MYMNK: “Hard Eight”

MYMNK: “Hard Eight”

The newest addition to my Movies You Might Not Know list is the 1996 drama “Hard Eight.” It is one of the best movies about gambling, marked the start of Paul Thomas Anderson’s feature film career, and is a solid leading man showcase for Philip Baker...
Movie Review: “CODA”

Movie Review: “CODA”

According to the dictionary, “coda” is a noun meaning: a concluding section or part, as in a work of music, literature, or drama. an acronym for Child Of Deaf Adults. Both definitions apply to the entertaining new movie, “CODA,” in which¬†Emilia...
Movie Review: “Free Guy”

Movie Review: “Free Guy”

In “Free Guy,” Ryan Reynolds plays a character in a video game called Free City. Technically, he’s an NPC, a non-player character, because unlike the main figures in the game, Guy is nothing more than an extra, a bank teller who does little more than...
Movie Review: “Respect”

Movie Review: “Respect”

“Respect” is a so-so biopic of Aretha Franklin that is saved by the power of Jennifer Hudson’s voice. Thus, it parallels the “Aretha” miniseries that ran earlier this year on NatGeo TV, which was only worth watching to see Cynthia...
How NOT To Conduct An Orchestra

How NOT To Conduct An Orchestra

Apparently, I’m not done bashing the movie “Annette” yet. In addition to all my other criticisms on Friday and Saturday, here’s a new one. The movie contains a scene in which Simon Helberg plays a conductor leading an orchestra. He does it in...
Give Tom Lehrer Some Credit

Give Tom Lehrer Some Credit

In my review yesterday of the horribly pretentious new movie, “Annette,” I neglected to mention something that my friend Jim Batts drew attention to. In the first scene of Adam Driver’s character, Henry, performing as a standup comedian, he quotes...