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“Pain & Glory” Endearing and Touching

November 5th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Taking a lot of liberties while giving a cinematic interpretation of a time in his life, Pedro Almodovar movie Pain & Glory is as expressive as Roma. His directorial and screenwriting is by far some of the best I’ve seen by the famous director and yes there’s a spark of surprise in this one as in every one of his films. Taking extra liberties he even shocks his audience at one point. That said, if you are a fan of Almodovar’s films than you will not want to miss the amazing performances that bring the man’s film to the big screen. Read more…

“Tel Aviv on Fire” Comedy with a Twist

August 21st, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

The film Tel Aviv on Fire is a comedy of sorts that entertains with a duel story. The acting is very good and so is the direction, but the very contrived storyline is a matinee soap opera that lacks brilliance. Not my cup of tea, the movie bounces around a bit too much and if you are not aware of the ethnic differences between Israel and Palestine, it may confuse. Read more…

“Capernaum” Oscar Nominated

January 31st, 2019 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

A good choice as one of the five nominated films  for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Capernaum, comes to theaters this Friday well before Oscar night. It’s definitely worthy of a win, but the competition is very stiff with other titles having already run the gamut for a Golden Globe. But, this film is very special with a lot of heart and involves the strife the middle-east has been experiencing. Released in the USA in its native language of Arabic with some Amharic and other mid-east dialects, the movie depicts the determination, defiance and struggle of one boy who represents a part of the downtrodden lifestyle in a challenging nation. Read more…

“The Last Suit” Touching and Captivating

March 22nd, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Touching and heartbreaking the story of The Last Suit (El Ultimo Traje) comes to the USA with superb acting and excellent direction. It’s that special journey drama with heart that many filmmaker have attempted, but only a number have accomplished. Add Pablo Solarz to the group, because what he has achieved with The Last Suit should make him a member, it’s that good. The Last Suit is remarkable, seek it out and enjoy. Read more…

“In the Fade” Revenge Turns into Bitter Tea

January 24th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Mind boggling, the film In the Fade takes you on a path to revenge that doesn’t let up till the final minute of the movie. With a stellar performance by Diane Kruger and fine direction by Fatih Akin the film stands out as one of the best foreign films of 2018. If you like compelling movies that touch the edgy side of the headlines, then this film will work for you. Read more…

“THE SQUARE” (Written Review & Trailer)

November 9th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The dark comedy The Square delivers a message not unfamiliar considering today’s upheaval involving the brotherhood of man. In the Ruben Ostlund’s film, that takes place in Sweden, a statement is made to the meaning of  “The Square” an exhibit at a museum. It states simply “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within its boundaries we all share equal rights and obligations.” So sets the tone for this bizarre look into society’s relationships with each other and the division of wealth that fuels the fire. Read more…

“TOM OF FINLAND” (Written Review & Trailer)

October 20th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Those interested in the sexual revolution of males in the 1970’s, may want to check out the biographical film Tom of Finland. The famous graphic artist used his drawings to express his feelings for men and their enactment of physical contact. It may be a dark horse for awards consideration and “pushes the envelope” with its gay sexual edge. Read more…

“LOST IN PARIS” (Written Film Review & Trailer)

July 12th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

In a very funny display of French comedy, the movie Lost in Paris shines with a delightful story of unavoidable romance. The film is drenched in Marcel Marceau’s mime comedy, Jerry Lewis’s wit and a bit of Charlie Chaplin collectively performed by a delightful cast. Read more…

“One Week and a Day” (Written Review & Trailer)

May 10th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The fun modern day dark comedy One Week and a Day follows the plight of a family in Israel not unlike most Americans in the same situation. While there’s a lot of serious moments, the story shows that a lot goes into healing beyond Shiva. Good acting and plot, if you want to laugh and cry, check out this film when it comes to a theater near you. Read more…

“The Women’s Balcony” (Written Review & Trailer)

March 10th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Schmaltzy but fun to watch, the movie The Women’s Balcony personifies a women’s protest to regain their honor. It’s more than just a film about who’s right or wrong, the film shows how people can compromise and come together over an issue. Filled with energy and chutzpah no man would dare turn a blind eye on this fight for woman’s rights. Read more…