One year, one film: 1961 – A Cold Wind in August

One year, one film: 1961 The film: A Cold Wind in August, dir. Alexander Singer Starring Lola Albright Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See A Cold Wind in August may have been independently produced on a low budget, but it would give Lola Albright what she considered to be her best role of all time, per a 1960 interview with The Los Angeles Times. … Continue reading One year, one film: 1961 – A Cold Wind in August

Films in 2016: Modern movies in February

The Choice (2016) – I unashamedly love these corny flicks based on Nicholas Sparks, so I was pretty much guaranteed to enjoy The Choice. Last year I unveiled my best-to-worst ranking of the author’s adaptations; on the updated version, The Choice would land between Safe Haven and The Longest Ride, making it my fifth-favorite Sparks romance. I might actually tie it with Safe Haven for … Continue reading Films in 2016: Modern movies in February

One year, one film: 1950 – In a Lonely Place

One year, one film: 1950 The film: In a Lonely Place, dir. Nicholas Ray starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE In a Lonely Place is a film I haven’t watched in years (something I need to remedy!), but it’s a film I still remember very well, even after so much time has passed. Based on the novel of … Continue reading One year, one film: 1950 – In a Lonely Place

Films in 2015: Modern movies in December

The Ballad of Shovels & Rope (2014) – I love Shovels & Rope. Their music is great, they bring their dog on tour, and they’re a stinkin’ adorable couple. This is available on Hulu and I urge any fan of the band to watch it, as well as anyone interested in the creative process/recording process of smaller touring acts. The doc was filmed from 2010 … Continue reading Films in 2015: Modern movies in December

One year, one film: 1946 – Notorious

One year, one film: 1946 The film:  Notorious, dir. Alfred Hitchcock starring Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Claude Rains Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE What can I say about Notorious that hasn’t already been said? It’s Hitchcock. It’s Cary Grant. It’s Ingrid Bergman. It’s Claude Rains. It’s everything. All at once suspenseful and romantic, Notorious spins a tangled web of espionage and betrayal, scripted by the … Continue reading One year, one film: 1946 – Notorious

Films in 2015: Modern movies in October

The Martian (2015) – I loved this film. It’ll land among my favorites of the year. It’s got thrills, tension, humor, and a great lead performance by Matt Damon. Amazing supporting cast, too, though Damon’s fellow crew are somewhat under-utilized. (Needs more Chastain.) The book that served as the film’s source material has been on my to-read list for a year or so, and now it’s been pushed … Continue reading Films in 2015: Modern movies in October

Films in 2015: Modern Movies in September

Another month has passed, with another handful of modern movies watched. Here are tiny reviews of the post-1970 films I watched in September! Alex of Venice (2014) – This is a film I’ve been looking forward to watching for some time. I’m a big fan of Chris Messina as an actor, and this marks his first outing as director. Naturally, my interest was piqued by … Continue reading Films in 2015: Modern Movies in September

Films in 2015: Modern Movies in June

Bad Blood (2015) – As one of the latest releases from the notorious Lifetime Movie Network, Bad Blood was neither as sinister nor as corny as I expected it to be. The script is predictable and somewhat anti-climactic. That being said, all is not lost. The acting is mostly better-than-average by LMN standards. It was also fun for me to see Jeff Kober in a … Continue reading Films in 2015: Modern Movies in June

Films in 2015: Modern Movies in March, Part I

The Captive (2014) – I was wholly unimpressed by this film. It’s a stinker. Slow and dull story (despite the gimmicky attempt to make it cool by using a non-linear structure, hopping between time periods). Pretty bad acting. The back story/motivation of the culprits is never explained, which annoyed me. A story about a man who may be close to finding his daughter after her … Continue reading Films in 2015: Modern Movies in March, Part I

Films in 2015: Modern Movies in February (Pt. 2)

Just Wright (2010) – One of the most predictable movies I’ve ever watched in my entire life. That being said, it’s a rom-com, and I was in the mood for a rom-com when I watched it, so I didn’t hate it. The script is pretty weak and spends too much time explaining itself to the viewer. (The film opens with Leslie going on a failed … Continue reading Films in 2015: Modern Movies in February (Pt. 2)