Kenneth Branagh reprises his role as Detective Hercule Poirot in long-delayed adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. I went back and forth over whether or not I was going to watch this movie. It isn’t so much the film itself but because it’s based on a book by Agatha Christie. The thing about Christie is that she had a history of writing Jewish characters in an antisemitic way. Following World War II, Christie’s…"Death on the Nile: A Murder Is Afoot"
Rebecca is the first major American adaptation of Dame Daphne du Maurier’s novel since the Alfred Hitchcock film in 1940. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” – the second Mrs. de Winter says as the film opens with Clint Mansell’s haunting score. It’s one of the most famous opening lines in text or cinema. Not including this line would be criminal. This is a contemporary update but in spite of that, the film…"Rebecca: Netflix Adaptation Stays True To The Book"
The Social Network remains not only the best film that was released in 2010 but it’s also one of the greatest films to ever be made. When The Social Network first hit theaters in October 2010, nobody could predict what would become of Facebook. The social media platform may be a great way to stay in touch with friends and family but it’s so much more than that. Listen, all the platforms have their issues. …"The Social Network: A Classic For The Ages"
Hotel Mumbai basically serves as a reenactment of the awful terrorist attack that fell upon the city of Mumbai in November 2008. For one waiter, Arjun (Dev Patel), he started off his day by running late and getting chewed out by head Taj Mahal Palace Hotel chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) for wearing the wrong pair of shoes. The kitchen is under an insane amount of stress with the rival of David (Armie Hammer) and Zahra…"Hotel Mumbai feels like Exploitation"
The spotlight is on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex as the future justice begins her fight against gender discrimination. A lot of what gets covered in this film was also covered in the Solzy Award-winning documentary, RBG. This makes so much of the film feel rather redundant to say the least. I won’t lie in that I questioned why would someone want to watch a biopic when one…"On the Basis of Sex: A Conventional Biopic At Best"
Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You, one of the most buzzed about films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is one of the best feature debuts during the fest. The star-studded cast of Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, and Danny Glover was one of the few films that showcased diversity with POC in leading roles. Much in the same vein as last year’s hit film, Get Out, Sorry…"Sorry To Bother You is Wild and Bonkers"
Final Portrait is a character study that takes us into the mind of what an artist goes through as they work to perfect their work. It’s the latest directorial offering from Stanley Tucci. The camera framing is absolutely beautiful with its handheld movements. Through his direction, Tucci makes some wise choices early on to hide the portrait of James Lord (Armie Hammer) even if audiences would beg for even just a glimpse of the master…"Final Portrait: A Character Study"