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“All Is True” To Be or Not To Be

May 23rd, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The year is only one quarter gone and we have had several biography movies come to theaters. The film All Is True features a drama on the last three years of William Shakespeare and it’s good. The film follows the Bard as he closes family doors tackling the project of bringing his family together after a long absence. It’s as true as could be told with information available and stretched as if one of Shakespeare’s plays. Read more…

“Trial by Fire” Based on a True Story

May 15th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Based on an article that ran in “The New Yorker” and the letters from an inmate on Texas’s death row, the film Trial by Fire opens this weekend in wide release. Based on a true story, the film has an edge to it that makes a case against the death penalty. While it’s a narrative and a good production, the subject of the film Cameron Todd Willingham, who denied his guilt of intentionally killing his three toddlers, has been debated in a documentary of the same title that aired in 2010 on PBS’s “Frontline”. Read more…

“Tolkien” A Journey to Fellowship

May 10th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

It would be interesting to see how many teens and twenty-something’s will be going to see the film Tolkien that opens this weekend everywhere. Reason being, it’s the action/adventure audience that dominated the box office during the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy. The trailer for Tolkien tends to push the war with images of creatures from those two masterpieces and not the romance and friendships of the author, that’s the basis for 70 percent of the film. That said, it may just be a chance for that crowd to see a real masterwork without all the CGI violence. Read more…

“The White Crow” Dramatic and Heartfelt

May 9th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A moving dramatic biography, The White Crow, opens this weekend and it’s not only a magnificent production, but a reminder of one of the most remarkable events in history. If you have heard of Rudolf Nureyev than you have a good idea of why he was a spark that helped to melt the cold war. If not then you are in for an enlightening of the extraordinary dancer’s challenging life. Read more…

“Ask Dr. Ruth” Pertinent and Profound

May 1st, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

On a rare occasion a movie documentary will come along that compels, intrigues, inspires and entertains, and Ask Dr. Ruth fits the bill. A well thought out, directed and informative biography of one of the most iconic women who ever lived, the film can be expressed in one word, magnetic. And, it keeps on giving way beyond the comical overtones, deep Holocaust memories, to her devotion to helping people appreciate the captivation of sex. Read more…

“The Chaperone” An Alluring Period Piece

April 17th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

An alluring period piece, the biography/drama The Chaperone makes for good viewing for its target audience females 35 plus. It’s just a snippet on the seductive actress Louise Brooks with the real story going to her companion Norma Carlisle. The film has some of the best cinematography I’ve seen in a drama in recent past and combined with perfect retro costume, sets, locations and make-up the film’s a winner. Read more…

“Green Book” Best Picture now on Blu-ray

March 11th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A very likable movie, Green Book not only took the Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor, but the Oscar as well. Now on 4K, Ultra Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, the movie gives its best theatrical performance in your home. I’m not shocked that the film won top honors as the story certainly is deserving, direction impeccable and stellar acting in the delivery of the characters to the screen. Read more…

“Stan & Ollie” Memorable and Heartfelt

January 16th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Back in the day when vaudeville was where most of the comic’s started out, two men rose up to be the funniest duo in the movie business. Billed as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, they went on to make over a 180 short films and about two dozen full features. Most of their films were used as an add-on for a drama, western and even some comedies. Read more…

“Bohemian Rhapsody” Famous and Influential

November 3rd, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The story of one of the most famous and influential music performing bands of all time, depicts how important music was to the world. The artistry created with the operatic but poetic music that rocked our realm was one for the ages. This film presentation is a historical rock concert celebrating these musical heroes that gave us a fantastic tour of what rock music can be. Read more…

“First Man”Setting Foot on the Moon

October 11th, 2018 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

Let me start by saying that the American Flag and the United State of America are well represented in the movie First Man and negative publicity surrounding that issue should be discounted.

The film follows Neil Armstrong the first astronaut to step on the surface of the moon and proclaim it for all mankind. He was not the only man to be the first to land on it however, his Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin followed him out of the lander to the surface. However, as dramatic as Hollywood can be, it’s Armstrong who gets all the glory and his biography for the basis of the film. Read more…