The European Masterpieces Part 3: Ashes and Diamonds (1958 Andrzei Wajda)

Andrzej Wajda’s masterpiece Ashes and Diamonds is set in a small provincial Polish town during early May 1945. Specifically on the day that Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allied forces. Here, we find a snapshot of Polish exiles and Soviet army occupants confronting the dawn of a new Poland. The events of the film are … Continue reading The European Masterpieces Part 3: Ashes and Diamonds (1958 Andrzei Wajda)

The Two Reviews: Black Panther (2018 Ryan Coogler)

Black Panther Directed by Ryan Googler. Featuring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia. Wright, Florence Kasumba, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Daniel Kaluuya, & Winston Duke. Black Panther is a great movie. It’s just fun. It’s stylish. I have listed most of the lead actors above, because all … Continue reading The Two Reviews: Black Panther (2018 Ryan Coogler)

The Two Reviews: A Fantastic Woman (2017 Sebastián Lelio) and Aquarius (2016 Kleber Filho)

A Fantastic Woman (2017) Directed by Sebastián Lelio; Featuring Daniela Vega and Francisco Reyes Una Mujer Fantástica or A Fantastic Woman is a Chilean film set in Santiago. It had a staggered release in 2017 and opened in Australia in 2018. It might be described as an LGBT movie, but I think it is better … Continue reading The Two Reviews: A Fantastic Woman (2017 Sebastián Lelio) and Aquarius (2016 Kleber Filho)

The Two Reviews: Lady Bird (2017 Greta Gerwig) and Mute (2018 Duncan Jones)

Lady Bird (2017, Universal Pictures) Directed by Greta Gerwig, featuring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf and Lucas Hedges Lady Bird is a classic coming of age movie that explores what it means to be a teenager in small town America. Subtly exploring teenage angst, the film manages to visit religion, virginity, sexuality, class, depression and friendship. … Continue reading The Two Reviews: Lady Bird (2017 Greta Gerwig) and Mute (2018 Duncan Jones)