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 is looses 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, […]

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 […]

Ava (2020 film)

Ava is a film that seems like a good idea. Mostly. Jessica Chastain playing an assassin is a no brainer. The entire cast is made up of skilled actors that any director would kill (no pun intended) to work with. So, what went wrong? Ava (Chastain) is not a quirky person, but she does have […]

Greenland

When I first saw the trailer for Greenland, I was hoping it would the movie in which Gerrard Butler punches a comet into another galaxy. This is not that movie, it’s far more serious. If anything, Greenland is the film Deep Impact should have been. Butler plays structural engineer John Garrity. Yes, it makes about […]

Tenet (No Spoilers)

Let’s get this out of the way: I don’t think Tenet will be the savior of the cinema-going experience. But it makes for a good time at the theater. Especially if you see it in IMAX. The Christopher Nolan Cinematic Universe is not a thing, yet Tenet feels like it belongs in the same world […]

Emma. (2020 Film)

With the recent adaptations of Emma and Little Women, it’s like the 1990s all over again. Great Expectations and Romeo and Juliet are probably just around the corner. Not the immediate future, but eventually. With a script by Eleanor Catton, director Autumn de Wilde brings Jane Austen’s Emma into the modern age. Not in the […]