Truman Movie Review

Truman from Catalan director Cesc Gay is a warm, insightful and sensitively portrayed gem about an unspoken friendship between two middle-aged men that is humorous, deeply moving and resonates with truth. Tomás is played by Javier Cámara—Talk to Her (2002).  A Spanish expat living in Montreal, he goes on an introspective trip to visit Julian, […]

The Lady in the Van Review

The Lady in the Van is the mostly true story of a British playwright and author Alan Bennett who lived for a time around 1974 in the well know literary community of Camden Town, London, where he became acquainted with an eccentric homeless woman living in a van outside his house on Gloucester Crescent. The […]

Grandma & The Grump Movie Reviews

GROUCHY OLD PEOPLE ARE BACK IN STYLE.   Poking fun at grumpy old people who have lost touch with the ever-changing world around them, complaining about how much better life was back in the old days, seems to be striking a chord with the aging Baby Boomer generation if these recent films are anything to […]

The Rites of Spring… and Duct Tape

    Duct tape is like The Force: it has a light side and a dark side and it binds the galaxy together. — Carl Zwanzig Charlie, my beloved mate of 30 years, is firmly attached to many things.  Me, our daughter, his extended family and friends, chainsaws, home improvements, computers, and fondly… duct tape. […]

Son of Saul Movie Review

WINNER OF THE GRAND PRIX, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL. Saul Ausländer (Géza Röhrig), a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, has seen too much horror in the senseless deaths of men, women and children.  Stripped of their dignity and unceremoniously gassed or shot to death, their naked corpses are piled like pieces of meat to be incinerated […]

Turning 60… and Still Smiling

WELCOME TO THE CLUB! We’ve been through some things togetherWith trunks of memories still to comeWe found things to do in stormy weatherLong may you run I turned 60 last week. I was on the air stepper, doing my usual 1 hour workout, when I heard this classic Neil Young song on my playlist. Oddly, […]

Rams Movie Review

In Iceland, we are told by writer/director Grímur Hákonarson, there are more sheep than people, which is a testament to the importance of sheep in Iceland. They are animals as revered as the cattle in India. Two estranged brothers, Gummi and Kiddi, sheep farmers who have inherited their family sheep ranch, have split the property […]

Run, Candidates, Run!

  HAVE YOU NOTICED? I’m a political junkie, totally hooked on the upcoming presidential election. And, boy, is Presidential Election 2016 providing me with a lot of entertainment! No soap opera could come up with a plot like this one!   I’ve lost count but I think we started out with something like 18 candidates between […]

Room Movie Review

  MAKE ROOM FOR “ROOM.” The less you know about Room going in, the better.  Its intense performances and disturbing revelations make for a unique viewing experience.  Room is adapted for the screen by author Emma Donoghue from her award winning bestselling novel. Filmed in Toronto, Room is an intimate psychological drama that puts us […]

The Revenant

COMING OUT OF The Revenant I felt like I had just been beaten to an emotional pulp after a relentless brutal battle against man and nature, much like the hero of this story who was mauled by a grizzly bear to within an inch of his life.  And that’s just the beginning of his problems as he […]