Uncut Gems (Benny and Josh Safdie – 2019) A

You don’t really like Howard, but you sort of do. He is a hustler, jewelry and gem dealer in Manhattan’s diamond row. He is also a frenetic hyper personality who does not shut up. He owes money to everyone. He borrows from this guy to pay the next guy and pawns items he does notContinue reading “Uncut Gems (Benny and Josh Safdie – 2019) A”

The Trip to Greece (Michael Winterbottom – 2020) A

See my comments about the other Trip movies. I love this stuff. More of the same, yet, I’m hoping for more of them. Also, in these times of being a “stuck at home horrible summer of cancelled plans”, it’s lovely seeing two chaps wander around the Greek isles, eating, bantering and being funny.

Still Walking (Hirokazu Koreeda – 2008) A

I admit it took me a while to get into this Japanese drama that takes place over a weekend. Started watching it not knowing much about it other than it does have some good “foodie” themes. That is does as the mom, Toshiko, cooks for the family multiple meals, discusses the nuances of corn frittersContinue reading “Still Walking (Hirokazu Koreeda – 2008) A”

Shirley (Josephine Decker – 2020) C-

Elizabeth Moss playing Shirley Jackson? Great. Her husband is played by the always excellent Michael Stuhlbarg? Excellent. The plot involves Jackson writing her new novel as a young couple move in with them and there is a university student who’s gone missing in the backdrop? Sign me up. Well, the best word I can findContinue reading “Shirley (Josephine Decker – 2020) C-“

Funny Games (Michael Haneke – 1997) B

While most of the violence happens off-screen it is still a deeply unsettling film. A family (dad, mom and their young son) arrive at their vacation home on a nice lake in the Austrian countryside. Shortly after that they get a harmless looking young man called Peter asking to borrow some eggs and it escalatesContinue reading “Funny Games (Michael Haneke – 1997) B”

Motherless Brooklyn (Edward Norton – 2019) C

I so wanted to love this, but at the end of the day I just liked it. It looks great, has an amazing score and Norton delivers a very good performance as does the whole cast really. Somehow, it felt a bit dull. Not exactly boring but tough to hang on to and care tooContinue reading “Motherless Brooklyn (Edward Norton – 2019) C”

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch- 2016) A-

Paterson (Adam Driver) lives in Paterson, NJ. He is a metro bus driver/poet. He is married to the eccentric Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). They have an English bulldog. Laura likes to have everything in monochrome black and white. She also wants to be a country singer or maybe a cup cake maker. Paterson drives his bus,Continue reading “Paterson (Jim Jarmusch- 2016) A-“