‘Nope’ is a spectacular Maybe

“Nope” (2022) – “What is a bad miracle?  They got a word for that?” – Otis ‘OJ’ Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya) Six months ago, OJ (which stands for Otis Jr.) witnessed a horrible freak accident, one caused by the said bad miracle that killed his father, Otis Sr. (Keith David), and injured one of their horses, Ghost. Ghost survived, but this majestic animal’s spirit is bruised and a bit frayed.  OJ is frazzled too, but he generally swallows his words and feelings.  He lived in the shadow of his ambitious father, the owner…

Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down, but your emotional walls probably will.

“Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down” (2022) – “So many people hurt.  A lot of people died.  Always connected to them.  Grateful to survive.  I’m alive.” – Gabrielle Dee Giffords On Jan. 8, 2011 in front of a Tucson, Ariz. Safeway grocery store, a lone shooter wreaked havoc on a Congress on Your Corner event and killed six people and injured 13 others.  U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Giffords was one of the wounded, shot in the head and then rushed to a hospital.  While watching directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s…

‘Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris’ is a pleasant trip

“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” (2022) – “You dare to follow your dreams, Mrs. Harris.  Bravo.” – Natasha (Alba Baptista) Ada Harris (Lesley Manville), a London cleaning lady, hasn’t contemplated her dreams in years, except for wishing that her husband Eddie would walk through the front door of her basement apartment.  The year is 1957, and Eddie still hasn’t returned from the war.  So, Ada spends her days traveling on the London Town bus lines to her clients, tidying up their opulent flats and homes during the daylight hours, and…