Tag Archives: on screen

‘A Fantastic Woman’ is a natural wonder


The Academy Award-winner is truly fantastic  Daniela Vega as Marina. By T.T. Stern-Enzi Every year, I find that somehow, no matter how carefully I plan my festival screening schedule, I wind up missing out on a gem or two in Toronto. And typically, the omissions tend to be foreign language titles. This year, I eagerly […]

Read More 0 Comments

Film Culture and Everyday Nostalgia

Story - Colin Ford - Angourie Rice

A refreshing look at memory and its meaning “Every Day” features Colin Ford as Xavier and Angourie Rice as Rhiannon By T.T. Stern-Enzi Disclaimer: This is not a review of either “Every Day” or “Nostalgia.” Instead, I’m responding to the need to explore what these two narratives made me think about and feel on some […]

Read More 0 Comments

Not the usual heat in this “Den of Thieves”

Gerard-Butler-Den-of-Thieves (inside)

Entertaining, if not always wholly original, crime drama Gerard Butler in “Den of Thieves” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Power plays rule hockey, but they also dominate the outcome in the heist genre, which, in terms of film narratives, is the very definition of blood sport. Standing at the top of my all-time list is Michael Mann’s […]

Read More 0 Comments

Love takes shape in “Call Me By Your Name”


Director Luca Guadagnino captures a life-defining moment in rich detail Timothée Chalamet (left) and Armie Hammer star in the slow-burn love story “Call Me By Your Name” By T.T. Stern-Enzi There is no way I could begin a review of Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” without owning up to my appreciation for “I […]

Read More 1 Comment

Does the ‘Last Key’ close the door in the ‘Insidious’ franchise?


The fight against the paranormal gets personal By T.T. Stern-Enzi Creators of hit franchises never know, at the very beginning, what elements will work, so decisions are made that sometimes can’t be altered without complex tinkering that defies the internal logic and mythology they are attempting to bake into their narrative worlds.  When working in […]

Read More 0 Comments

The high stakes of “Molly’s Game”

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in MOLLY'S GAME

When gambling on talent isn’t that much of a gamble at all Jessica Chastain (left) plays Molly Bloom in her new drama with Idris Elba (right) By T.T. Sterns-Enzi We’ve never seen a protagonist quite like Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), because screenwriter-director, Aaron Sorkin has never written for a female character like this. Of course, […]

Read More 0 Comments

“Downsizing” white male privilege


I’m not sure this was the intention Matt Damon (left) and Jason Sudeikis (right) in new comedy ‘Downsizing’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi   This year’s Toronto International Film Festival was likely a bit of a slog for Matt Damon. At the very least, I can say it was difficult for me to watch his pair of […]

Read More 0 Comments

Finding brilliance in ‘The Disaster Artist’


Brothers James and Dave Franco form a creative partnership onscreen Photo: Dave Franco (left) and brother James Franco (right) in their new movie ‘The Disaster Artist’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi How do you tell the story of the “best worst film of all time” without getting lost in the meta aspects of the production? Things can go […]

Read More 0 Comments

Relating the story behind ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’


How do you play the writer who rebranded the holiday spirit? Photo: Dan Stevens (left) as Charles Dickens and Christopher Plummer (right) as Ebenezer Scrooge in new holiday movie ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas” By T.T. Stern-Enzi A search on the Internet Movie Database, not surprisingly, reveals a plethora of adaptations of the Charles Dickens […]

Read More 0 Comments

‘Mudbound’ spotlights an ongoing American crisis


Indie director Dee Rees pens a lyric and complex indictment of race relations Photo: Left: Jason Mitchell and Right: Garrett Hedlund perform roles in “Mudbound” By T.T. Stern-Enzi For years now, the film industry has struggled with developing a release schedule that recognizes and accommodates the paradigm shift that has taken place in audience viewing […]

Read More 0 Comments

‘Loving Vincent’ is an ode to creative expression


A true merger of art and multiple forms used to transform biographical facts Photo: Vincent van Gogh and his paintings come to life in new movie ‘Loving Vincent’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Regular readers are  probably familiar with my bias against animated features. I am firmly and decidedly against the prevailing notion that we need more […]

Read More 0 Comments

A charming third time


‘Thor: Ragnarok’ makes the end of the world fun Photo: Chris Hemsworth as Thor in his newest movie By T.T. Stern-Enzi From the start, I’ve had problems with how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has handled the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth). The brain trust at the new comic book studio somehow dared to raise questions […]

Read More 0 Comments

‘Suburbicon’ kills its pulpy roots with epic misfire


George Clooney stirs up a hornet’s nest of racial animus for no good reason Photo: Matt Damon (left) with Noah Jupe (right) in George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ By T.T. Stern Enzi Lexington, Kentucky  native and multi-hyphenate, George Clooney, (Academy Award-nominated writer and director of “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and Best Supporting Actor winner for “Syriana”, […]

Read More 0 Comments

The White House crumbles in ‘Mark Felt’ biopic


 Peter Landesman assumes the role of chief historian again Photo: Liam Neeson plays FBI agent Mark Felt in his latest film “Mark Felt: The Man Who Took Down the White House” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Writer-director   Peter Landesman has an undeniable fascination with the stories behind the landmark headlines of our times. The filmmaker, who […]

Read More 0 Comments

Stars elevate ‘The Mountain Between Us’


Hany Abu-Assad brings this Charles Martin adult fairy tale to life Photo: Idris Elba (left) and Kate Winslet (right) survive together in ‘The Mountain Between Us’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Idris Elba has not officially been dubbed Sexiest Man Alive, by People magazine, but he’s been mentioned in the hallowed company of David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, […]

Read More 0 Comments

‘Brad’s Status’ places white male anxiety on the wait list


Writer-director Mike White toys with generational reflection and guilt Photo: Ben Stiller plays Brad in new ‘dramedy’ with Jenna Fischer and Austin Abrams By T.T. Stern-Enzi In all honesty, during my Toronto International Film Festival screening of “Brad’s Status,” the new dramedy from actor (“School of Rock”), writer (“Chuck & Buck”), and director (“Year of […]

Read More 0 Comments

Got an Opinion?


We are interested to hear what you think.  Please send us a message.  

Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

Pickup from 122617 Dayton City Paper canstockphoto19090062

Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]