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)”

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)”