The Odd Couple (1968)

Director: Gene Saks   Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman, David Sheiner, Larry Haines, Monica Evans, Carole Shelley   Genre: Comedy     “You can’t spend the rest of your life crying. It annoys people in the movies.”     The great duo – Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau – elevate this comedy as one of the best from the 60s. There are similarities between this one and another great film His Girl Read more…

Criss Cross (1949)

Director: Robert Siodmak   Starring: Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally   Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir     “When you Double-Cross a Double-Crosser…IT’S A CRISS-CROSS!”     What would a man do for love? Probably anything. We all have been there at some point; we must not be overwhelmed by feelings, especially when our life is at stake. That’s the moral of this great noir movie directed by one of the geniuses Read more…

Funny Face (1957)

Director: Stanley Donen   Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair   Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance     “When I get through with you, you’ll look like… What do you call beautiful? A tree. You’ll look like a tree.”     Here’s one of the movies, I guess, Audrey Hepburn loved. Why? Because she returned to her first love – dancing. I wanted to watch this film for a while, so tonight was Read more…

Soul (2020)

Director: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers   Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House   Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy     “Is all this living really worth dying for?”     A powerful pretender for the Best Animated Feature (Academy Awards), Soul is a love letter to life. I think everyone lost the joy to live sometimes, when everything became monotonous, dull, or when you are too busy to see the world around you Read more…

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Director: Elia Kazan   Starring: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden   Genre: Drama     “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”     Considered by many critics one of the best films of all time (97 from Metascore), Kazan’s masterpiece explores the mind of a troubled woman, who tries to rediscover the road to happiness. I found the film a great one, but with a far too slow story Read more…

Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020)

Director: Laurent Bouzereau   Starring: Natalie Wood, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Robert Wagner, Courtney Wagner, Julie Salamon, Robert Redford   Genre: Documentary     “At night, when the sky is full of stars and the sea is still you get the wonderful sensation that you are floating in space.” – Natalie Wood     First of all, “Happy New Year” everyone! I hope this will be the year you dreamt of, filled with joyfulness, health, and accomplishments! Read more…

Midsommar (2019)

Director: Ari Aster Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery   “Welcome to Harga, and happy midsummer! It has been ninety years since our last great feast, and it will be ninety years before our next. And what poetry that it’s now the hottest and brightest summer on record. We already have so much to give back. And so, without any further blathering, let’s raise our Read more…

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Director: Howard Hawks Starring: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess, Thomas Mitchell Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance   “No looking ahead, no tomorrows. Just today.”   On an exotic background, very different from the LA, or NYC one, Howard Hawks brings us this great, dangerous adventure featuring Cary Grant and Jean Arthur. Some might say this film is too old, and, unfortunately, here and there it’s true. But that doesn’t mean it is a Read more…

Community – Season II (2010)

Creator: Dan Harmon Starring: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase Genre: Comedy   “We earn the right to pick on Greendale by going there every day. Our school may be a toilet, but it’s our toilet. Nobody craps in it but us.”   The 2nd season of this great sitcom returns with more incredible episodes, and more study-group moments. This season maintains the same Read more…

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore Starring: Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Antonella Attili, Jacques Perrin, Enzo Cannavale Genre: Drama   “Life isn’t like in the movies. Life… is much harder.”   This astonishing story about friendship, cinema, love, and evolution create something I never thought was possible to display on the screen – and that is life… There are great films that present real stories with real characters, but none is like Cinema Paradiso, which became one of Read more…