The Guilty remakes another foreign language film but this one is the best of the two TIFF premieres that largely depend on one person. The film is based on Den Skyldige. However, I cannot tell you whether this film works better or doesn’t because I didn’t see the original. I can tell you that The Guilty is effective as a thriller. This is a film that has Jake Gyllenhaal working overtime as a 911 dispatcher…"The Guilty: Remake Delivers The Thrills"
Robin Williams may have been famous because of his comedy work but his non-comedy role in Dead Poets Society is one of his best performances. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” – John Keating (Robin Williams) I try and watch a film every year in Robin William’s memory. Last year, it was Hook. Next year might be Good Will Hunting even if I hold my review for the film’s 25th anniversary.…"Dead Poets Society: Remembering Robin Williams"
Tesla may not mark the first time that Nikola Tesla’s story has been brought to the screen but it is certainly the most innovative version. There are so many things that a Tesla film could focus on. However, this one is presented in the most comical fashion. We get Tesla singing into a microphone! There’s no denying that Ethan Hawke can sing but it was certainly a surprise. But on a serious note, the film…"Sundance 2020: Tesla"
The Truth (La Verite) features some brilliant acting as director Hirokazu Kore-eda tackles a project that isn’t set in his home country of Japan. The root of the film is the mother-daughter relationship between Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) and Lumir (Juliette Binoche). Lumir’s relationship with her mom is tenuous at best. The reason why she’s back in her native France is her mother’s memoir being published. To say it’s a memoir would also be exaggerating the…"Chicago Film Fest 2019: The Truth (La Verite)"
Based on the Nick Hornby book, Juliet, Naked is a film that comes off as Apatowian in nature with a overgrown man-child playing a large role at the center of the story. […] Annie (Rose Byrne) has spent the last 15 years wasting her life with her husband, Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), who has been obsessed with rock star Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). Duncan, a university lecturer, runs a fan site and has been obsessed with…"Juliet, Naked: A Touching Comedy"
Writer-director Eugene Jarecki uses journey of Elvis Presley in The King as a way of showing us the rise and fall of the American Dream. It’s an interesting premise. The King isn’t an outright documentary of Elvis Presley. There are clips of Elvis as the singer was making his rise. We get a number of celebrities discussing Elvis while riding in his car. The film traces us through some of Presley’s locations. At the center…"The King: Elvis Presley’s Life as An American Dream"
First Reformed is a mesmerizing drama about a pastor who counsels a husband and wife. Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke), a former Army chaplain, is a pastor at the First Reformed Church in the fictional town of Snowbridge, N.Y. The Dutch Reform church has grown some fame by having been a station on along the Underground Railround. However, as the church approaches 250 years, it doesn’t contain the magic that used to be there. While…"First Reformed: A Mesmerizing Drama"
First Reformed is a mesmerizing drama about a pastor who counsels a husband and wife. Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a pastor at the First Reformed Church. The Dutch Reform church used to be a station on along the Underground Railround but as it approaches 250 years, it doesn’t contain the magic that used to be there. The congregation is small even as tourists continue to stop by. This isn’t helped by Abundant Life…"CCFF 2018: First Reformed"
Stockholm is the film that tells the absurd 1973 story that became the basis for the phrase, “Stockholm Syndrome.” Budreau wisely doesn’t wait around as the film quickly gets right down to business when Lars Nystrom (Ethan Hawke) walks into the Swedish bank. Lars does so to the tune of a Bob Dylan song. Lars is very demanding of what the police do. He wants them to release his best friend, Gunnar Sorensson (Mark Strong), from…"Tribeca 2018: Stockholm"