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+”

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”