Fellow Movie Buffs

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

"That Night"

One of the sweetest movies ever. Absolutely magical. A 17-year old teenager loses her dad, and a younger girl who lives across the street follows her exploits. It takes place in 1961 in New Jersey and doesn't follow the usual scripted format. I don't know why I've never heard of this movie--it's over 25 years old, for Pete's sake! It stars a very young Eliza Dushku and Juliette Lewis. The younger girl is fascinated by her neighbor's affair with an ostracized boy. She befriends her and becomes her accomplice to help her work things out with him. Their friendship is about kindred spirits, if you know what I mean. Wonderful movie.
4.5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"In Search of Fellini"

A small town Ohio girl, from a dysfunctional family, discovers the movies of the master filmmaker, Frederico Fillini. Out of the blue, she flies to Italy to try to meet him. While she's there, she has several Felliniesque experiences. It's a sweet homage to the master.  The movie vacillates between a Fellini style movie and a typical indie film. The acting is superb and the Italian scenery will make you want to hop on a plane and fly there immediately.
4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

"Me and the Alien"

Talk about an off-beat movie. This one was quirky, different and rewarding. A Spanish punk band lets a kid with Downes Syndrome join the group. When they realize that the punk genre is becoming passe, they let him write some tunes. The group becomes hugely popular. The tension in the band starts when he becomes the star of the group. It's a fun, different movie, and in the end, it's really sweet. The acting and writing is quite good. Well worth watching.
3.5 out of 5 stars

Monday, May 28, 2018

"The Phenom"

Not at all what I expected. Based on the title, I thought this movie would be about a superstar that lights the baseball world on fire.  Actually, it's about a talented young pitcher (played by Johnny Simmons) trying to come to terms with his talents. He makes it to the Majors but when he struggles with his pitching, he's sent down to the minors. A large part of the movie involves him discussing his life with an unorthodox sports psychiatrist, (played brilliantly by Paul Giamatti, who's father was the Baseball Commissioner, Bart Giamatti) and dealing with his relentless father (Ethan Hawke). The acting and cinematography are wonderful. An underrated little gem.
4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Excellent stalker film. The story revolves around the wife of a politician (played by Mira Sorvino) who's running for a Senate seat. she has a brief fling with an artist who starts stalking her. The artist is totally possessed with her and won't take no for an answer. Then he befriends her husband and starts dating her daughter. It's a total creepfest. Great acting, writing, and cinematography.
4 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


To use an old cliche, this is a total "mind bender" of a movie. It's set in the future where everyone can see data in front of them about everyone else. There are no secrets. And detectives can see what happened at the scene of a crime, through the eyes of the killer. So it's basically a futuristic detective drama. Very well done. It does take a while to figure out what's going on. And Clive Owen does an excellent job.
3.5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, April 26, 2018


A movie about a very disturbing topic. It's about a woman who was molested as a 13-year old child and then encounters the person as an an adult. It's a very powerful film and I'm still not sure what to make of it. I don't totally agree with the bias of the film, but it is really well acted and filmed.
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3.5 out of 5 stars.