ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood is a fairy tale of two houses. Inside one lives Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio, magnificent), a TV star cut from the Steve McQueen fold. Simultaneously in his prime and all washed up, Dalton spends most of his time around Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), Dalton’s one-time stunt double, now driver/gopher/drinking buddy; a close friend who is “more than a brother, less than a wife,” according to the movie’s narrator. Continue reading ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD

GRAVITY

If there was any one thing that I learned from Roger Ebert, it was that movies are not what they’re about, they are how they’re about what they’re about. Gravity is a movie about moving past tragedy. The how of it is accomplished by placing the subject in space, isolating her completely. If that wasn’t enough of a motivating factor, she is running out of oxygen and the Earth’s gravity is slowly pulling her toward inevitability. Like most disaster movies, conquering or avoiding one obstacle, one moment of disaster, only leads to another, often worse scenario. “Out of the frying … Continue reading GRAVITY