‘Belfast’: You might fall in love with Branagh’s love letter to his hometown

“Belfast” – Aug. 15, 1969.  Apollo 11 landed on the Moon the month before, and a modest music festival called Woodstock kicked off that day in Bethel, New York.  These two landmark events took place 384,000 km and 5,087 km away, respectively, from Buddy (Jude Hill), an inquisitive and lively kid from Belfast, Northern Island.  Well, the said engineering marvel and rock concert might as well be 100,000,000 km away because Buddy’s world is his mom (Caitriona Balfe), dad (Jamie Dornan), brother (Lewis McAskie), granny (Judi Dench), and grandad (Ciaran…

‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ changes perceptions

“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” – Mention Tammy Faye Bakker to anyone who lived through the 1980s.  The first image that comes to mind for many such folks is comedienne Jan Hooks playing her during a 1987 “Saturday Night Live” The Church Lady sketch.  Tammy Faye/Jan begins hysterically crying with mascara pouring down her face after she says, “I put my hands up, and I said, ‘Demonic raisins, I rebuke you!’” Raisins?  If you’ve never heard (or seen a clip) of Tammy Faye Bakker, she and her husband, Jim, ran…

Movie of the Week: ‘My Best Fiend’

Werner Herzog turned 79 years young on Sept. 5, so we have to pick one of his films as our Movie of the Week! It’s terribly difficult to pick just one Werner film. However, since “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (1972) and “Fitzcarraldo” (1982) are two of his biggest and most ambitious narratives, it makes sense to pick a documentary that specifically turns to those flicks, so “My Best Fiend” it is! “My Best Fiend” (1999) – Werner featured Klaus Kinski in five of his films, but after watching this…