Monthly Archives: October 2017


Ismael’s Ghosts – 6

2017-11-01T04:10:18+00:00October 17th, 2017|Film Festival, Reviews|

At one point we are intrigued by the face-off between two of France's great actresses, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard, who are both mysteriously attracted to the Woody Allen type, played by Matthieu Amalric, who is the confusing center of this film. Then the plot, such as it is, goes off the tracks and we [...]

The Florida Project – 4

2017-10-17T21:04:10+00:00October 17th, 2017|Reviews|

A movie about a not-especially-charming brat being "raised" by a mother who lies, cheats and steals and accepts no responsibility, with the seemingly inevitable result that the mother will go off to jail and the daughter will turn into her mother. I don't know director Sean Baker's point, but it's hard to have any sympathy [...]

Battle of the Sexes – 8

2017-10-10T01:36:14+00:00October 10th, 2017|Reviews|

What a relief, after seeing a trio of heavy, intellectual films at the New York Film Festival, to watch a thoroughly enjoyable, funny and teary, battle in which almost everyone is a winner, above all Billie Jean King. The movie is more about her complicated love life than her tennis, but there is enough historic [...]

Zama – 6

2017-10-10T00:59:16+00:00October 10th, 2017|Film Festival, Reviews|

Sort of a cross between Last Year at Marienbad and Aguirre, Wrath of God, this Argentine period drama offered memorable still images - loved that tricorner hat! - but not much continuity or sensible plot. Life was pretty crummy in Spanish South America, and I was happy to have a shower afterward. A bit of [...]