Chungking Express (Kar-Wai Wong – 1994) A

Disorienting in the beginning. What’s going on? Who are these people and who should I focus on. This lady is wearing a blond wig and raincoat. Right? Why? No one seems t have a name. The cafĂ©/diner owner seems to know some names though. Then I settled in and went with the circular winding flowContinue reading “Chungking Express (Kar-Wai Wong – 1994) A”

No Sudden Move (Steven Soderbergh – 2021) B+

The weird camera lens Soderbergh chose to use was a bit distracting, figured I’ll say that right out the door. The film though has some excellent performances and is so well-made. Tells the story set in the 60s about something I doubt most people had any clue about. Sure, it is disguised as a heist,Continue reading “No Sudden Move (Steven Soderbergh – 2021) B+”

Lebanese Okra and Beef Stew

This one is not going to win any beauty contests, that’s for sure but it is a delicious and very emblematic of many Lebanese home-style stews that I grew up eating. Funny enough this one, really any okra based dish, was never my favorite when I was a kid. Yet, now, along with eggplant okraContinue reading “Lebanese Okra and Beef Stew”

Body Double (Brian De Palma – 1984) B+

Excellent cheesy and solid B movie that at once is smack dab in the middle of that style (sex, violence, gore,…) and yet transcends it with long dialogue-free sequences, cool camera angles and several well-developed characters. The problem is when you cast Gregg Henry in a film I’m immediately thinking “oh, he’s the bad guy…”.Continue reading “Body Double (Brian De Palma – 1984) B+”

Scanners (David Cronenberg – 1981) B+

Solid classic B movie entry from one of the masters of modern body horror. There is a community of people with psychic abilities, corporations would like to harness those abilities,…a story as old as time (or the mid 20th century, I don’t really know). The film is more focused than that generic plot though. CameronContinue reading “Scanners (David Cronenberg – 1981) B+”

The Pianist (Roman Polanski – 2002) A

Never seen Polanski’s highly-acclaimed WWII pic before. It is not what I expected. It is not a story of fighting the Nazis or a tale about resistance. It’s a story about survival told from the perspective of Wladyslaw Szpilman played by Adrian Brody. He was a Jewish pianist in Poland when the Nazis gradually startedContinue reading “The Pianist (Roman Polanski – 2002) A”