Hillbilly Elegy: Oscar Bait Falls Short

Hillbilly Elegy launches on Netflix this fall as an awards contender for Amy Adams and Glenn Close but their performances cannot save the film. I’m a Kentucky native so naturally, I like that there were scenes set in Jackson, Kentucky.  Having a film directed by Ron Howard and starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close is enough to pique my interest.  But there needs to be more here in order to elevate the film and take…

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Air Force One: A Classic Presidential Action Thriller

Air Force One holds up almost 25 years later and the film remains one of the greatest presidential action thrillers to grace the big screen. Three weeks after the Russian-American capture of General Ivan Radek, President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) attends an event in Moscow.  At the dinner, Marshall also states unequivocally that the United States will not negotiate with terrorists.  Marshall makes the trip with his wife, Grace (Wendy Crewson), and daughter, Alice (Liesel…

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Fatal Attraction: Paramount Presents New Blu-ray

The Oscar-nominated Fatal Attraction was recently released in April through the Paramount Presents line of remastered Blu-rays. The film is recognized as one of the greatest thrillers in American cinematic history.  At least, that’s how it was when AFI released their top 100 thrillers in June 2001.  But does it hold up after over 30 years of release?  This is a good question and one that isn’t so easy to answer.  Fatal Attraction deals with…

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Guardians of the Galaxy – The Road to Endgame

Make no mistake that Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the funniest movies that has ever been based on a Marvel comic book series. This film is so full of comedy, thrills, heart, and awesome visual effects.  What’s so surprising is that a film nobody ever thought would happen provides a whole lot of fun.  Credit this to Marvel finding properties that have potential to be hits.  This is exactly what this film is–a hit! If…

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The Wife: Sexism at Play

While depicting the sexism of the 1960s, The Wife proves to be a compelling film purely on the basis of Glenn Close’s performance. To most people, Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) is the wife of her prolific author husband, Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce).  The two couldn’t be more different.  This shows not just during the present day (1992) or the flashbacks to Smith College in 1958 or Connecticut in the 1960s.  When the Castlemans learn that…

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