Category: Reviews

My Favorite Films of 2019

January 31st, 2020

Here are my Top Ten Movies of the year.

What if you were the only one who remembered The Beatles? Himesh Patel finds himself in that exact position in Yesterday.

2019 and I didn’t really see eye-to-eye, at least in terms of movies.

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Go See Yesterday

July 2nd, 2019

Who? Pope John Paul?

Himesh Patel stars in Yesterday, a movie that asks the question, “what if only one man remembered The Beatles?”

You just … you just gotta buy the premise.

Once you do, once you’ve bought into the idea that a guy is suddenly thrust into a world where The Beatles don’t exist and haven’t existed, well, now you’re along for the magical mystery tour. (Sorry, I will do my best — I promise — not to throw in more references like that!)
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My Favorite Films of 2018

February 10th, 2019

It’s that time of year again!

What a year for movies — a very strange, crazy year.

Two of the Academy Award nominations for Best Picture — Bohemian Rhapsody and Vice — scored in the 60s on Rotten Tomatoes, the number one website for collecting movie reviews. A third film — Green Book — got a tepid 81% score.

And here’s the thing, I think one or two of them should win!

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My Favorite Films of 2017

March 2nd, 2018

And MY envelope goes to …

Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani star in The Big Sick.

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Maybe it’s the escapism, putting my mind into a different scenario each time the lights dim and the credits begin. Perhaps it’s the shared experience of seeing movies with others. After all, scientists say we all tend to blink at the same time when we sit together watching movies. But for whatever reason, I’ve been drawn to movies all my life at an almost obsessive level.

I have been writing various versions of these film review pieces for decades and I think it’s partly because I become so immersed in whatever I’m watching, that a piece of me feels like it’s playing a part in the actual movie. Sometimes it feels as though I’m a bit player, just out of camera range. That explains why I don’t do horror films; I empathetically feel all the tension and violence. The Oscar-nominated Get Out was a real struggle for me. Seeing Dunkirk in true IMAX with Dolby multidimensional sound also might not have been my smartest move. It was too vivid, too in-your-face, in-your-body even. I guess I like being a part of it all, unless I’m in danger and can’t hide underneath my seat quickly enough!

So here we go with my picks from the past year. I promise it won’t be too scary, violent or intense.  Read More…