The Tenant (Roman Polanski – 1976) A-

It starts off innocently enough as Trelkovsky (Roman Polanski) asks to rent an apartment in Paris. It seems the woman who was living there jumped from the window for unknown reasons. He moves in and of course is curious about what happened to her. With a lot of inspiration from Hitchcock’s Rear Window and aContinue reading “The Tenant (Roman Polanski – 1976) A-“

The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan – 1983) A-

A mutual friend’s funeral brings our cast of characters together for a weekend in South Carolina. He killed himself and these college group of friends all living disparate lives with various levels of contentment and success are back together. They talk, drink, reminisce and have their ups and downs. Why did their buddy (we neverContinue reading “The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan – 1983) A-“

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+”