I really liked this film and had no idea that Brian Wilson was going through so much suffering at the hands of others, until he found his lady love. I thought of the Beach Boys as a bunch of light hearted California guys. Lots more was going on. John Cusack’s performance could have been better in some ways, but did capture the despair of a drugged Brian Wilson. Elisabeth Banks is quite good as his redemption. I also did not realize how innovative Brian Wilson’s musical work was. It was truly masterful . There was a serious background to the music and lots of work. Paul Dano is great as the young Brian.
Love & Mercy Thursday, Sep 17 2015
The Age of Adaline Saturday, Sep 5 2015
A truly wonderful film. I really liked Blake Lively’s portrayal, a classy Capricorn. (Blake is a Virgo). Harrison Ford also shines brightly. And the City of San Francisco figures prominently. (great shots of the Golden Gate Bridge). Very moving.
Good Kill Wednesday, Sep 2 2015
In my book no kill is a “good” one, but the point here is rather shocking. In Las Vegas , Nevada a team of armed services specialists kill by remote control with drones somewhat randomly – including some innocent bystanders. The CIA is involved and guesses who should be done away with in this way. It just takes pushing a button and the victim is creamed. And this is based on a true story. So this is happening, folks. Ethan Hawke and January Jones are quite good as the leads. A good film to see and be informed about – for adults.
True Story Wednesday, Aug 5 2015
This is a very good film and James Franco does a wonderful job of playing Christian Longo. It kept me riveted to the screen. Very understated and compelling performance by all. Very well directed.
Actor directed movies Sunday, Aug 2 2015
Well, I’ve finally seen one – The Water Diviner – by Russell Crowe which was quite good. It was a good story, well acted and was tasteful. It was interesting and thoughtful, not amateur at all. However two offerings which will remain nameless by James Franco and Robert Duvall were none of the above and quite ill thought out with profanity and shock for shock sake. In Duvall’s offering there were so many people off the street who had no presence. James Franco’s offering was very to say the least icky… yuckiness is not arty…..
new work Wednesday, Jul 22 2015
Woman in Gold Friday, Jul 10 2015
Helen Mirren’s acting is always special. A very interesting account of a true story. Gustav Klimt ‘s work as an artist is always stunning also. The atrocities of the Third Reich figure into the story. I think the way the story ends is indeed just and the generosity of Maria Altman makes the painting available to many at a New York gallery.
Check out bonanza for beads and jewelry Friday, Jul 3 2015
Last Knights Thursday, Jul 2 2015
Some very powerful performances by Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen. Both are just superb actors. Very well directed flick with quite a serious undertone. I really believed the portrayal of Clive Owen’s character and his wife. The ups and downs of true love. Bravo!