…Climb Aboard

Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” harkens back to a simpler time. A time when train travel was elegant, extravagant, and in style. A time when the journey was just as important as the destination. A time when a murder made headlines and shocked the world. And finally, a time when ensemble casts meant…

…Have a Little Faith

Philomena is a delightful surprise amongst this year’s nominees for Best Picture. Based on the true story of Philomena Lee, director Stephen Frears has created a heartwarming film about shame, love, and, most importantly, forgiveness. Philomena (Judi Dench), has kept her son, Anthony, a secret for 50 years.   Born out-of-wedlock, he was taken from…

…enjoy the ride

Times were different when  young, Irish-Catholic Philomena Lee was sent, pregnant and shamed, to the convent in Roscrea, Ireland. It’s here she paid her penance and gave birth to her son. It was also here that her son was taken from her without warning or explanation.   Times were different…

…think on your sins

Ah, the Bond movie.  You love ’em or you hate ’em, or you love to hate ’em.  I happen to love them, but everything I love about Bond movies strangely correlate with everything I hate about them. The Bond girls to be specific.  I have nothing against these women.  I get it, and I fully…

…Prefer Blonde

“Shall I be her?” whispers Marilyn Monroe to her young, British confidant Colin Clark, just before she poses and pouts for an assembled group of adoring fans. She slips into the part as if it were one of her form fitting costumes, and becomes the icon of charm and sex that the world knew her…

…Shed Some Light

“We must never forget our history.”   A weathered J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) shares this sentiment with a young agent as he takes down his memoirs. It’s an admirable thought, and is ever present in director Clint Eastwood’s, “J. Edgar.” However, for better or worse, the real driving force in this film is not the history,…