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DOWNHILL

Swedish director, Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 “Force Majeure”, was a darling of worldwide Film Festivals; I did not care for it: excessive teeth-brushing, massive character manipulation, superfluous, annoying minor roles; that being stated, is was colossally superior to “Downhill”, directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s homogenized version; actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell cannot rescue it from well-deserved anonymity. Redundancy, repetitiveness ... Read More »

92nd ACADEMY AWARDS: PENEFLIX PREDICTS THE HAT TRICK!

Vindication has never felt so rewarding; for years I have suffered defeat, going with my gut, shunning the odds, my head and heart in sync; faring better than I imagined, I recognized the brilliant uniqueness of “Parasite” with my first encounter, on a myriad of levels, the film soars beyond assumptions: Biblical,  Shakespearian, mythological, Darwinian; Goethe stated “Before you…there are ... Read More »

MALANG

This Bollywood film, directed by Mohit Suri, is a stunner; magical leads with electrifying chemistry (Aditya Roy Kapur, “Advait” and Disha Patani, “Sara”); plaintive musical score; titillating twists, testing the most intuitive of movie sleuths; it salivates with unrestricted love scenes, prevalent drugs and prostitution; not-so-subtle impotency; revenge served violently, justifiably, icily cold; untoward “coppers”, legitimacy camouflaging malevolent iniquities; Anil ... Read More »

THE ASSISTANT

                                                                                              Director Kitty Green capitalizes on the Harvey Weinstein sexual predator saga that the ... Read More »

CREATED EQUAL: CLARENCE THOMAS IN HIS OWN WORDS

The profundity of this documentary shatters illusions, prejudices, and sears with overdue approbation for a man of stature, scholarship, integrity, worthy of his thirty, reticent years on the Supreme Court; writing more opinions/dissents than any other Justice; Clarence Thomas excels as a “man for all seasons”, champions, as a man for all peoples; defying the preordained slot, he flew in the face of expected codes of conduct, scoring as a neophyte of ingenuity, a black ... Read More »

THE RHYTHM SECTION

Beautiful, Blake Lively actually pulls off the implausible; not to be confused or compared with “Lisbeth Salander” or “Evelyn Salt” she is credible as a vengeful assassin seeking justice for those doomed in an airplane bombing, including her entire family; “revenge served cold” with scalding temerity. Director Reed Morano’s (trained cinematographer), pulverizing concentration on “Stephanie Patrick’s” (Lively) emotional and physical ... Read More »

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