Mao’s Last Dancer is the true story of Li Cunxin, a ballet dancer who defected to the United States in 1981 from Maoist China where he was born. We share his journey from his youth in a small village in the Shandong province, to when he is taken away at age eleven from his family to...
Making Leo Tolstoy’s great novel War and Peace into a film must have been a daunting task and undertaking, especially in 1956 when this film was made. Watching it now, in 2015, I can appreciate the massive scope of work and production that went into the grand sets and scenes. The film script had to...
Guilty by Suspicion. By suspicion only… and yet guilty. Can you imagine? A realistic look at a terrible time for many Americans. This film is about the true happenings of Hollywood during the 1950’s when the Un-American Committee was ruled by McCarthy and going through their anti-communist mania. It is the best film on this...
Dustin Hoffman became a star playing in The Graduate, His character, Benjamin Braddock, is a 21 year old young man who has just finished college and is back at his parents house in California. Unsure of his future and knowing that he does not want to be like his parents, he spends the film avoiding...
Midnight in Paris is beautiful film opens with a three minute postcard styled montage of Paris, showing the iconic tourist sites filmed with a filter so colorful it almost makes the scenes look like a painting. The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence....
In Flawless, we get to watch Robert De Niro, a hardened New York cop, become best friends with a drag queen. What? In this surprisingly delightful film we meet Walter Koontz (De Niro) who plays a police officer / hero who has a stroke which partially paralyzes his one side. He loses his ability to...