“A Ghost Story” A Disturbing Vision of Death

It’s difficult to be original and innovative when it comes to tackling a haunted house film. Ghost stories have been around for ages and told just about every way you can imagine. So what do you do to give the audience something they have never seen before? After coming back from directing Pete’s Dragon, writer/director David Lowery delivers a small intimate film that manages to take A Ghost Story and makes it something unique from all the rest. Though when I say unique, and when I say innovative, this may not be a positive for some. Read more

“Correspondence” an Act of Forbidden Love

A very different kind of love story Correspondence deals with issues, communications and science while it spins a sordid tale of love and lust. Now on DVD the film is nicely directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore, the filmmaker of the Italian classic Cinema Paradiso. The movie takes you into a world of happenstance solving a way of “coming back from the dead”. Read more

“The Hero” Touching and Sincere

Another touching and sincere indie film, The Hero reaches out and grabs you while it plays to your heartstrings. Star of the film, Sam Elliott is such a good actor his performance alone has enough worth for a trip to a theater to watch him perform on the big screen. But you will get far more in the direction and writing of Brett Haley who paces the film in a way that intrigues while it entertains. Read more

“A United Kingdom” the Challenges of Equality

There have been several true stories coming out of Africa, but not one as compelling as A United Kingdom. With amazing performances and a plot ripe for a “Hollywood” picking, director Amma Asante takes you into the sanctum of a country on the edge of losing its existence because of a forbidden love. Told from the perspective of the couple who lived it and screen written from the pages of Susan Williams’ book “Color Bar”. The film has been released to home video in Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Read more

“The Woman’s Balcony” A Fun Comedy with Schmaltz

 

Schmaltzy but fun to watch, the movie The Women’s Balcony personifies a women’s protest to regain their honor. It’s more than just a film about who’s right or wrong, the film shows how people can compromise and come together over an issue. Filled with energy and chutzpah no man would dare turn a blind eye on this fight for woman’s rights. Read more

“Bitter Harvest” Romance in the Midst of a Nightmare

 

One of the more incredible stories to serve as a romance, Bitter Harvest tells the tale of two lovers caught up in one of the world’s most evil genocides, the Russian Holodomor. Filmed in the Ukraine where it happened, the movie shows how Russia took over the country for their grain and starved its people to death during the mid-1920’s. Told from the perspective of two youngsters who grew up, married and were forced to separate under Soviet Russian control, the film becomes a heartfelt tribute to the terrible nightmare. Read more

“Two Lovers and a Bear” a Doomed Romance that Sizzles

 

The modern day romance Two Lovers and a Bear plays out in the frigid Arctic Circle showing a period in their lives that gets out of control. Directed and written by Kim Nguyen who’s not a stranger to shooting in exotic settings, makes use of the snow laden wind swept mountains, valleys and mini towns that add a lot of visual text to the plot. He controls his cinematography keeping shots tight so his audience can feel the chemistry between his two main characters. The film has been released on DVD and Digital HD. Read more

“The Light Between Oceans” Now on Blu-ray

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A moving romantic drama that gets taught and heartbreaking, The Light Between Oceans has been released on home video. Nicely directed by Derek Cianfrance, who’s no stranger to the genre and delivered the passionate motion picture Blue Valentine. In this film his characters are caught up in a quandary that tests their motives and truth. I am a fan of lush filmed movies that have breathtaking scenery and this one is no exception. Read more

“Nocturnal Animals” the Consequences of Wrong Choices

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Turning an ordinary story of romance into an unusual film, writer and director Tom Ford delivers Nocturnal Animals to the screen. Interestingly written, the movie twists and turns as it visualizes a book through the mind of the reader. It’s a different kind of film, one that needs a firm understanding of what it’s all about as it progresses. Is it a love story or one of revenge? Some may not get it at first, but that’s ok, because the thriller that she’s reading is a movie in itself. Read more

“A Bigger Splash” a Sensuous Film that Tantalizes

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Set in the south of Italy on the island of Pantelleria the modern day romance A Bigger Splash has a few twists to its plot that’s nicely handled by the famous cast. The sound track gets a lot of work while the foursome bask in the gorgeous rocky coast of the exquisite island. The storyline does lack some zip and it flounders somewhat, but in the long run this 2 hour movie does work well as a home video or digital download. Read more

“The Bride”, a Tragedy of Undying Love

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Steeped in a veil of deceit and anguish The Bride (“La Novia”) tells a tale of forbidden love and vengeance. Much like the films by powerful director Sergio Leone this foreboding tale gets an ominous story that involves star crossed lovers, choices, and a heroine pulled between families. Excellent cinematography plays a big part in this revenge driven film. Read more

“The Lobster”, a Bizarre Story About Love

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Working with excellent talent and intrusive camera work director Yorgos Lanthimos brings a bizarre film to the screen. The Lobster can be the perfect indie for a select audience of art film lovers that want to be drawn into a dark place for two hours while being entertained by the dreary storyline and the lifeless characters on the screen. For this group the movie’s a winner. The Lobster is motion picture art at its most absurd, even more so than the morose and brooding Melancholia or Under the Skin. If you want a mind bending experience, then this little gem is for you. That said, I did applaud Under the Skin for its alien tale about a hooker who gathers humans for disturbing reasons. Read more