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BINGING ON NETFLIX

There is a dearth of film selections in theatres, so I have turned to Netflix to satisfy my craving for crime, scintillating serial killers and tenacious detectives on Netflix; you have asked, and since management aims to please, here are a few of my favorite television dramas: WITHOUT EXCEPTION, FOYLE’S WAR, WRITTEN BY ANTHONY HOROWITZ, STANDS ISOLATED, AS THE FINEST ... Read More »

DUNKIRK

Christopher Nolan’s mesmerizing masterpiece on the vastness of vulnerability; war’s anonymous selection of who shall live and perish; regardless of rank, the process is random, emotionless, arbitrary. Nolan’s brilliant film focuses on a simple, far from extraordinary soldier, whose fate is in the hands of a higher power; “Tommy” (Finn Whitehead) runs through the streets of Dunkirk, searching for the ... Read More »

LADY MACBETH

Russian writer Nikolai Leskov’s (1831-1895) 1865 novella, “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” has inspired an opera by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), a ballet by Rudolf Brucci (1917-2002); Polish filmmaker, Andrzej Wajda’s (1926-2016) 1962 “Siberian Lady Macbeth” brilliantly wallows in the restricted world of a nineteenth century woman, shunning conventions of the time, making her own rules, inevitably leading to her ... Read More »

THE INVISIBLE GUEST (CONTRATIEMPO) – (NETFLIX: SPANISH: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Summer selections in theaters have been puny at best; in desperation and fighting film withdrawal I have turned to Netflix for satisfaction. Director/writer Oriol Paulo’s (“The Body”) “The Invisible Guest” is stunning, riveting in gifting viewers another prescient take on the “Rashomon Effect”; identical scenario told from different perspectives. Brilliantly written and acted, there is a slick, balanced compilation between ... Read More »

13 MINUTES (GERMAN: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Recently, German films have brazenly analyzed their bleak accountability for WWII; “Labyrinth of Lies” (2014) was outstanding and “13 Minutes” directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel should be seen for a myriad of reasons: cinematography tightly, pristinely anchors the viewers attention to the plot; the acting is superb: Christian Friedel is haunting as young Georg Elser, an apolitical carpenter who devises a ... Read More »

A GHOST STORY

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MOM (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

No medium does vigilante justice like Bollywood; overwhelming satisfying when women met out punishment, when accountability fails.  Two iconic films “Kahaani” and “Ek Hasina Thi”, are immensely creative in serving “revenge” frigidly calculated; “Mom” pulsates with premediated cunning, intelligence, verve and a performance of such heartfelt depth that a Filmfare Award should be in her future; Sridevi as “Devki Sabarwal” ... Read More »

THE JOURNEY

Focuses on the 2006 St. Andrews Agreement, a monumental step in the elimination of the bloody strife between The Democratic Unionist Party and the I. R. A./Sinn Fein; Ian Paisley(Timothy Spall) and Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney) and the fictionalized, imagined version of how these mortal foes became “The Chuckle Brothers” eventually serving as First Minister and Deputy Minister of Northern ... Read More »

BABY DRIVER

Twenty-three-year-old Ansel Elgort has the balletic acuity of Tommy Tune; the countenance of a youthful Brad Pitt; a talent whose maturity is stunningly developed. He is mesmerizing as a getaway driver for a mélange of mendicants; his hearing was compromised in an automobile accident as a child; ear pods perpetually inserted, his every minute, rhythm is defined by music. Watching ... Read More »

THE BIG SICK

There is a pivotal scene in this autobiographical film that resonated with profound honesty; a confrontation between a contemporary American Muslim and his traditional parents; redolent with truth, pain; a chasm of misunderstanding exists between the generations, intransigence thrives on both sides. Anyone who has ever loved “outside the box” will relate to its relevance. Of particular charm is that ... Read More »

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