Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood is a sentimental, Linklater-esque nostalgia dream tinged at the edges with a brooding darkness.  These are all qualities absorbed through observation rather than any dictated narration, with the sun-bleached scene established through images of characters driving peacefully through Los Angeles, listening to the radio and … Continue reading Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

Directed by Jonathan Marstow Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is an entertaining enough action movie, but it falls flat when inevitably compared to the previous two Terminator movies.  The first was a simple, streamlined horror movie of sorts, and the second remixed the first, turning Schwarzenegger into the hero and for the first time positioning … Continue reading Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

Directed by Susanna Fogel The Spy Who Dumped Me has a lot in common with the old Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn thriller/romance/comedy Charade (1963).  In both cases the protagonist finds herself caught up in a world of deception and murder thanks to her connection to a dead or dying romantic interest.  In Charade it was Hepburn's deceased husband, … Continue reading The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)