Anatomy of a Toxic Relationship

Phantom Thread (2017) weaves a story of love, revenge, insanity Phantom Thread is a study on toxic relationships with a proposal on how to live with it — if you’re insane enough. Three-time Oscar Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis plays the perfectionist fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock. Set in 1950s London, heiresses and royalty come to him for their dresses. […]

Help Wanted

Kathryn Stockett’s The Help boasts humor and heartbreak Everyone has a story. Many tend to have a ready audience; others struggle to make a few listen. But some of them just don’t get to tell it at all — because society forbids it. Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help, revolves around the lives of three women in Jackson, Mississippi, […]

Pre-Watergate heroism in The Post (2017)

One of the best films on journalism and empowered women It’s wonderful how, especially in recent years, Hollywood has come to appreciate journalism as an industry, even to Oscar-award levels. In 2016, Spotlight won Best Picture. In 2018, The Post almost did. I love The Post. It’s based on the 1971 story of Katharine Graham, […]

Angels and Demons and Popes

Why Rome should be on your bucket list Recently I watched Angels and Demons (2009), Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel. It’s tolerable. Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is bland — but then we don’t really care, because Langdon isn’t the reason Angels and Demons is remarkable: it’s the fact that the story is […]

Loco over Coco (2017)

This Pixar feature is a classic Coco (2017) is certainly Pixar’s best movie. What drew me to the film is not exactly its stunning visuals, but the emotions you’ll share with the characters. Little Miguel pursues a dream that brings him to the underworld — the dream of becoming a musician and meeting his great-grandfather. He learns life […]