Beyond the Melodrama: Review of “Beyond the Lights” (2014)

Admittedly, the film "Beyond the Lights" (2014; available to stream on Netflix) has zero strong female friendships. But, it has a complex mother (who seems one-dimensional and horrible but develops a bit as film progresses) and a flawed young female protagonist. (Who is pretty to look at, which doesn't hurt.) And it's also written and … Continue reading Beyond the Melodrama: Review of “Beyond the Lights” (2014)

Film Review: The Highs and Lows of “5 to 7” (2014)

My feelings are somewhat difficult to gauge after watching the 2014 romantic film "5 to 7" from Victor Levin, starring Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe, with Lambert Wilson, Olivia Thirlby, Glen Close, Frank Langella and some New York cameos. A young male aspiring writer begins an affair with an older French woman and learns lessons about … Continue reading Film Review: The Highs and Lows of “5 to 7” (2014)

The Stories We Project Unto Others: A Film Review of “Gemma Bovery” (2014)

I just watched the delightful film Gemma Bovery (2014)—available to stream on Amazon Prime. This is a pleasurable film to watch if you are a romantic (in the tragic sense), a cynic about modern middle-class life, have read and enjoy European classics (like Flaubert, Tolstoy, Austen), and like watching films with picturesque scenery... so, basically, you'll like it if you're a … Continue reading The Stories We Project Unto Others: A Film Review of “Gemma Bovery” (2014)

Running Out of Clever Titles: A Review of “The Choice” (2016)

Well, it's Valentine's Day weekend and Nicholas Sparks has cranked out another masterpiece. Look, Sparks knows what works for him, and in The Choice he sticks to the classics--no glimpse into the exciting world of professional bull riding in this one. Instead of a review, I'm going to run through some of the highlights/baffling elements of this film. Spoilers … Continue reading Running Out of Clever Titles: A Review of “The Choice” (2016)

You all have to go and see “Brooklyn” (2015) together.

It is just...the loveliest film. It's warm, it's engaging, it's lovingly made.  It's simple, it's effective, it's thoughtful. It's charming without being cheesy, it's not a 'feel good' movie, but leaving the theater you do feel good. It's a special little film and probably my favorite of 2015. It stars Saoirse Ronan as Eilis, a … Continue reading You all have to go and see “Brooklyn” (2015) together.

The fangirl review of “Spectre” (2015)

On opening night I saw Spectre, the 24 official film in the franchise.  Two months later, I'm writing about it! Most of my friends know that I LOVE Bond films--I've seen every one, own every one on DVD, had read the Ian Flemming novels.  I even love the bad ones--I was perfectly entertained by Quantum of … Continue reading The fangirl review of “Spectre” (2015)

“Stuck in Love” (2012) is Pretty Darn Adorable

I love the movie Stuck in Love. It's a solid story with solid performances. Each character completes a journey, and it just works. The movie follows three writers in the Borgens family: father and accomplished novelist Greg Kinnear college-aged daughter Lily Collins (for more on her work, see Colleen's review of Love, Rosie) and high school-aged son Nat Wolff They're … Continue reading “Stuck in Love” (2012) is Pretty Darn Adorable