Stan & Ollie

The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson, Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter) and Ida (Nina Arianda) – a formidable double act in their own right – the pair’s love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.

The Favorite

Queen Anne: Oh, it is fun to be queen sometimes!

There are some very good elements in this film. It looks great with excellent production qualities.

Underneath it all is a power play between three women in 18th Century England. Two of them vie to be Queen Anne’s favorite even if this means massaging more than her legs.Abigail (Emma Stone) has fallen on hard times. She arrives at Court hoping for employment from her cousin, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz.) She is the Queen’s trusted adviser, lady in waiting, confidante and even lover. Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is ill. She has gout, she is mentally unstable. She lost 17 children and she has 17 rabbits that she plays with. Governing the country is something she finds difficult especially as Britain is at war with France. Abigail wants to ingratiate herself with Queen Anne and climb the greasy pole to secure her position. Over time Abigail and Lady Sarah fight, dirtily to be the Queen’s favorite.

The Favorite is a crude, grimy, seedy, bawdy drama in tone and language. Lanthimos is certainly not interested in showing a wholesome chocolate box portrait of 18th century life. This is a sumptuous looking costume drama about fragile cruel people and egos. People who are desperate to get to the top and remain there.

If you liked THE LOBSTER you will like this.

On the Basis of Sex

Beautiful film about the career and life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The cast is brilliant: Felicity Jones (perfect as Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Armie Hammer, as her loving husband. They have an unbelievable chemistry together in the film.
The film centers on how Ginsburg was initially instrumental and ultimately essential in an appellate case that helped pave the way for gender discrimination in federal law to be eradicated. Along with her husband, she worked on the appeal with the ACLU, heralded by Mel Wulf (Justin Theroux), a liberal with complicated principles. Kathy Bates makes a nice turn as a famous, hardened civil rights litigator who failed in some earlier cases. Sam Waterston is a welcome presence as the outwardly progressive but inwardly parochial Erwin Griswold, Dean of Harvard Law during Ginsburg’s years as a student. Cailee Spaeny as the teenage daughter.


Go, if you like comics

I enjoyed this film and it did not disappoint in terms of action, adventure, comedy and most of all the visuals were epic, for a comic book adaptation this was spot on, I read Aquaman comics and this a good introduction to the character. This movie felt a bit long considering it’s run time of 2hrs 23 mins. Chop thirty minutes from the fighting and you are great.

It has some really corny lines and yet I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the film. Jason Momoa actually makes Aquaman cool and really grabs the role by the reins,

I’m pretty sure it would have been more entertaining if Jar Jar Binks was in it.

Mary Poppins

Must GO

A movie that makes you smile and feel like a kid again.

This is profoundly one of the years very best pictures! It is filled with pure bliss even better than expected. It is a genuine musical with great tunes and fun, meaningful lyrics that help tell the meaning of the story. Emily Blunt is outstanding and exceptional in this role as Mary Poppins, she makes the character her own and knocks it right out of the ball park with her excellent vocals and range!

Two of the most beautiful songs I ever heard are here: the lullaby, “The Place Where Lost Things Go” and the wonderful, rousing showstopper “Trip a Little Light Fantastic”. The amazing thing is that the songwriters this time around actually compose music and lyrics “similar” to the 1964 version, BUT do not steal from it.

I will see this again.