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‘The Many Saints of Newark’: Remember the Little Moments
Due to the pandemic, a lot of people have ventured into the streaming abyss, picking up on shows they’ve never finished or starting shows that have been on their radar for quite some time. One show, in particular, has seen a resurgence of popularity: HBO’s, one and only, The Sopranos.
The ‘Drive’ Cult
You never really know what you’re in for when you watch Drive. You think it’s a movie about crime, then it becomes a slow-burning journey of self-discovery, then it’s a romance, then it’s back to a crime movie, then it goes insane. It’s no wonder Drive has become a cult classic.
A Ghostly Judy Greer Haunts Melanie Lynskey in ‘Lady of the Manor’
Two and a Half Men is an abominable sitcom and I’m ashamed to admit that in my younger, and far more vulnerable years, I did watch an episode or two. If there was one good reason to watch the show, it was Melanie Lynskey, who had a recurring role in the show as Rose, a psychotic stalker to one of the titular two and a half men. Like many of the talents wasted on that show, Lynskey fell prey to the show’s dismal writing. Yet if any laughs were to be had, it was due to Lynskey and her pitch-perfect timing — though we shouldn’t forget the wonderful Conchata Ferrell.
New York Film Festival 2021 Review: ‘Hester Street’
It’s only fitting that New York City‘s biggest film festival has chosen to premiere Cohen Film Collection’s new 4K restoration of Joan Micklin Silver’s Hester Street — a film so obviously tied to the city’s legacy with immigration that its namesake can be found 35 minutes away from the festival’s very own Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. With naturalistic black-and-white cinematography highlighting the city’s daily life, a heartbreakingly marvelous Carol Kane at the forefront of its raw narrative, and born from the vision of a dedicated director who blazed her own path through a flagrantly sexist Hollywood, Hester Street‘s deeply honest tale of immigration and tradition in the towering face of American modernity remains ever-so-resonant in our equally-as-complex modern era, where U.S. immigration remains as much of a labyrinthian cultural issue now as it was over a full century ago.
‘Warrior’: Good Versus…Good?
Warrior is a dramatic look at the world of MMA, as seen through the eyes of two brothers with a complicated relationship. While this is a sports movie primarily about fighting, much of Warrior is dedicated to evaluating the relationship between these two brothers, their lives, and what fighting means to them.
‘Best Sellers’: Finding Literary Truth in the Modern World
Can the literary art form still survive in this hyperactive, Twitter-operating, modern age? Bookworms venturing through desolated libraries and soon-to-be bankrupt bookstores may find themselves out of time, yearning for a time where a 400-page book held more value than a 28-word tweet. They would imagine themselves as beat poets, or another anarchic voice raging against the establishment, giving their own vision of the continued disillusionment of the American dream.
‘Cry Macho’: Age Is Not a Deterrent
The production background of Cry Macho spans nearly five decades. The screenplay had been kicking around in the early seventies. After numerous studio rejections, screenwriter N. Richard Nash revamped the script into novel form. The positive acclaim for the novel led to its eventual optioning for the screen by Twentieth Century Fox.
‘The Gateway’: Shea Whigham and Bruce Dern Make This Lowly Neo-Noir Thriller Worth Your Time
I’ll be honest, I only watched this film to see the underutilized Shea Whigham in a lead role. I’ve been a big fan of him ever since his supporting turn in the glorious HBO crime saga Boardwalk Empire. But on the cinematic screen, Whigham usually shows up in a bit part — though in some cases, like in Jon Watt’s Cop Car, Whigham still manages to be memorable.