Tag Archives: Michael Shannon

Stream of the Week: FRANK & LOLA – Bad Girl or Troubled Girl?

The San Francisco International Film Festival is underway, so this week’s video pick comes from the program of last year’s festival.  The absorbing neo-noir romance Frank & Lola opens with a couple lovemaking for the first time – and right … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: LOVING – the love story that made history

The landmark 1967 US Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia overturned state laws that banned interracial marriage. Loving is the story of the real couple behind that ruling, and it’s a satisfying love story of two modest people who would … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: FRANK & LOLA – Bad Girl or Troubled Girl?

The absorbing neo-noir romance Frank & Lola opens with a couple lovemaking for the first time – and right away there’s a glimmer that he’s more invested than she is.  Soon we’re spirited from Vegas to Paris and back again … Continue reading

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A plea from The Movie Gourmet for Critics’ Awards and the Oscars

I’m always worried that the work of deserving filmmakers will get overlooked by the Academy Awards. It’s time for the critic’s awards, which can prompt Oscar nominations. And I have some opinions about some nuggets that should be recognized. BEST … Continue reading

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LOVING: the love story that made history

The landmark 1967 US Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia overturned state laws that banned interracial marriage.  Loving is the story of the real couple behind that ruling, and it’s a satisfying love story of two modest people who would … Continue reading

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS: melodrama, squirming and then, finally, Michael Shannon

In the would-be-thriller-but-really-squirmer Nocturnal Animals, Amy Adams plays a young woman who becomes infatuated with the romance of being with a starving artist, the sensitive Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). After the romance wears off, she dumps him for a higher testosterone … Continue reading

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ELVIS & NIXON: the eccentric meets the quirky

In December, 1970, an addled Elvis Presley was isolated and indulged by his hangers-on and feeling cranky enough to shoot out a TV set in Graceland.  He decided that he needed a “federal agent at large” badge, and his quest … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: 99 HOMES – desperation leads to indecency, then redemption

The opening scene of the brilliant psychological drama 99 Homes illustrates the life-and-death stakes of our nation’s foreclosure crisis. It’s a topical film, but 99 Homes is emotionally raw and as intense as any thriller. Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is … Continue reading

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99 HOMES: desperation leads to indecency, then redemption

The opening scene of the brilliant psychological drama 99 Homes illustrates the life-and-death stakes of our nation’s foreclosure crisis.  It’s a topical film, but 99 Homes is emotionally raw and as intense as any thriller.  Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: The Iceman

The Iceman is based on the true story of Richard Kuklinski, a New Jersey hitman said to have killed at least 100 (and possibly more than 250) people over thirty years until 1985. Besides his prolific trail of carnage, the … Continue reading

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