Nocturnal Animals – Movie Review

The screenplay was very well done, the direction was perfect, the cinematography was spot on, the soundtrack was sparsely brilliant, the acting was superb, but when you get right down to it, I just didn’t like the story.  In the end, it is a simple story of cruelty, a hope for redemption and revenge told in a very…

TOWER – Movie Review

Brilliant. Riveting. Unique. TOWER is an extremely unique documentary about the mass shooting at The University of Texas at Austin on August 1, 1966 when Charles Whitman went to the observation deck of the Texas Tower and proceeded to terrorize the campus for an hour and a half in the end killing 14 and wounding 32  others.  It was…

Film School: How the Coen brothers film their shots and reverse shots

I run across articles about the art of film making from time to time that I find very interesting.  I thought my followers may find them interesting too so I am starting a feature called “Film School”. The first entry is video discussing the unique way in which Coen brothers film their shot/reverse shot.  Cool…

Movie Review: Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia is a sweet feel-good,  coming of age adventure story about a young rabbit named Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin).  Judy grew up on a carrot farm but has dreams of going to the big city of Zootopia and becoming a police officer – the first rabbit to ever do so.  Zootopia is a…

Movie Review: Brooklyn (2015)

  Saoirse Ronan absolutely shines in this movie as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant who finds her way to 1950’s Brooklyn in search of a job and a better life. She is pursued by a young Italian-American, Tony  Fiorello, played by Emory Cohen. Even with their very different backgrounds, Eilis and Tony and fall in…

A NASA Insider’s Take on The Martian (2015)

  One of the things I loved most about The Martian was the way they portrayed how the scientists, engineers and astronauts all worked together with determination, passion and humor. I was an aerospace engineer with various NASA contractors at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for almost 20 years and I thought the depiction…

The 88th Academy Award Review (2016)

  Host – Chris Rock – I think he did a good solid job.  I like the way he addressed the #OscarsSoWhite issue.  By addressing it he gave it weight, but then by joking about it he was able to lighten the mood of the evening and move on.  However, I wish he would have…

Movie Review: Atonement (2007)

Atonement is both a searingly beautiful and a searingly painful film to watch.  Based on the bestselling novel  by Ian McEwan, the 2007 film deals with youth and naivety, love and passion, separation and war, but primarily guilt and the overwhelming need for reparation, or “atonement”. One summer day in England in 1935, thirteen year…

Movie Review: About a Boy (2002)

About a Boy is my favorite kind of movie.  It’s about broken people finding each other and discovering that they work best when they are all put together. Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) is a 38 year old Londoner who lives a charmed life and is only concerned with his own happiness – which he believes…

Movie Review: Hail, Caesar! (2016)

  With the Coen brothers directing and all-star cast including George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton (to name a few), I had high hopes for Hail, Caesar! , but, unfortunately, I was very disappointed.  I thought it was going to be a comedy about a movie studio being caught up in some wild “only-the-Coen-brothers-could-think-of-that”…

Movie Review: Room (2015)

I am awash in the afterglow of watching a movie that I just absolutely loved.  Room is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. Room stars Brie Larson as a woman who was abducted at the age of 17 and is kept in a backyard shed and sexually assaulted by her capture. …

Artist’s Choice Film Series- Houston

If you live in the Houston area and are looking for something new to do on Monday night…The Artist’s Choice Film Series is a FREE event where the Houston Cinema Arts Society invites Houston’s visual, performing, and literary artists to select and introduce a feature film of their choice about their own art form.  A…