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…