“The Power of Dog” : Film Review Podcast

Posted: December 8th, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast | 2 Comments »

This Jane Campion written and directed drama is, ladies and gentlemen, a whole lot of motion picture.

Set on a cattle ranch in the Big Sky Country of Montana in 1925, it features an eminent cast starring Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kodi Smith-McPhee,

Two very different brothers own that sprawling ranch. One is a truly nasty and acerbic fellow. The other, quiet, decorous. The latter takes a wife, who with her son, moves into the Victorian manse on the ranch, where the brothers live.

Significant tensions ensue. All instigated by the anger of Cumberbatch’s character toward all.

The visually sumptuous film patiently reveals the reason for the interpersonal dynamics.

The ending will surprise.

It is a powerful film, one of the best and one of my favorites of the year.

It’s no longer showing on a big screen in Louisville, but can be streamed on Netflix.

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— c d kaplan


“Get Back”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: December 3rd, 2021 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast, Music | No Comments »

Before diving into this, one must ask him/herself, do I really wish to spend 8 hours in the recording studio with the Beatles?

Do I want to watch the dynamic of the world’s best and easily most famous pop band, as they interact while disintegrating?

Do I wish to view the laborious process that goes into creating a song, like, oh, “Get Back?” Or how “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” came about?

Do I want to note Yoko Ono’s everpresence and wonder whaaaaaa?

Do I want to watch the fellows in fur jackets sit around and smoke, and argue in an understated way, or frolic about . . . or just exist?

Well, I’m an addict for rock & roll anecdotia. I watched it all.

But, to be blunt, found some of it to be tedious.

For more about the three part, Peter Jackson-directed series on Disney+, listen to my podcast below. Which is actually more informative than usual. Or, so I say.

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— c d kaplan


“Red Notice”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: November 23rd, 2021 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

Everything you need to know about “Red Notice,” a glossy, action adventure heist flick, you can learn from my podcast below.

OK, a little more info.

Gal Gadot plays either the world’s most notorious art thief, or the second most notorious.

Ryan Reynolds plays the other, who is either #1 or #2 on the Interpol Top 10.

Dwayne Johnson plays a US agent of some ilk, chasing after them.

Perilous escapes, glamorous locales, snarky one-liners are included.

Alright then, now, for more complete info and my take, listen below:

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— c d kaplan


“The Shrink Next Door”: TV Review/ Podcast

Posted: November 16th, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

I was drawn into this eight part Apple TV+ mini-series by the three principal actors.

Will Ferrell. Kathryn Hahn. Paul Rudd.

Favorites all.

But, warning, this is not a comedy.

It is, truth be told, based on a real life situation. In which a NYC psychiatrist, under the cover of therapy, took over a patient’s business and personal life. Including his home.

What do I think of this series?

Thought you’d never ask.

The answer is to be discovered in my podcast below:

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— c d kaplan


“The Paper Chase”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: November 7th, 2021 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

I’d long forgotten that when I was in law school decades ago, one of my favorite classes, with my favorite professor, was Contracts.

Which came to mind after somebody’s comment on an internet thread led me to rewatch the 1973 movie, “The Paper Chase.”

In which Timothy Bottoms plays a bright and earnest freshman at Harvard Law.

And John Houseman plays his imperious Contracts professor.

Also about as Bottoms’ love interest is Lindsay Wagner. Who, in the movie, happens to be said professor”s daughter.

For more details, and my take on the movie, listen to the podcast below:

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— c d kaplan


“The French Dispatch”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: November 1st, 2021 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

There are certain directors whose films I always anticipate seeing, and do go see.

Wes Anderson is one of them.

To be honest, some of his movie leave me cold. But they are always interesting. Quirky. Full of snark.

And, visually unique in Anderson’s peculiar style.

“The French Dispatch” is his latest. It’s showing in theaters now.

It’s about a fictional literary magazine, centered in a fictional French town, which is oh so cleverly named Ennui sur Blasé.

The cast is Top Shelf. Too many to name here, though I do so in my podcast.

(It does include Tilda Swinton, whose last name I mangle in my recording. Sorry.)

What do I think about the movie?

Ah, here’s the rub. You gotta listen to the podcast below:

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“The Velvet Underground”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: October 19th, 2021 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast, Music | No Comments »

To be honest, I was somewhat taken aback a few years ago when Lou Reed passed away.

There was a far greater outpouring of mainstream grief than I would have ever expected.

His music, dark and emotive and poetic, had obviously struck more of a chord than I imagined.

As aware as I have been of the Velvet Underground, I have to admit an unfamiliarity with most of the band’s output.

Yet, I’ve always understood the importance of the group that germinated in the avant garde art scene of Manhattan in the 60s.

Director Todd Haynes beautifully lays out the whole fascinating tale in his marvelous documentary, “The Velvet Underground.”

It’s available for streaming at Apple TV+.

For a more detailed take on the film, listen to my podcast below:

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“Hacks”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: October 5th, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

I’m a man of serious likes and dislikes. And strong, not easily swayed opinions about same.

So, when I noticed that another TV series slithered away with a couple comedy Emmys that might have gone to my beloved “Ted Lasso,” I had to take notice.

HBO Max’s “Hacks” focuses on an aging comedian of long standing residency at a hotel/ casino in Vegas. To freshen her material, prolong her career, she hires a twentysomething, out of work writer.

Jean Smart is the former. Hannah Einbinder, the latter.

Both have anger issues. They don’t become besties. From such tension, dark humor springs forth.

The series is worthy.

For significantly more detail, listen to my podcast below. (Ignore my mention that it’s set in Hollywood. I had a brain fart. It’s Las Vegas.)

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“Scenes From A Marriage”: TV Review Podcast

Posted: September 28th, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | 1 Comment »

I never particularly liked Ingmar Bergman’s “Scenes From A Marriage,” which hit America in the mid 1970s.

OK, that’s a lie.

I loathed it. Considered it the most boring thing I’d ever seen.

That grisly memory notwithstanding, I was intrigued by HBO’s limited series remake.

It stars Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac.

What’s my take on the TV redux?

Ah, here’s the rub. You have to listen to my podcast below to find out.

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“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: September 20th, 2021 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

I must admit.

In the early days of cable, when surfing about was new and exciting, I’d always linger for a bit at the PTL Network.

Just to see what that Love Couple of Lord, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, was up to.

Trying to slip their hands into pocketbooks and old coffee cans of acolytes all across the land mostly.

Jim Bakker, was and remains, even after a stint in the Federal pen, a huckster of the highest order.

Tammy Faye, the focus of this theatrical release, a more compelling study.

Jessica Chastain gives an award worthy portrayal of the Mrs.

For more insight and details about “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” listen to my podcast below:

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“That Man From Rio”: Film Review/ Podcast

Posted: September 14th, 2021 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

So, who is on your list of the coolest dudes ever to appear on the Silver Screen?

Cary Grant? Of course, in that suave sort of way.

Paul Newman? I’ve seen women melt at the mere mention of his blue eyes.

Steve McQueen? Oh yeah. Even if he was in “The Blob.” Or, maybe, because he was.

And, one guy’s opinion, Jean-Paul Belmondo.

The dude had it.

He passed away last week.

So, I wanted to watch at least one of his films. Which I have, “That Man From Rio.” And hope to savor more.

Did the ’64 action/ adventure hold up, after all these decades. Was Belmondo as danged hip as I remember?

Bonus Tease: What’s Steven Spielberg’s connection to the French film?

All is revealed in my podcast below:

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Only Murders in the Building: TV Review/ Podcast

Posted: September 9th, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | 1 Comment »

So Steve Martin’s, Martin Short’s and Selena Gomez’s characters live in one of those hotsy totsy NYC co-ops. Upper East Side, Upper West Side, uh, not sure.

Anyway, they’re not very friendly to each other, hardly know each other.

Then, a fellow resident dies. Police rule it a suicide.

In the aftermath, the trio learn of their shared affinity for a crime podcast.

They believe the death to be a murder. So, amateur sleuths, together now they investigate on their own.

Then, start their own podcast.

That’s the set up to this new Hulu streaming series. It’s four episodes in. New ones drop on Tuesdays.

My take.

This is where you’ll need to listen to my podcast review. The link is just below.

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