An Icon Goes From Explorer to Environmentalist in “Becoming Cousteau” (Review)

There was a time in the not-so-distant past where it seemed like the entire world was transfixed by French explorer and captain, Jacques Cousteau. Sailing on his ship Calypso, Cousteau and his team became famous with a network series called “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” that ran for a decade (and was followed byContinue reading “An Icon Goes From Explorer to Environmentalist in “Becoming Cousteau” (Review)”

“Halloween Kills” is a Middling Means to an End (Review)

It was fun until it wasn’t. That’s how I felt about the latest effort to keep the twisted legacy of Michael Myers going. In 2018, David Gordon Green and his “Eastbound & Down” buddy Danny McBride were unlikely choices to reboot the “Halloween” franchise, but they managed to bring the series back to life withContinue reading ““Halloween Kills” is a Middling Means to an End (Review)”

Creativity, Loss, and Passion Collide in “Bergman Island” (Review)

In her English-language debut, French director Mia Hansen-Løve utilizes the inspiration of Ingmar Bergman to tell two stories in one. Both take place on the Baltic island of Faro, not far off the northern coast of Sweden. Bergman first went there in 1960 while scouting locations for “Through a Glass Darkly.” He ended up shootingContinue reading “Creativity, Loss, and Passion Collide in “Bergman Island” (Review)”

“The Velvet Underground” Hits Apple TV and Select Theaters This Friday (Review)

Fresh off its successful screenings at the New York Film Festival, the first ever documentary from cinematic provocateur Todd Haynes is about to hit theaters and streaming this weekend. The director of “Velvet Goldmine” and “Carol” takes us on a deep dive into the history of one of rock and roll’s greatest art rock bands,Continue reading ““The Velvet Underground” Hits Apple TV and Select Theaters This Friday (Review)”

Looking to Fill 31 Days of Horror? Halloween Streaming Tips Are Here!

Are you looking for some thrills and chills for streaming this spooky Halloween season? The good news is that there is something for everybody out there, you just have to know where to look. If all you want to do is watch scary movies for the next few weeks, you should really subscribe to Shudder.Continue reading “Looking to Fill 31 Days of Horror? Halloween Streaming Tips Are Here!”

Your Mileage May Vary With Audacious Palme d’Or Winner “Titane” (Review)

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes a film like “Titane.” Julia Ducournau’s 2016 debut “Raw” had people passing out at the Toronto International Film Festival at its premiere screening. “Titane” is, in my estimation, even more extreme and difficult viewing while harboring an emotionally charged second act that is surprisingly sweet.Continue reading “Your Mileage May Vary With Audacious Palme d’Or Winner “Titane” (Review)”

Jake Gyllenhaal Dials Up A Killer Performance in “The Guilty” (Review)

Confession: I was skeptical when I learned that there was an English-language remake of Gustav Möller’s debut film, “The Guilty” (“Den skyldige”), on the way. I caught the original at Austin’s Fantastic Fest back in 2018 and it was the Danish submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards. What IContinue reading “Jake Gyllenhaal Dials Up A Killer Performance in “The Guilty” (Review)”

Amazon’s “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” is Flamboyant Fun (Review)

There are a lot of genuinely impressive elements about “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.” For starters, it is the first feature film for director Jonathan Butterell and the first leading role for star Max Harwood who plays the title character, Jamie Campbell. As a flamboyant teenager in Sheffield, England, who dreams of becoming a drag queen,Continue reading “Amazon’s “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” is Flamboyant Fun (Review)”

James Wan’s “Malignant” is Magnificently Brutal (Review)

Over the course of his directorial career, James Wan has launched the successful horror franchises for “Saw,” “Insidious,” and “The Conjuring.” His latest effort is unlikely to spawn any sequels (famous last words for this genre, I know), but it does deliver a wildly imaginative and terrifically blood-soaked thrill ride. Annabelle Wallis (“Peaky Blinders”) starsContinue reading “James Wan’s “Malignant” is Magnificently Brutal (Review)”

What’s Up With “Licorice Pizza”?

Film nerds started buzzing this week when official social media accounts turned up for the upcoming movie from Paul Thomas Anderson. His highly anticipated follow-up to “Phantom Thread” was shot under the working title of “Soggy Bottom,” but we now know it will officially be called “Licorice Pizza.” Twitter started to buzz earlier in theContinue reading “What’s Up With “Licorice Pizza”?”