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more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man
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by Tony Medley
Irrational Man (9/10):
This is one of writer/director Woody Allen’s more complex scripts. The
music of Ramsay Lewis Trio constantly reminds one that this is a
light-hearted comedic presentation, despite the dark philosophical
undertones. While Allen says that he was deeply influenced by Ingmar
Bergman, throughout the film I kept thinking what it would have been
like if Alfred Hitchcock had directed Woody’s script instead of Woody,
with a cast of, maybe, Grace Kelly or Joan Fontaine and Ray Milland or
Cary Grant instead of Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix. Actually, I knew
what it would have been like. It still would have been 9/10 but it would
have been a tense thriller on the order of “Suspicion” (1941) or
“Dial M For Murder” (1954) instead of comedic.
Amy Winehouse was known to most of the world as, sure, a famous jazz
singer, but her overriding repute was as an out of control drug addict.
This is a no-holds barred look at her turbulent life. It has some
amazing scenes, almost as if her life were a feature motion picture and
cameras were always there to capture events, both public and private,
that shaped her life and reputation. Director Asif Kapadia has produced
a truly remarkable documentary of her life with astounding editing by
Dog movies have been favorites for generations, starting with Rin-Tin-Tin
(Rinty) and continuing with Lassie. Even a film about a rambunctious,
uncontrollable dog, “Marley & Me” (2008), became the highest
grossing dog movie of all time (over $143 million). The only thing I
didn’t like about that film was the dog. This one, though, is the best
I’ve seen. Despite good performances, fine pace, youthful romance,
boy-dog affection, and suspense with bad guys all around, as usual the
dog steals the film.
Mr. Holmes (7/10):
Although sitting through this seems a good cure for insomnia, it has its
moments with a fine performance by 12-year old Milo Parker who
constantly upstages Ian McKellen, who still gives an interesting
performance as the aged, brooding Sherlock Holmes with failing mental
faculties. It’s greatly aided by the atmospheric Sussex filming location
and an outstanding score, both of which help to keep one from nodding
This is a psychological story of love and relationships told through a
mystery about what happened to Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes'
children who went missing. Far too long and unrelentingly dark and
depressing, I was enjoying the acting and the mystery, but the last half
hour goes overboard.
In an aptly entitled movie, Judd Apatow is back and Amy Schumer’s got
him. And a compatible couple they are because both seem burdened by
terminal coprolalia (an uncontrollable or
obsessive use of obscene language).
Even if Amy can’t out F bomb Judd, she can keep up with him. And she
will engage in any scene imaginable so long as it relates to sex. Like
“Bridesmaids” (2011), this is a film made mainly for women
showing that women can be coarse, too (just picture your mother talking
and acting like this). Burdened by a plethora of cameos, it’s inundated
with sex jokes and gross situations apparently from a woman’s POV
(tampons, anyone?) many of which take all the romance out of the act of
making love. NBA Star LeBron James actually gives a good performance but
Apatow (the director) should have told him that the word “ask” has not
been properly pronounced “aks” (metathesis) since Chaucer died, and
given him another take on that scene.
Magic Mike XXL 0/10):
Apparently star/producer Channing Tatum thought that seeing a bunch of
buff men bumping and grinding would appeal to women. God knows I’m no
expert on what appeals to women, but I’m extremely dubious that this
film will, and there’s certainly nothing in it for men. The story is
sheer fantasy, the script mind-numbingly shallow, the acting
excruciating, and the pace non-existent.