David Archive

Movie Review: ‘Waiting For The Barbarians’

Greetings again from the darkness. Nobel Prize winning author J.M. Coetzee’s revered novel was first published in 1980, and renowned composer Philip Glass later adapted the South African writer’s work into a 2005 opera. It’s a fascinating piece of literature that, on the surface, ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Secret Garden’

Greetings again from the darkness. In the years since Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel was first published in 1911, “The Secret Garden” has become one of the most popular and oft-read children’s books. Previous film adaptations include the 1949 version with Margaret O’Brien and Dean ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Made In Italy’

Greetings again from the darkness. The Tuscan region of Italy is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s a terrific choice for the setting of one’s first screenplay and directorial debut. It’s also a marvelous spot for real life father and son ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Out Stealing Horses’

Greetings again from the darkness. Contrasts are plentiful in this film. The bleakness of winter versus the greenery of summer. The resignation of old age versus the naivety of youth. Pet Petterson’s award-winning novel was released in Norway in 2003, and then in English ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Summerland’

Greetings again from the darkness. We get our first glimpse of Alice Lamb as an older woman in 1975 pounding away on her Royal typewriter before abruptly and rudely shooing neighborhood kids away from her door. We then flashback thirty-something years to World War ...Read More

Documentary Review: ‘The Fight’

Greetings again from the darkness. The American Civil Liberties Union has been around since 1920. That’s 100 years of striving to be the stewards of our nation’s liberties. Eli B Despres, Josh Kriegman, and Elyse Steinberg are the three credited directors who bring us ...Read More

Documentary Review: ‘Rebuilding Paradise’

Greetings again from the darkness. It’s November 8, 2018 and the film opens with the daily weather report. For the residents of Paradise, California, this will forever be their worst nightmare: ‘Camp Fire’, the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. The ...Read More

Documentary Review: ‘Marley’

Greetings again from the darkness. This documentary was first released in 2012. I watched it then, and was pleased to hear that it’s now being re-released as part of the schedule of events in celebration of what would have been Bob Marley’s 75th birthday. ...Read More

Movie Short Review: ‘Kindling’

Greetings again from the darkness. Childhood best friends forge a bond that is never really broken. Piper (Jill Renner) and Celeste (Nicole Falk in her first credited role) grew up in the same trailer park. Piper is shown glancing at an old photo booth ...Read More