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MOVIE REVIEW: “Hello, My Name Is Doris” (Can something be cute & depressing as Hell at the exact same time?)

DORIS has a problem. Her mother just passed away and after years of caring for her, Doris’ life suddenly lacks purpose. She looks to her friends and a self-help guru for guidance, but only finds real hope in the shape of a much younger, male co-worker. Before long, Doris is completely obsessed and in totally over her head.

The best thing about Hello, My Name is Doris has to be it’s star, Sally Fields. She gives Doris a spunk and cuteness that makes her funky ensembles seem more artsy than old-lady. Fields also brings a pathos to Doris that makes you feel for her, even when you’re laughing at her. This, however, is also my biggest issue with Hello, My Name is Doris. We laugh long and hard at her dirty daydreams and sexual repression at the start of the film, then feel rotten about it when we see she has real problems. Isn’t it unseemly to chuckle at this woman, when she’s so badly in need of help? Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW PODCAST: “Spectre,” “Trumbo” & “The Peanuts Movie”

I had so many great movies to review this week, that I decided to go ahead and record a podcast with all 3 of them. I’ve also got a rundown of what’s coming up next week AND all the free movie passes I’m giving away on my website. ENJOY!

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MOVIE REVIEW: Bryan Cranston Channels “Trumbo”

It’s hard for me to tell if I love a movie that Bryan Cranston is in or if I just love Bryan Cranston. I’ve adored that man for years, even as the tighty-whitey Dad on Malcolm in the Middle. That’s part of the reason I’m struggling to review the movie Trumbo. Cranston is in every scene, hunching his shoulders, smoking cigarettes and sputtering lines that only he could get away with. He doesn’t steal the show because he IS the show and at times, it’s distracting.

Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, a Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted in the 1940’s for being a Communist. He and other writers, known as The Hollywood 10, were banished (Trumbo even did jail time) and forced to write under pseudonyms to make money. That is when Trumbo penned 2 Oscar winning films, and under different names. Continue reading →