Period film: Bridge of Spies (2015)

Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) has been found out. A Cold War is raging, and the FBI has determined that he is a spy. After evidence of such is found in his small, rented Brooklyn apartment, he is prosecuted. Abel’s suspected spy status does not eliminate his right to a fair trial — especially when such a trial will stop the Soviet Union from taking advantage … Continue reading Period film: Bridge of Spies (2015)

Favorite things about… You’ve Got Mail (1998)

The favorite film: You’ve Got Mail, a 1998 romantic comedy from the great Nora Ephron The synopsis: Two feuding bookstore owners – one the head of a big-box chain store, the other an independent bookseller – unknowingly correspond with (and begin falling for) each other over e-mail. The cast: Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly Tom Hanks a Joe Fox Greg Kinnear as Frank Parker Posey … Continue reading Favorite things about… You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) and Wife Versus Secretary (1936)

Watched January 21, 2012 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011): 3.7/5 This review contains a few spoilers of minor elements of the film. Also, keep in mind that I have not read the book! Let’s start with the positives: Newcomer Thomas Horn as Oskar, Max von Sydow as The Renter and John Goodman in the very small role of Stan the Doorman give stellar performances. … Continue reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) and Wife Versus Secretary (1936)

That Thing You Do! (1996)

Watched January 20, 2012 That Thing You Do! (1996): 4.5/5 After hearing many, many good things about this film and realizing that it was available on Netflix Instant, I finally decided to watch it. I’ll cut right to the chase here: I loved this film! I loved it from the beginning. There’s just something awesome about mid-90s comedies, and this one certainly has a lot … Continue reading That Thing You Do! (1996)