INTO THE DARK – RICK MOFINA – WHERE’S THE SURPRISE? WHERE’S THE THRILL?

Into the Dark by Rick Mofina Pros: the book had some interesting characters Cons: absolutely nothing thrilling about it Bland.  No spark whatsoever.  Definitely not “thrilling”. Such is the case, with Rick Mofina’s Into The Dark. Serial killer on the loose.  Cops haven’t a clue.  Yeah, Yeah, we’ve heard it all before. But normally these books

CLIVE OWENS VS. JULIETTE BINOCHE COMPETING FOR STUDENTS’ HEARTS AND MIND

Words and Pictures (2013) Pros: leads Cons: effort required to suspend disbelief I think that Julette Binoche, who is now 50 years old, is radiantly beautiful and palpably intelligent. Her performance —and/or her aura! — are the main reason to watch the 2013 romantic comedy in which she and Clive Owen play dueling teachers in

ELIZABETH BOWEN ADAPTATION

The Last September Pros: Gambon, Smith Cons: see last paragraph Once upon a time (whenever PBS broadcast the BBC movie), I was impressed by Harold Pinter’s adaptation of the 1949 novel The Heat of the Day by Anglo-Irish novelist Elizabeth (1899 -1973) starring Michael Gambon and Michael York. I found it considerably more difficult to “get into”

VIENNA BIKE-MESSENGER GO-BETWEEN

Tempo Pros:Bernd and Clarissa Cons: Jojo and his fantasy life Despite what I consider excessive graphic violence, I thought that Stefan Ruzowitzky’s 2012 movie “Deadfall” starring Eric Bana was interesting. Among other facets, it includes the tensest “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner I’ve ever seen (onscreen or off). Ruzowitzky’s 2007 “The Counterfeiters” was much acclaimed and won

BREATHING

Atmen Pros: eventually becomes interesting Cons: slow and opaque start Eighteen- (or nineteen-) year-old Roman Kogler (Thomas Schubert), the young Austrian protagonist of Karl Markovics’s 2011 “Atmen” (Breathing) is very close-mouthed, if not quite catatonic, through much of the movie. He is incarcerated for murder in a juvenile detention facility, shunned by the other young

THOUGH DESERVING OF THE BEST PICTURE NOD, BIRDMAN IS AN ODD CHOICE…

BIRDMAN or (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) Pros: A masterpiece of concept and execution, with strong acting, visuals, script, and music Cons: Definitely not for all tastes An extremely quirky, definitively odd film along the lines of Being John Malkovich, 2014’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is in many ways, about as strange a choice for