…recover

Uhhh… Sorry, just wrapping up my reaction to the bizarre ending to last night’s Oscars. No matter how accurate your Oscar predictions were if you called “Moonlight” for Best Picture…but only after the award is briefly given to “La La Land,” then there are some people at Price Waterhouse Cooper who would like to speak with…

…dare to dream

Well, folks, here we are, the final Best Picture nominee, “La La Land.” I’ll keep my review brief and direct you to Zer’s review if you require more analysis and plot details. There’s a broader conversation happening around this film, that I’d like to take the opportunity to address. But first, my review: This homage to…

…find the right words

To say that Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) is a man of many words, doesn’t seem to quite do him justice. The central character of August Wilson’s “Fences” is nothing if not loquacious, but it’s the meaning behind those words and stories (for everything) that really defines him. Of course, while Troy is talking, there’s plenty…

…find home

Class, language, and hundreds of miles separate young Saroo (Sunny Pawar) from his family in India after he is separated from his brother at a train station. “Lion” is truly an extraordinary story about the (almost) unbelievable journey of young Saroo, and the most astonishing part is that it’s true. So much of this movie is absolutely…

…stay afloat

“Manchester by the Sea,” written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, is not a happy story, but, against all odds, it is a hopeful one. When we meet Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) he is living his life as a reclusive, surly handyman at an apartment complex in Boston. When he receives a call informing him that…

…pay back

In the spirit of starting this year’s Oscar reviews with honesty, I’m going to be upfront with you. When I saw that “Hell or High Water” was a Best Picture nominee I assumed it was because it was a Jeff Bridges western (he has a history). I was wrong. The story of brothers Toby (Chris…