale and a tense countdown

“Corpus Christi” – “No seminary accepts convicts like you.” – Father Tomasz (Lukasz Simlat) “Doesn’t matter where you’re coming from.  All that matters is where you are going.” – Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia) Daniel (Bielenia) doesn’t wish to think about his previous travels. This slight, young Polish man – with glittery sapphire eyes and an impish crewcut – has crashed into life’s dead ends and incessantly circled in nowhere cul-de-sacs.  He actually resembles an Eastern Bloc version of Scottish hooligan Renton (Ewan McGregor) from “Trainspotting” (1996), but sans any mates to…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: The “Fifty Shades” series

Just Because Wednesday features our favorite films, and this Wednesday is no exception.  Well, a little exception, because we aren’t highlighting one movie, but an entire series! The “Fifty Shades” series – “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015), “Fifty Shades Darker” (2017) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (2018) – is the very best film adaptation in Hollywood history!  Yes, please step aside “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962), “The Godfather” (1972), the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and “The Shining” (1980).  Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson have perfectly brought billionaire playboy Christian Grey…

Movies at Home: Celebrate National Doctors’ Day with ‘Doc Hollywood’

March 30 is National Doctors’ Day, but these days, doctors, nurses, other health practitioners and staff don’t need their own 24-hour celebration.  They deserve their own year.  These supermen and superwomen are confronting the challenge of their lives (and ours) during these worldwide, dystopian months. Well, here’s some movie-medicine to take your mind off COVID-19 for 104 minutes.  “Doc Hollywood” (1991) is a light, romantic comedy, where a bout of bad luck might turn into a packet full of grins and a bucket of horseshoes. Dr. Ben Stone (Michael J.…

Movies at Home: ‘1917’ arrives on Blu-ray on March 24

It might feel like we’ve been cooped up in our homes, apartments or condos for 101 days, but here’s some good news:  a 2020 Best Picture nominee, one that takes place 103 years ago, arrives on Blu-ray on March 24. “1917”  Sam Mendes uniquely-filmed WWI epic is our #6 film of 2019, and but it’s first on our minds today. Here’s our review: “1917” – “I wanted you to feel like you were there with the characters, breathing their every breath, walking in their footsteps. The best way to do…

Movies at Home: Five Great Michael Haneke films on Amazon Prime

Happy Birthday, Michael Haneke! Well, no matter how much you prepare for one of Haneke’s films, he always surprises, but it’s no shock that “Amour”, his 2012 movie about dementia, won the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Not just dementia, but this writer/director isn’t afraid to explore other pitch-black material, and in fact, he’s made a bright career in doing so.  Now, Haneke’s films aren’t apocalyptic, not on a grand scale, but instead, they sear into vastly troubling relationship or family dramas and are wrapped in disturbing intimacy. Since…