Documentary Double Feature: “To Be Takei” and “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step”

George Takei, smiling as (almost) always, in "To Be Takei"

These two documentaries, now available for home viewing, offer interesting profiles of Nat Hentoff and George Takei, two American icons who effectively blend their involvement in the worlds of entertainment and civil rights activism. [Read more...]

Strange Rumblings in Shangri La (Guglielmino, 2014)


The film, shot on 16mm, has a coloring that surpasses anything I have had the pleasure of watching in the last several months. In addition to the storytelling or the framing, the pure, saturated colors were a treat for the eye. [Read more...]

Interstellar (Nolan, 2014)


A full plot synopsis of Interstellar would probably exhaust my thesaurus’ stock of synonyms for “inexplicable.” [Read more...]

Rose McGowan’s Dawn and the Problem of Short Films


We get thirty minutes of commercials before the previews start at the cinema. Would it be too much to ask for a short film every now and then? I know one pretty good one; I’ll bet there are others where this came from. [Read more...]

Hollidaysburg (Martemucci, 2014)


Hollidaysburg did make me want to see her competitor’s film, so Martemucci did will by the series. It also made me want to see what she could do if she got to choose her own material, so she did fine by herself, too. [Read more...]

Dolphin Tale 2 (Smith, 2014)

dolphin tale 2

Okay, I admit that Dolphin Tale 2 is probably not the kind of movie I would have screened in a theater if the film’s publicity unit hadn’t twisted my arm a little. But you know what? I’m kind of glad they did. [Read more...]