‘Touch’ taps into tangible feelings of love found and lost

“Touch” (2024) – “Looking back as days go by.” – Kristofer (Egill Olafsson) Director/co-writer Baltasar Kormakur’s film “Touch”, based on co-writer Olaf Olafsson’s 2022 novel, taps into tangible feelings of love found and lost.  It’s about aging and taking inventory of one’s life.  It’s about looking back, touching memories of first love, reaching out for closure, and either shutting a door forever or leaving it open for a second chance.  Well, “Touch” is a sweet, tender, and worthwhile story that swims in cross-cultural waters, but it wades in place at…

‘MaXXXine’: This dull and dark Hollywood mystery doesn’t light up the big screen

“MaXXXine” (2024) – The year is 1985.  The place is Tinseltown, California. Maxine Minx (Mia Goth) is reaching for glitz and glam.  This adult film actress and dancer at The Landing Strip, located near an airport (LAX, we presume), wants to land a spot in Hollywood as a legit movie star and transition from a rated X career to a rated R or a PG-13 one.  Maxine drives a white Mercedes convertible and possesses a “The Best or Nothing” air of confidence to make it show business, but she just…

Let’s celebrate Eva Marie Saint’s 100th birthday

Eva Marie Saint turns 100 years young on July 4, and while celebrating the United States’ Independence Day, let’s also applaud this Oscar-and-Emmy-winning actress by enjoying her work that has lit up the big screen for decades.  Diehard and brand-new Ms. Saint movie fans should first watch her Supporting Actress Oscar performance, opposite Marlon Brando, in “On the Waterfront” (1954) and her tangled turn with Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s all-time classic thriller, “North by Northwest” (1959). Eva proudly carries north of 80 film, television, and podcast credits (87 to…