Monday, July 15, 2024

Kristin Battestella

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Kick Ass Women’s Comedies

These eighties and nineties ladies knew how to take names and bring the laughter in these pleasing, palate cleansing, nostalgic comedies.   The Beautician and The Beast James Bond himself, Timothy Dalton (License to Kill)...

Movie Review: ‘The Banishing’ Uses Shame as Commentary

Director: Christopher Smith Writers: David Beton, Ray Bogdanovich, and Dean Lines Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, John Heffernan, Anya McKenna-Bruce Synopsis: The Banishing tells the story of the most haunted house in England. In the 1930s,...

The Underseen Rachel Weisz

Acclaimed actress Rachel Weisz is known for beloved adventures such as The Mummy and lauded support as seen in The Constant Gardener or The Favourite. However, her repertoire includes emotional truths and...

An Underseen Daniel Craig Trio

Former 007 James Bond actor Daniel Craig has an eclectic body of work beyond the tuxedo and martinis shaken, not stirred. Here's a trio of Craig appearances that deserve more love.   Flashbacks of...

Op-ed: Phantoms of the Operas!

Interpretations of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel are certainly plentiful, yet each adaptation adds its own musical morose to the opera underbelly. Though listed chronologically, ironically this countdown also ends up from best...

Subtle Fifties Hitchcock

Though not To Catch a Thief, Rear Window, Vertigo, or North by Northwest, this trio of perhaps quieter, subtle Alfred Hitchcock fifties films remains top tier suspense.   Dial M for Murder Stereotypical bliss gives...

Two Great, Two Ho-Hum Alfred Hitchcock

Believe it or not, not all Alfred Hitchcock films are great Alfred Hitchcock films. Here's a tit for tat featuring two worthy early Hitchcock thrillers and two of his ho-hum period pieces...

Hitchcock in the 1930s

Though often under-produced with innate poor quality, these early Alfred Hitchcock British films from the thirties are peppered with familiar Hitchockian nuggets and all the expected suspense.   Murder! Screams, Beethoven overtures, and Wagner on...

Kristin Battestella

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