Category Gems!

HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)

“Hidden Figures” 2016 – Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monet, Kevin Costner, Mahershala Ali, Jim Parsons and Kirsten Dunst Directed by: Theodore Melfi Our take: Friday night, the kids asnooze in their beds, we rub our hands maniacally at the prospect of a movie to watch. Horror? Drama? Action? Hidden Figures? (Sure, why not, […]

Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

“Finding Vivian Maier” 2013 – John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Vivian Maier. Poster credit: imdb.com Directed by: John Maloof and Charlie Siskel Our take: This one is a gem!  The wife and I are not opposed to documentaries it is just difficult to find one that does not encourage us to reach for a bottle of […]

OWNING MAHOWNY (2003)

“Owning Mahowny” 2003 – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver and John Hurt. Poster credit: imdb.com Directed by: Richard Kwietniowski Our take: The “way-back” machine suffered a malfunction and teleported us to 2003 after our brief stop for Tyrannosaur. As long as we were waiting for repairs the wife decided to stop in on the late […]

Tyrannosaur (2011)

“Tyrannosaur” 2011 – Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan. Poster credits: imdb.com Directed by: Paddy Considine Our take: Every now and again, be it from boredom or a self-indulgent sense of adventure, the wife and I will step into the “way-back machine” and see a movie from a few years past. This week’s unscheduled […]

The Daughter (2015)

“The Daughter” 2015 – Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Odessa Young and Miranda Otto. Poster credit: imdb.com Directed and Written by: Simon Stone Our take: In an unnamed mountain town Henry (Geoffrey Rush, Pirates of the Caribbean) closes down his family’s sawmill, takes a new wife and deals with a set of […]

The Best Offer (2013)

“The Best Offer” 2013 – Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland, Sylvia Hoeks, and Jim Sturgess. Poster credit: imdb.com Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore Currently available on Netflix Our take: Visually, the movie is easy and seductive to watch. The settings are rich and satisfying: a mixture of old-world style with clean modern functionality; ancient pieces of art set […]