Mank: A Look Back At Classic Hollywood

Mank, directed by David Fincher, takes a look back at 1930s Hollywood through the eyes of Oscar-winning screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. If there is one thing that Mank gets right, it’s Herman J. Mankiewicz being an alcoholic.  Well, that and writing Citizen Kane.  Oh, and the drama with Orson Welles (Tom Burke) over credit for writing the screenplay.  This is where I must recommend Sydney Ladensohn Stern’s biography, The Brothers Mankiewicz. We know that Mank…

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The Current War: Director’s Cut Gets Released

After a long road, The Current War: Director’s Cut–about the industrial age rivalry–is finally getting a theatrical release this weekend. This is a film that takes us back to the past in order to show the fight for the future.  While we probably don’t think about it often, electricity isn’t something that was always taken for granted.  Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) is battling against George Westinghouse (Michael Shannnon).  When Edison is on the verge of…

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Downton Abbey: The End of the Road

Downton Abbey brings back many familiar faces while also having to serve as an effective conclusion to the six-season series. What brings everyone back for maybe the final time is the arrival of King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James).  As one could probably imagine, this comes with some stress for the Crawley family.  It brings on some added stress for the staff because they find themselves being pushed aside because of…

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Toronto 2019: Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill is a psychological thriller that strangely enough also serves as a love letter of sorts to the city of Niagara Falls (Canada). Memory can be an interesting thing.  When Abby (Tuppence Middleton) returns to Niagara Falls after her mother’s death, it leads to some stressful relations with sister Laure (Hannah Gross).  It’s already bad enough that their mom’s hotel, The Rainbow Inn, is likely to be closed.  Neither Abby nor her sister, Laure…

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