Archives for December 2020


THE LAST WORD ON 2020: Anthony Francis names the Julian Temple-directed “Crock of Gold” as the year’s best

2020, what a strange year it was. While movie theaters closed in late March, streaming platforms and On-Demand services made many films available to audiences. This allowed titles that should have been released in theaters to find their way to viewers without them having to wait. The plus being that, many low-budget films could compete with the bigger studio fare on a more even ground. Little ... more >

Eric Althoff’s BEST OF 2020 (“Uncle Frank” and “Fishbowl” made the top of the list)

Focus on a fascinating year ... in moviemaking

How many more headlines can there be about this year being unlike any other? Doubtless there will be books galore written about the madness of 2020, including how this terrible year all but killed moviegoing. “Dune,” the “Top Gun” sequel and so many other tentpole titles were pushed into 2021 or even 2022. Thus, but for the rare super-film that managed to somehow still squeak into theaters (in my ... more >

She shines, this one: in a film blaringly surfeited with CGI, actress Gal Gadot reaches near-perfection | “WONDER WOMAN 1984”

Rewind to the eighties
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig
Directed by Patty Jenkins

But the film was in too much of a hurry to kowtow to the impatience of today’s movie-going audiences and jumps right into the overdone CGI madness. The first “Wonder Woman” was a good and well-done film that too quicky traded in its soul for eye candy. The opening moments of “Wonder Woman 1984” teases us by returning to Themyscira for an even shorter time. The scene shows the child Diana Prince ... more >

Quelle horreur! Sexy and inventive “Climate of the Hunter” is tons of ghoulish fun | REVIEW

Film is a provocatively-stylish tribute to grindhouse
Ginger Gilmartin, Mary Buss and Ben Hall
Directed by Mickey Reece

He loves me. He loves me not. He isn’t a vampire. He is a vampire. True love. “Climate of the Hunter” is a moody drama that is all stylistic pleasure, making big out of its small budget. Mickey Reece’s interesting film (make no mistake, this is not a horror film), a self-aware tribute to seventies grindhouse pictures, wisely refuses to sink into parody. Reece has made a film steered by a ... more >

“One Night in Miami,” capturing a momentous night in American history

It went down at the Hampton House Motel
Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree and Aldis Hodge
Directed by Regina King

Malcolm X. Muhammad Ali. Jim Brown. Sam Cooke. Cultural icons all. In 1964, they came together for one night. While no one truly knows the actual conversation that occurred between these four men, actress Regina King’s directorial debut, “One Night in Miami” takes us into the room with these giants of American history giving us a fictional account of what might have occurred that night, through ... more >

Your intensive dose of disaster flick awaits: “Greenland,” starring Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin

Stuff blows up real good in this movie
Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin and Roger Dale Floyd
Directed by Ric Roman Waugh

So it turns out there was a reason why President Trump wanted to buy Greenland: for when the apocalypse from above rains fire and brimstone down on humanity, the Danish island will be where the chosen few will be spirited off to save the species. To little surprise, the protagonist of the new disaster flick is played by Gerard Butler.  He is an everyman civil engineer, unimaginatively named ... more >

“We saw scores, then hundreds, change”; interview with the director of “Gay Chorus Deep South”

Film premieres today

Donald Trump’s 2016 election shocked a great many, including Dr. Tim Seelig, the artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Despite the heartbreaking result, Seelig decided that, rather than continue to perform for friendly Bay Area audiences, it was time to head south—-to the Deep South. After Trump’s election, Seelig and the choir announced their intention to stage a tour to ... more >