Archive for November, 2023

Review: Upon Entry

— by BEV QUESTAD — Elena (Bruna Cusí) and Diego (Alberto Ammann), a nondescript couple, are on a flight to New York City from Spain. Elena is able to sleep, but Diego moves to the tiny bathroom to swallow some kind of eye-dropper liquid. They land in New York City and end up being taken[...]

Review: Playing with Fire

— by BEV QUESTAD — “Playing with Fire” is the perfect title for this film of passion because it is so full of combustion, from the conductor’s unruly canopy of red curls to her full-bodied physical expressions of the story associated with her score. It is no surprise her baroque en[...]

Review: 26.2 to Life

— by BEV QUESTAD — “26.2 to Life” opens with a black screen and these words in white: “The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu The inmates featured in “26.2 to Life” are in for murder. They own it. But now what? “If you’re going to be loc[...]

Review: Kane

— by WILLIAM STERR — I always find it disconcerting when I run across someone who suffers from mood swings – a person who almost seems to shift from one personality to another. “Kane” is in a whole different league. Here, we have a gangland boss who actually suffers from multiple p[...]

Review: Miranda’s Victim

— by BEV QUESTAD — I think we’ve all heard it in a film or on TV. For sure, we don’t want to be the one to whom it’s directed: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used against you in court. You have the right to talk to a […][...]

Review: Showdown at the Grand

— by WILLIAM STERR — Those of us who love movies usually also love the grand movie palaces, dating for the 1920s and ’30s, that featured community-wide events. I grew up in the 1950s. TV was in and movie palaces were out, but even in my small town, there were four movie theaters, e[...]

Review: Pig Killer

— by WILLIAM STERR — Have you ever gone through an experience after which you just felt “dirty.” Not physically, but mentally. You feel like you need a psychological shower? That’s how I felt after viewing “Pig Killer.” Maybe that was the intent of the film-makers. I hope so. O[...]

Review: Project Z

— by WILLIAM STERR — “Project Z” is one roller coaster of a ride! It starts out as a couple driving an RV through the countryside. They are talking back and forth about relationship issues when the RV hits something. They pull to a stop and then … suddenly people start appe[...]