Mudbound: A Netflix Original Film

The cast of Mudbound

Mudbound, nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige) and Best Adapted Screenplay (among other Academy and SAG nominations), and directed by Diandrea “Dee” Rees, takes place in the heart of the American South---the Mississippi Delta---before, during, and after America’s call to war in 1941. Adapted from Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel of the same name, …

Decorated Cupcakes Expectations and Frozen Pizza Realities: Tully’s Meditation on Motherhood

Charlize Theron as Marlo Moreau in Tully

No force completely upends your life, changing your body and your being, quite like motherhood. It is only through a pregnancy where a woman becomes a vessel for another human life and where her own life is no longer her only priority. Motherhood is a journey that impacts daily life, creates new routines and future …

If Not Now, When? Richard Linklater (Part 3)

Where to begin? The Before Trilogy, as it has been named, is considered to be one of Richard Linklater’s crowning achievements (together with co-writers---on parts two and three---Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy). A small release back in 1995, Before Sunrise was not typical of the twenty-somethings-get-together type of pictures that played to a multiplex audience. …

Aging, Reflection & Mortality in The Straight Story & Lucky

The late, great Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky

One of the many life lessons I’ve adopted from Twin Peaks is FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper’s advice, “When two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry, we must always pay strict attention.” Well, the two separate events that I’m colliding here to share are very recent screenings of David Lynch’s …

Lay All Your Love On Me? The Wicker Man, Mamma Mia! and the Soiled Dream of the ’60s

An excursion down the rabbit hole of intertextual analysis when studying cinema may provoke the viewer to reassess and reinterpret popular filmic texts in order to investigate an idea and peer into its thematic voyage through time from one film to another. The comparison of films seemingly at the binary opposite spectrum of theme, genre …