David Archive

Movie Review: ‘Living’

Greetings again from the darkness. That uneasy feeling will likely never fade for me … the anxiety when one of the classic movies of yesteryear gets a remake from a contemporary filmmaker with their own vision. Sometimes the new version is a respected tribute ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Aftersun’

Greetings again from the darkness. There are two reasons I was excited to see Paul Mescal nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in this film. First, he deserved it. Secondly, it offers hope that more people will seek out this terrific, ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Life Upside Down’

Greetings again from the darkness. When watching and reviewing films, I strive to be objective and observant, while putting some thought into what the creator(s) hoped to achieve with the project. However, this is my upfront disclosure that it’s January 2023 and I seem ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Close’

Greetings again from the darkness. Coming of age stories are immensely popular in literature and cinema. And why not? We all go through the stages (some more effectively than others). Writer-director Lukas Dhont is no stranger to backlash and criticism after his 2018 feature ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Son’

Greetings again from the darkness. Writer-director Florian Zeller floored me a couple of years ago with his film, THE FATHER (2021). Adapted from Zeller’s own play by screenwriter Christopher Hampton (DANGEROUS LIAISONS, 1988), the film starred Anthony Hopkins who gave a searing performance that ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘After Love’

Greetings again from the darkness. There are multiple ways one can interpret the first feature film from writer-director Aleem Khan; however for me, this worked best as a study of identity – how we define ourselves and our life. It’s an unusual start to ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Women Talking’

Greetings again from the darkness. Do nothing. Stay and fight. Leave. Those are the three options a group of women debate in the loft of a barn on the edge of their religious commune. The true story that inspired Miriam Toews to write her ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Come Find Me’

Greetings again from the darkness. Writer-director Daniel Poliner delivers two movies in one. And while that may be a real value when shopping, it can be a bit counterproductive in moviemaking. We begin with the story of Christina (Victoria Cartagena, “Gotham”), a Latina senior ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘A Man Called Otto’

Greetings again from the darkness. Grumpy people are everywhere these days. In fact, two-time Oscar winner and all-around likable guy Tom Hanks (FORREST GUMP, PHILADELPHIA) may be the only one who catches us off-guard when he’s grumpy. Here, Hanks plays Otto, the neighborhood curmudgeon ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘M3GAN’

Greetings again from the darkness. Dolls are the new Clowns in horror. Okay, that’s not actually true since there is a long history of creepy dolls coming alive. Do you remember “The Twilight Zone” 1963 episode “Living Doll” featuring Talking Tina (voiced by the ...Read More