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“Widows” Just Short of a Masterpiece

November 18th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by Gino Sassani

Steve McQueen has established himself as a rather talented director. 12 Years A Slave was one of the better films of 2013 and one of the few times I happened to agree with the Oscars’ choice for Best Picture. When he tackled the heist format I expected something unique, and I wasn’t at all disappointed. McQueen managed to put a clever spin on a tired genre and provide us with a superior and inspired cast. It wasn’t all completely his idea, of course. The film is based on a Canadian miniseries that goes back to the 1980’s. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t found a way to imprint the material with his own style and bold choices. There’s a lot to love about Widows, but I have pretty low expectations for this film at the box office. More on that later. Let’s get down to it, shall we? Read more…

“Colette” Seductive and Baroque

October 11th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

One of the most alluring period pieces in recent years the biography Colette comes to the screen with a sordid story that should entertain and raise a few eyebrows. The audience target here is women 25 and older, but mostly over 50. Nicely directed with 1800’s French costuming, sets and locations, the film delves into a pair of novelists’ romance, decadence, duplicity and sex. Sounds like a winner to me, however it’s a bit too drawn out. Read more…

A Dash to Freedom “Papillon”

August 24th, 2018 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The grueling and daring motion picture Papillon survives the dreaded word “remake” with a stellar movie in glorious full color, a shorter storyline version and an R rating. The original that was released in 1974 earned a wow when it was released, but was only nominated for a Best Music (Original Dramatic Score) at the Oscars. Steve McQueen however, did get a Best Actor nomination for a Golden Globe. It kind of makes you think why it has kept it’s mojo as one of the best films ever made. Well maybe it wasn’t after all and I’ll expound on that latter in my review. Read more…

“Siberia” Chills and Thrills

July 12th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

It may be listed as a crime thriller, but Siberia has a love story that glues the script together. The film takes you to the top of the world Russia where deals are made on diamonds and a lovely woman is stuck in a small town waiting for a man who can take her away. It’s a nice plot that intertwines a violent deal for the most precious of stones and a daring scheme that impacts it. Read more…

“BLADE RUNNER 2049” (Written review & Trailer)

October 5th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Opening this weekend, the long awaited sequel of one of the most creative classics of all time, Blade Runner 2049. The film follows the original some 30 years later where the people left on Earth are still trying to survive the social decay and authoritarian abuse. The movie has excellent direction by Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, amazing cinematography and a nicely connected storyline. The nearly 2 hour film may feel long, but true fans of Blade Runner will think it’s not enough. Read more…

“PAST LIFE” (Written Review & Trailer)

June 14th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Intriguing and Compelling the movie Past Life adds another true event story to the long list of films on the Holocaust. This one is based one of the survivors of the never to forget heinous act of genocide during World War II by Nazi Germany. The drama has a different twist that involves a family caught up in the aftermath leading to a confrontation in modern day. The acting is very good and direction commendable giving Past Life a high rating. Read more…

“Brimstone” (Written Review & Trailer)

March 10th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Being able to deliver a good western isn’t easy, especially when most of the plots have already been brought to the screen. But, writer/director Martin Koolhoven takes a shot at turning the old west into a thriller that boggles the mind with its twists, turns and surprises and it works big time. His Brimstone stacks up against the best including Quinton Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant. Read more…

“20th Century Women” (Written Film Review & Trailer)

January 26th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

The coming of age movie 20th Century Women takes a look at life askew in the late 70’s for a single mother of a teenage boy. Nicely written the film features very good performances lead by a director that has lived the age of the boy during that time period. Nominated for two Golden Globes, it’s now in the hands of the members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences that may vote for 20th Century Women for an Oscar. Read more…

The Girl on the Train (Written Review & Trailer)

October 6th, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Captivating and suspenseful the movie The Girl on the Train takes you into the mind of a witness to murder. The intriguing film hooks you from the beginning, tantalizes with possible suspects and then leads you down a path to a deadly finale. Taken from a bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the movie gets a Hollywood make over true to the book. Be forewarned the story gets a little contrived, but it doesn’t ruin the overall melodramatic experience. Read more…

“Tanna” (Foreign Film Review & Trailer)

September 29th, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Quite an undertaking with a very good result the movie Tanna tells a touching “Romeo and Juliet” story in the most striking way. Filmed on the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific using tribes that still inhabit the volcanic isle, Directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean fashion a story based on a true happening. Not the ordinary staged Shakespearean presentation, but one that has all the substance of the tale of forbidden love. Read more…