15 Most Memorable Lines from Movies

movienightsign-cindyfazziNot all great movies have memorable lines, and not all memorable lines come from great movies. But the latter stand the test of time because the quotes themselves live on.   (more…)

Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone’s “La La Land”: Perfect Antidote to Gloom of 2016

Photo courtesy of IMDB.

Photo courtesy of IMDB.

Film Review: La La Land,” directed by Damien Chazelle, 2016; winner of seven Golden Globe awards.

“La La Land,” released at the end of 2016, was the right movie at the right time for many Americans like me in want of hope and inspiration, no matter how fleeting. Only the truly cynical and jaded heart would remain untouched by Damien Chazelle’s beautiful film. (more…)

Top 5 Film Reviews: Tribute to Robin Williams is Number One

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Photo credit: bob in swamp via Visualhunt.com / CC BY

It’s that time of the year again—a time for roundups. In this article, I’m highlighting the five most popular film reviews posted on this blog. (more…)

Brie Larson’s “Room” Captures the Novel’s Extraordinary Voice

Room Movie PosterFilm Review: “Room,” directed by Lenny Abrahamson, 2015

When I read Emma Donoghue’s brilliant novel a few years ago, I thought its claustrophobic setting and 5-year-old narrator made the book impossible to turn into a movie. Thank goodness, I was wrong. Lenny Abrahamson’s film succeeds in capturing the book’s positive spirit and the young protagonist’s sense of wonder. (more…)

Natalie Portman’s Feminist Western Deserves More Attention

JGAG PosterFilm Review: Jane Got a Gun,” directed by Gavin O’Connor, 2015

The Hollywood western is the ultimate American film genre, full of maverick heroes and brutish villains amid a sprawling frontier landscape. “Jane Got a Gun” delivers all of that—from the perspective of a young woman protecting her family and home. (more…)

“The Martian” Makes Science Fiction Fun with its Huge Dose of Humor

MartianBookCover-CindyFazziPicFilm Review: “The Martian,” directed by Ridley Scott, 2015

Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” opens with a real downer. Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is left behind on Mars by his crew, believing he’d died in a storm. I almost expected a gross scenario to follow in the style of “Alien” and “Prometheus,” the other science-fiction films by Scott. But, no, happily this movie is a lot more fun than those two films combined. (more…)

Jake Gyllenhaal Matures as an Actor in “Southpaw”

SouthpawFilm Review: “Southpaw,” directed by Antoine Fuqua, 2015

There’s nothing more conventional than a boxing movie. From “Rocky” to “The Fighter,” we know what we’re going to get: a good fight. “Southpaw” delivers exactly that. It’s tough and comforting at the same time. (more…)

Eight Knockout Movies Featuring Boxers and Fighters

WarriorDVD-CindyFazziThere’s something fascinating about watching a physical fight. Whether it’s witnessing a group of high school boys duking it out during a basketball game or watching Rocky getting bloodied in all six movies in the franchise, the effect is similar. A fight is thrilling. (more…)

After 36 Years, “Mad Max” Returns as a Feminist in a Movie about Women

MadMaxMag-CindyFazziFilm Review: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” directed by George Miller, 2015

It’s risky to infuse a huge Hollywood film with a political message. It takes a visionary director like George Miller to reboot his “Mad Max” franchise with an unabashed feminist theme. (more…)

“St. Vincent”: Bill Murray Gets Better and Better with Age

St. Vincent-CindyFazziPicFilm Review: “St. Vincent” directed by Theodore Melfi, 2014

We’re all familiar with the curmudgeon character made popular by Archie Bunker on TV. Clint Eastwood played a similar character in “Gran Torino” and “Trouble with the Curve.” In “St. Vincent,” Bill Murray’s cantankerous neighbor is a refreshing take on the trope. (more…)