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THE MUSTANG

A compelling, scintillating scenario poetically referencing a true tale; Matthias Schoenaerts depicts hardened criminal Roman Coleman, whose rehabilitation rests on the back of an unbroken mustang; both are wild, volatile and caged; filmed with insightful prescience, elucidating neophytes to the massive benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) therapy;  a myriad of animals are employed in pet therapy, aiding individuals fighting ... Read More »

THE AFTERMATH

Director James Kent (“Testament of Youth”) intriguingly, hauntingly tells a tale of romance, devastation, deceit between injured, irreparably altered souls; chaos, detritus, beautifully depicted in the “winter of discontent” in postwar Hamburg, Germany; actors Keira Knightley, “Rachel Morgan”, Alexander Skarsgard, “Stefan Lubert” and Jason Clarke, “Colonel Lewis Morgan” imbue their characters with heart-wrenching depth and integrity; the Morgan’s have requisitioned ... Read More »

THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT

Jesse Eisenberg brings his unique brand of freneticism to a film informed by the speed of a hummingbird’s flutter of its wings; technological wizardry based on the prescience of a fiber optic “line” running underground from Kansas to New Jersey, resulting in vast profits, in milliseconds, on the stock market; Jesse is “Vincent Zaleski” a high-frequency trader, along with his  ... Read More »

US

Absolutely nothing is as it appears in this “doppelganger” thriller, commencing with six-year-old “Adelaide” (mesmerizing, doe-eyed Madison Curry) wandering into a fun house at a neighborhood carnival; shivering encounter with her clone, leaves her irrevocably altered; jump to present day and adult Adelaide (outstanding, haunting depiction by Lupita Nyong’o) and her husband “Gabe” (naturally naïve, wholesome Winston Duke), daughter “Zora” ... Read More »

GLORIA BELL

Instantly recognizable, is a woman, searching for an anchor, a “place in the sun”, with pulsating vulnerability, candid openness, she maneuvers the dance floor of a familiar night club; dancing flays the ordinariness of her life: unattached children, valueless job, psychotic neighbor; she possesses the capacity for incalculable love, but no one worthy of its measures; a divorcee, neither gay ... Read More »

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND: NETFLIX & IN THEATRES

Despite the ongoing conflict revolving around television’s Netflix versus the “Big Screen”, there is no doubt that the positive, unequivocally champions the negative; “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”, a stellar story, pulsating with vitality and heart, should be required viewing for all ages; directed by, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, it throbs with genuine, unfeigned sincerity, pungently powerful emotional content ... Read More »

GONE WITH THE WIND AT 80

From time immemorial I have been asked my favorite film; a myriad are housed, cared for, in the elite chambers of my filmic warehouse; always inhabiting the penthouse, never to relinquish its lease, is David O. Selznick’s “Gone With the Wind”; having read Margaret Mitchell’s masterpiece while in high school and seeing it for the first time in the early ... Read More »

GRETA

Certifiably, Isabelle Huppert, excels as a foremost actor of her generation; she has challenged the spectrum in “weird” (“The Piano Teacher”, “Elle”) but must have had a petit mal seizure accepting this half-witted, imbecilic role of a deviate stalker. Director Neil Jordan’s attempt at invigorating a stale theme, never inflates; fizzled initiative leaves viewers, at best bored; a mortal sin, ... Read More »

NO WINNERS IN PENEFLIX ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARD CONTEST

For the first time, because of the dynamics of this year’s competition, a consolation prize will be given to Brian B. for going all the way, until he was foiled by “The Green Book”; congratulations on your prescient choices. For the most part, the evening was bland, benign and lacked the cohesiveness of a host; blessedly shorter than previous productions; ... Read More »

PRE OSCAR REFLECTIONS

Just received the entrees for Peneflix’s Annual Academy Award Contest; hundreds have an opportunity to win; always buoyed by the regulars! This year was extremely problematic for me; credit phenomenal material, directing and equally grand characterizations; indecisiveness rarely invades my realm but this year’s nominees kept me in foggy, filmic fug. My main conundrums were: 1. Best Female Actress: until ... Read More »

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