Archive for June, 2020

Exclusive Interview: Calvin Vanderbeek

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — There is a feature length film in the works, and I wanted to be one of the first to let you know that the mysterious and intriguing “Who Wants Dessert?” looks like a wild ride. One of the film’s producers, Calvin Vanderbeek, gave It’s Just Movies a s[...]

Review: Tommaso

— by BEV QUESTAD — Somehow, while watching this film, there is an odd sense that we are somehow seeing real life or that this is a study of someone’s life, either the exterior of what is truly occurring, or the interior struggle of thoughts and fears played out on the screen. The writi[...]

Exclusive Interview: Suzi Quatro

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — Suzi Quatro was and continues to be a trailblazer. Her voice is as unique as is her style, no-nonsense attitude and how she pursued her career on her own terms. “Suzi Q” is a compelling documentary by director Liam Firmager that includes a slew of great inte[...]

The Matrix 4 slips back another year

Delays are inevitable in the world of movies at the moment. With very few exceptions, no major productions have been able to film anything for the past three months anywhere in the world. That means that movies that were due to be released at the end of 2020 have slipped back until 2021, and films [[...]

Review: Miss Juneteenth

— by BEV QUESTAD — In these revolutionary days of protests, demonstrations, civil disobedience, and cry-outs about Black Lives Matter and defunding the police, Juneteenth, June 19, has arrived and will be acknowledged in every state in the Union. On the same day, “Miss Juneteenth” ha[...]

Review: Driven

— by RON WILKINSON — Yes, it is a good routine and the cast and crew do their best to make a film out of the script. Even so, the viewer is left wondering why they used the film. The mystery passenger and his bloody knife get things off to a good start and the […][...]

Review: Shirley

— by RON WILKINSON — It is not that Elisabeth Moss did not try. Her respect for Bette Davis comes through loud and clear. The problem is that the character of Shirley Jackson did not need imperious control as much as it needed outright lunacy. More Isabelle Huppert or Charlotte Gainsbour[...]

Review: End of Sentence

— by RON WILKINSON — Prison release scenes are the greatest. There is the best chance to contrast the stifling, lethal life within confinement to the even more lethal threats that come with freedom. This movie does it even better, stationing the waiting father next to the heavily armed g[...]

Review: Villain

— by RON WILKINSON — How far would you go to protect your family? What if your family consisted of a brother who was too dumb to chew gum and connected enough to get a hundred grand in hock to vicious criminals? A lot of people would find a new brother and move to a […][...]

Review: The Florida Project

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — Every once in awhile a film comes along that haunts you, nags at you and consumes you. That is exactly what “The Florida Project” does, whether it is intentional or not. The 2017 film was directed by Sean Baker and flew under the “popular general audience.[...]

Review: Joan of Arc

— by BEV QUESTAD — Is it possible to run war kindly? What if, through time, soldiers were not allowed to rape or plunder? Would that take the adventure out of signing up for an inconvenient deployment rarely paid? When Lady Joan, inspired by God, tries to push the English out of France i[...]