I am a diehard Disney nerd (my euphemism for what the kids now despairingly call a "Disney Adult") and have been yearning for new Disney films during these tough pandemic times. I love the thoughtful messages contained in each story, the breathtaking animation, and the nostalgia. MULAN and SOUL held me over in 2020, and… Continue reading Movie Review: Raya and the Last Dragon
It's hard to believe that LAND, with its gorgeous cinematography and gut-wrenching story, is Robin Wright's feature film directorial debut. Of course she has directed some of the best episodes of HOUSE OF CARDS, but LAND is clearly a passion project and a film that Wright should be proud to put her name on. It is a beautiful… Continue reading Movie Review: Land
AMMONITE has been my most anticipated movie of the year and somehow it is even better than I could have hoped for. Writer-director Francis Lee shows his magnificent filmmaking talent through this masterpiece that explores the delicate complexities of love; the brilliant composition of each shot in the scene adds so much more to the… Continue reading Movie Review: Ammonite
Ever since I first saw the trailer for LET HIM GO, I held by breath that it would be a good movie worthy of Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. And...drum roll.... it is! The film is not only worthy of its lead actors, but is one of the biggest surprise hits of the year (I… Continue reading Movie Review: Let Him Go
I always hold my breath around Halloween for the inevitable mediocre scary movie release, and unfortunately COME PLAY is that movie this year. Despite a great cast, it is a disappointing horror film that leans more on cheap jump scares than it does real scares. I admittedly haven't seen LARRY, the 5 minute short this… Continue reading Movie Review: Come Play
I am a complete sucker for throwback romance films and SYLVIE'S LOVE is just the kind of movie I have been yearning for this year. I am so glad I was able to catch it virtually at the Middleburg Film Festival! Director Eugene Ashe builds the perfect 1950s/1960s atmosphere in Harlem, with dazzling (and well-researched)… Continue reading Movie Review: Sylvie’s Love
Despite COVID and social distancing, I was able to attend the *virtual* Middleburg Film Festival this year and I am happy to report that I did not see one bad movie. Bravo to all involved for making such compelling choices for the lineup. Believe me, those of us at home need the amazing content. And it… Continue reading Middleburg Film Festival Movie Review: Herself
It's hard to believe that a movie like SAVE YOURSELVES! was made before we really knew what 2020 had in store for us with COVID-19 and the great quarantine. But to put it mildly, the film is extremely prescient... especially as current events and being locked up inside has made us exceedingly conscientious about the… Continue reading Movie Review: Save Yourselves!
In a bit of a departure from regular scheduled programming about the entertainment world, I wanted to tell you about my experience with an awesome program available in most states that enables you to acquire unclaimed property (aka MONEY). I used the state of Virginia's Unclaimed Property website, so that is what I will focus… Continue reading Tips on Acquiring Your Unclaimed Money From Virginia!
THE GLORIAS, based on the incredible life of Gloria Steinem, is just as unconventional a biopic as is its subject. Directed by legendary Broadway director Julie Taymor, the film actually feels as though it could be on stage. It intimately weaves together important vignettes from Steinem's childhood through today, with four actresses playing her throughout… Continue reading Movie Review: The Glorias