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THE OFFER (Paramount+)

Having read Mario Puzo’s Godfather trilogy, viewed the films, but it was not until I visited “The Offer” that I became aware of the intricacies, fluctuations, political intrigue informing the epic production (winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture); “The Offer” is my top pick in today’s screening milieu; starring Miles Teller (“Whiplash”) as producer Al Ruddy (garnished an ... Read More »

VORTEX (FRENCH: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) IN THEATRES, THE STAIRCASE (NETFLIX), BOSCH: LEGACY (AMAZON PRIME)

“VORTEX”  Dedicated “To all those whose brains will decompose before their hearts”; directed by Gasper Noe, “Vortex”, filmed as a diptych, a metaphor for the bifurcation of two lives, once entwined, now irrevocably fractured by age and its devastating vicissitudes; a husband and wife, “Liu” and “Elle” (incomparable Dario Argento and Francoise Lebrun) navigating the once familiar, now foreign, unknown ... Read More »

RUNWAY 34 (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) BOLLYWOOD (IN THEATRES)

Robust Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn owns “Runway 34”, as director, producer and star he controls, with an iron fist, the tightly wrought scenario; based loosely on the Jet Airways Doha to Kochi flight 9w 555 on August 18th, 2015; as pilot “Captain Vikrant Khanna”, blessed with an eidetic memory, he arrogantly doffs the rules followed by lesser mortals; Devgn’s implacably ... Read More »

BALTHAZAR 4TH SEASON (Amazon Prime); JERSEY (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) in theatres

“BALTAZAR”  Never have I grieved more for a fictional character than at the bleak conclusion of “Baltazar’s” third season; other protagonists have sequestered permanent residency in my memory vault: House, Foyle, Morse but none possess the illumination,  compelling endearment, concrete charm of “Raphael Balthazar”; Tomer Sisley’s Herculean portrait of the forensic pathologist is slathered in cunning, inimitable style, grace, insouciant ... Read More »

THE NORTHMAN (IN THEATRES)

Magic percolates within the carnage of director Robert Eggers (“The Lighthouse”) “The Northman;” seething with Norse mythology, witchcraft, vengeful promises; audiences are submerged in Viking lore, reminiscent of the hierarchy in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and King Arthur’s legendary sword Excalibur; a murdered King, kidnapped mother/wife and a son predestined to repeat the legacy. Alexander Skarsgard with heft and bravado depicts the ... Read More »

BOLLYWOOD & STREAMING MOVIES

“KGF CHAPTER 2”                 (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)  THEATRES  Bombastically challenging is the second chapter of Robin Hood facsimile, “Rocky”, a humble boy who rises to gargantuan wealth, power and inspiration of the lower classes; Bollywood hunk, Yash, stars as the gilded gangster (generating adulation in India’s youth) and his monumental physique dominates every pungent, cacophonous moment of this action infused, bloody, ... Read More »

TO “STREAM” OR “SCREEN”

“THE ANDY WARHOL DIARIES”     (NETFLIX)  Excellent, introspective, comprehensive study of a man who changed the medium, meaning of what constitutes “art”; Andy Warhol bulldozed the “pedestal”, “frame”, “vitrine”; rising above traditional “cross & crown”, the angst of Abstract Expressionism, focusing on contemporary, every day, and universal fascination with fame: television junkies, voyeuristic tabloids, shocking sensationalism of untimely demises, race riots, ... Read More »

YOU WON’T BE ALONE (IN THEATRES)

Gratuitous gore, guts and inhumaneness inform the premise of writer/director Goran Stolevski’s film, located in 19th century Macedonia; witches, lusting after the blood of newborns, muting infants; girls are the ultimate prey, transformed into cannibals, they mutilate with impunity, slaughtering for revenge, power; anthropophagites devouring each other, only to become the devoured; savagery stars in this baseless thriller; identity wallows ... Read More »

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE (in theatres)

A film with enough cacophonous hilarity, reminiscent of horror, science fiction (died & revived) frenzy and “Kill Bill” chorography, a myriad of universes; the Alphaverse, the connective tissue, observing the others; premature outcomes; if it escaped your understanding the first go-round, directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert visually bludgeon viewers repeatedly with metaphors “never trust the obvious, the brighter the ... Read More »

RUMINATIONS ON THE 94th ACADEMY AWARDS

Brash, bold, colorful couture bombarded the red carpet; I never realized that would be the highlight of the evening; an evening that suffered a low never experienced in Academy Award history; dignity destroyed on an altar of self-righteousness; no rebound, no “win” can ever erase or reward egregious behavior, witnessed worldwide. The actor should pray for paltry ratings.  As in ... Read More »

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