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56TH CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UPDATE

MEMORY HOUSE (BRAZIL). Haunting in its meanness, baseness, ugliness, the purist depiction of “man’s inhumanity to man” splayed upon the screen, in recent “memory”. There is not one redeeming characterization in its entirety; evil blooms exponentially with each generation. TWO STARS!! KUBRICK BY KUBRICK (FRANCE, POLAND) ( ENGLISH, FRENCH, ITALIAN). By watching this insightful documentary, director Gregory Monro’s unveiling of ... Read More »

VIRTUAL CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Skipping negativity, focusing on positivity. The plusses of viewing from home: no dress code, heathy cuisine, seat is permanent, unrestricted bathroom breaks; viewer determines the genre and the time to watch.  Now in its fifth day, here is a wrap-up of movies seen: APPLES (GREECE). A simple, poignant tale of an amnesiac; beginning and ending with a bouquet of flowers; ... Read More »

THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (NETFLIX)

The treasured unknown, a plague of confusion; riveting intelligence reverberates at the core of this stunning interpretation of Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw”; demanding a malleable, pliable intellect, “The Haunting of Bly Manor” guarantees troubling, taunted dreams, questioning the unseeable, but tangible nonetheless. For those who have experienced Déjà vu, possess a “sixth sense”, second sight, or share the attributes of Macbeth’s witches, an inexplicable clairvoyance, your receptiveness will be ... Read More »

YELLOW ROSE (IN THEATERS)

A nimble and poignant portrait; “Yellow Rose” is a metaphorical, exquisite tale of a seventeen-year-old undocumented, talented young woman, “Rose Garcia” (inimitably gifted Eva Noblezada) whose mother, “Priscella Garcia” (Princess Punzalan) has been ferreted out by Immigration and Custom Enforcement and desolately returned to the Philippines, leaving distraught, but enterprising Rose to discover a path of survival, undetected by I.C.E.; ... Read More »

MURDER MOST FOUL

Always a sleuth advocate: “Columbo”, “Kojak”, “Cagney & Lacey”, “Remington Steele” satiated by a weekly dose of mystery, murder and mayhem, my thirst for the macabre has grown exponentially through the years. Here are some suggestions guaranteed to quench one’s appetite for an enigmatic, inscrutable conundrum: “AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR” (Netflix) director Jenny Popplewell’s true crime documentary focuses ... Read More »

THE COMEY RULE (SHOWTIME)

Tuesday evening the world witnessed, Live, the nadir of American politics: slaughter of civility, denigration of a morality we should expect and categorically deserve from our leaders; instead, like the murder of George Floyd, the supposed head of the free world and his challenger failed the populace, shocking with stunning vituperative, scurrilous verbiage, murdering decency: an amoral bully, pledging not ... Read More »

I SEE YOU (NETFLIX) THE GIRL IN THE FOG (ITALIAN: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) AMAZON PRIME

Two mysteries created to titillate the most seasoned of “series” or movie sleuths; missing murdered children, myriad of homicidal possibilities; both infused with an appropriate modicum of barbarity, enough to stave off ennui, and most importantly, capitalize on the element of surprise. “I See You” commences benignly with the search for a missing teen: Jon Tenney (“The Closer”, “Major Crimes”) ... Read More »

INFIDEL

Actor Jim Caviezel (“The Passion of Christ”, “Person of Interest”) is a keen advocative of Catholicism, secure in his proselytism; comfortable in debating its attributes, but open to a dialogue between faiths; his galvanizing performance as “Doug Rawlins”, a Christian blogger, kidnapped by members of the Iranian regime after a conversion plea to a Muslim audience in Cairo, Egypt, is ... Read More »

MULAN (DISNEY+) & THE EIGHT HUNDRED (CHINESE:ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Despite the political hubris, here are two films, whose attributes render the purist forms of entertainment: magically, magnificently filmed, landscapes proving a higher power, extraordinary metaphors universally resonating in this pandemic period; in spite of the controversy bubbling around the mythical “Mulan” or the veracity of the non-fictional “The Eight Hundred” directors Niki Caro’s (“Mulan”) and Guan Hu’s (“The Eight ... Read More »

TENET

A palindrome that redolently focuses on “the present being attacked by the future”; monumentally taxing, I suggest not trying to decipher the convoluted, premise of inversion; just enjoy the fecundity of director Christopher Nolan’s imaginative display of endogenous variables; pandering to brainiacs, those, whose wired acuities, grasp the dynamics of the ancient Sator square, a four-directional palindrome. Or do as ... Read More »

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