House of Gucci

As a film, House of Gucci is all over the shop. It’s by design. The main job of the director — in this case, Ridley Scott — is tone wrangler. It seems at times as if the actors are each the star of their own movie. Somehow it all coalesces into a coherent work. It’s […]

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Spencer (2021 film)

One SFW nickname for Disney is “The House of Mouse,” but these days, Mickey is little more than a corporate mascot. Of late, Disney is known mainly for churning out content from intellectual properties they have purchased. One of the more consistent money makers for them the past near century are films about young women […]

Jackie (2016 film)

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is probably the most analyzed event of the 20th Century. Once you back away from the microscope, the fact remains that a wife lost her husband, and two children lost their father. Some people tend to forget that. The starting point and central narrative of Jackie is an […]

No Time to Die

Early on in No Time to Die, I noticed that something was different. I’m not talking about the Universal Studios logo that has replaced the Columbia Pictures lady with the torch that somewhat resembles Annette Bening — the lady, not the torch. No, it’s just after that, during the gun barrel sequence. I won’t spoil […]

La piscine (Criterion Collection)

Sometimes the best results come from the simplest of ideas. Take four people, put them in a house for a few days, see what happens. In this case, we get La piscine, an influential film that should be more well known. Jean-Paul (Alain Delon) and Marianne (Romy Schneider) are spending their vacation in the South […]

The Courier (2021 film)

In August of 1960, a Soviet government official by the name of Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) made the decision to defect to the West. His bargaining chip is that he has top secret access to information about Russian nuclear weapons. MI6 agent Dickie Franks (Angus Wright) and his American counterpart, Emily Donovan (Rachel Brosnahan), are […]

The Father

The Academy Awards are weird. It starts with the nomination announcement. That morning, Film Twitter loses its mind. Everyone is asking, “Where’s ______?” “Why ______?” And the ever popular, *What the ____?!” As for the ceremony, it can be a bit predictable; Pixar usually wins, Glenn Close never does. There is the occasional surprise, like […]

The Mauritanian

The Mauritanian contains many of the ingredients it takes for a fascinating episode of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. The film received multiple BAFTA nominations, but came away empty handed. Jodie Foster was awarded two Best Supporting Actress trophies. One at the Golden Globes, the other at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards. One […]