“Deep Water: Film Review Podcast

Posted: March 22nd, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are man and wife.

They live in the rich uptown part of New Orleans.

They have a young daughter.

Whom mom pretty much ignores.

Because mom sleeps around. A lot.

Hubby knows. She knows he knows. Their friends know. They know their friends know.

How does it play out?

Well, for more on the movie, listen to my podcast below.

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“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: March 17th, 2022 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

I love little diversions.

Something I can watch in less than a half hour.

Something that entertains.

Funny helps.

Illuminating adds value.

Top o’ that heap: The Jerry Seinfeld joint: “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

It’s not always comics he has a cup and nosh with.

As you can see from the photo, he also did one with the president. They couldn’t drive off the White House property.

For more info about this boffo series, listen to my podcast below:

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“Godfather III”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: March 10th, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

OK, first of all, the third and far less well regarded of Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic trilogy has been renamed.

Because of criticism, awhile ago Coppola reedited the film, and renamed it, “Coda: The Godfather – The Death of Michael Corleone.”

Or something unwieldy like that.

Why did I go watch it?

Because March 15 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “The Godfather,” which, along with its sequel from a couple years later is considered among the best movies ever created. Justifiably so.

But I wanted to revisit III, or whatever it’s called now, for a possible reassessment.

It’s available at Amazon Prime.

All is revealed in the podcast below:

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“Inventing Anna”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: March 3rd, 2022 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

Oh how I adore a zesty scam tale.

Especially when it really happened.

So, I took a deep dive into the Netflix mini-series, “Inventing Anna.”

Which is about the fascinating scam perpetrated by a twentysomehing Russian woman, who move to NYC, passing herself off as a German heiress.

Her alleged plan was to build some sort of art foundation/ chi chi private club/ hotel complex in an iconic NYC building.

A lot of people fell prey to Anna Sorokin’s manipulations. Such that she ended up convicted of several counts of fraud, and ended up in prison.

For further details about the series, and why you should watch, listen to my podcast below:

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“Pass The Ball”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: February 23rd, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

Here’s the oh so unique deal with this week’s film.

My podcast is twice as long as the two minute thirty eight second animation, “Pass The Ball.”

Since I’ve never really reviewed a film this short, it’s gotta be pretty cool, right? Have a great back story, yes?



Hint: It was created by forty animators from countries around the world, and took over three years to complete.


I sure hope so.

Click here to watch the video.

But listen to podcast below first to find out why:

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— c d kaplan

“On The Rocks”: Film Review/ Podcast

Posted: February 19th, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

They have collaborated before.

To some effect.

And, here they go again.

Talking about director Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray.

This time Rashida Jones is the younger woman paired with Murray.

Jones plays Murray’s daughter. She is married to Marlon Wayans, and has a couple oh so so so cute movie kids.

She is getting hints that hubby might be cheating on her.

Dad’s a smidge overbearing, and gets involved.

The other character is glossy NYC, in the land of the well off and artistic.

For more info, and the extent of my pleasure with this film (streaming at Apple TV+), listen to the incisive podcast below:

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“tick, tick . . . Boom”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: February 10th, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

Rare is the film, given my obsessiveness and time in front of the screen, that I see a film knowing nothing about it.

Yet, such was the case with this bio movie musical starring Andrew Garfield, who has justifiably been nominated for a Best Actor statuette.

Here he portrays the sadly departed Jonathon Larson, the creator of “Rent,” which those really in the know believe to have been groundbreaking musical theater.

The unbelievably well-edited movie is directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, for whom Larson was an idol of sorts.

“tick, tick . . . Boom” is full of energy from the start.

I was mesmerized.

For more reasons why I highly recommend this movie, listen to my podcast below:

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“Greener Pastures”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: February 1st, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

So my main purpose here is to hip you to the annual Louisville Jewish Film Festival, which is, thank you Omicron for better or worse, virtual again this year.

Meaning you can view these intriguing films in the comfort of your own home. So, that’s cool.

Which Dov, the centerpiece of “Greener Pastures,” cannot do, because he’s living in a retirement community, after his pension fund went belly up, and he has no money to buy back his home, which he desperately desires to do.

Then he hatches a plot to sell marijuana, available sorta easily to seniors in Israel, and earn the moolah necessary.

Of course, impediments present themselves as the plan unfolds.

You can learn all the details about the festival itself by clicking on this link.

You can learn more details about “Greener Pastures” by listening to my podcast below:

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“Wild Rose”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: January 27th, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

Rose-Lynn (Marvelous Jessie Buckley) spent a year in jail.

Which didn’t diminish in the least her desire to move to Nashville, and become a country music star. She’s got a great voice, but . . .

. . . she lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

. . . she has two kids, who have been living with her disapproving mother (Julie Waters).

. . . her irresponsibility keeps getting in her way.

It’s a story that could have been really trite, but thanks to Nicole Taylor’s screenplay, Tom Harper’s direction, and especially the performance of up and comer supreme Ms. Buckley, this small film really works.

For more info, listen to my podcast below:

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“Clickbait”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: January 21st, 2022 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, Streaming, TV | No Comments »


There I went. Getting sucked in again to a streaming series on Netflix.

It’s past bedtime. I know, but, OK, one more.

It’s way way way past bedtime. Really, Chuck, just one more then I’ll hit the hay.

“Clickbait” is an eight part series on Netflix. Which I powerwatched in less than 48 hours.

Not that it’s the greatest thing since “The Wire.” But, because I have the time. And it’s more than reasonably compelling and well done, somewhat uniquely.

A well liked physical therapist for a volleyball team doesn’t show up for work.

Then a video of him being held captive lands on the interweb. He’s holding a sign that says, “At 5 Million Views I Die.”

A frantic search for the fellow, and his captors ensues.

Of course, the video goes viral, soon surpassing that number.

Eight episodes, more than a few McGuffins later, and we find out what happened to him, if anything — This is a no spoiler zone — and who is responsible.

My podcast/ review actually contains significantly more information. You can listen below:

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“Belfast”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: January 14th, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

It is not unusual for folks visiting the neighborhood of their adolescence to conjure up visions from that time.

Memories sweet and sour.

Play pals. Incidents. Arguments. Ball games. First kiss.

The spot where you played pitch and catch with your dad. The grandfather of a buddy who had the coldest glass of water you ever tasted.

If you’re a filmmaker with the leverage of Kenneth Branagh, you get to make a film about it.

“Belfast” is the story, told mostly in black and white, of his neighborhood in 1969, at the beginning of the Protestant vs. Catholic turmoil.

For more insight, and my take on the movie, which is beloved by many, listen to the podcast below.

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“The Lost Daughter”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: January 5th, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | 2 Comments »

I am an admirer of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s acting.

Even more so perhaps, the bold and courageous choices she’s made throughout her career in the films and part she chooses.

“Secretary” and “42d Street” immediately come to mind. But there are others.

So, I am not surprised in her first foray into the director/ screenwriter’s chair, she would choose difficult, disturbing subject matter.

“The Lost Daughter,” streaming on Netflix, takes a look at motherhood and careers, sometime out of balance. How choices have to be made by good women, good mothers, caring women, feeling a compulsion to escape.

The movie features Olivia Coleman as Leda, a fortysomething professor on solo vacation in the Greek Isles. Looking for solitude. That is shattered by visions from her mothering past instigated by her interaction with a younger woman, struggling with motherhood. (Dakota Johnson)

In flashbacks, star on the rise Jesse Buckley plays Leda, trying to cope with her two adolescent daughters, and a burgeoning academic career.

For more info and insight on this excellent adult drama, listen to my podcast below.

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