Film & Book Reviews

All my role models for how to live my life or how to be a woman in the world came from fictitious women, women who I adored and hoped that I would grow up and be like them. Women like (and please don’t laugh…) – Ann of Green Gables, Pollyanna, Jo March (Little Women) and… Scarlet O’hara.

I know, I know, its ridiculous that a girl growing up in the early ’60 in Israel would find role models in girls and women, who most of them lived in the 19th century in the USA, but what can I do, that’s how addicted I was to books.

For me books were my friends, teachers and the world I lived in. I used to say – Friends can betray you, but not books.

I grew up in a small village where the main attraction was the cinema. My grandfather was addicted to the silver screen. That small cinema would be his escape from his hard and demanding life as a farmer. He would go to the cinema 3 or 4 times a week and would take me with him.

Do you remember the amazing movie “Cinema Paradiso”?, well, that was my world. The movies that my grandfather and me saw would not have been called even B-Movie and in many times would tear in the middle of the screening, but for us it was … MAGIC . This was my initiation into the world of movies.

Since then a lot has changed, but one thing remained, I’m still addicted to books and movies (less to TV even though today TV has started producing some great movies), but I’m still “old school” so films whether on DVD or streaming is my favorite way of spending an evening or a weekend (double-feature).

I was inspired by Dave Backer and his monumental challenge of reviewing 2,500 movies to start reviewing the DVD and Blue-ray collection we have at home. That would not break his record for sure, but would certainly account for a share amount of cinema fanatics.

From time to time I would also add my book reviews of the latest books I’ve read. I’ve been reading a book per week, for the last 45 years, so I guess that would match up for his record, but to be honest, many of them were professional books, so I would skip those and only stick with the non-fiction.

There is no order or logic to the film I review, it’s simply what felt right for my hubby and me that evening to watch. I’ll try and guess what would have been the tagline for the movie and then include a brief synopsis of the movie, finally I will add a paragraph or two on my reaction to the film. The standard “What I liked about it”, and “What I think could have been improved”.

I welcome each and every one of you to leave a comment on what you thought about the movie, if you saw it, or whether you would be watching it, if you hadn’t seen it yet.

So, without further adieu… Let the journey begin…

May 26, 2020

Film Review – Charlie Bartlett

Directed: Jon Poll Writer: Gustin Nash Starring: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis  Tagline: “Popularity is a state of mind” Trivia: Charlie’s limo is a classic 1969 […]
May 19, 2020

Film Review – Dolemite is My Name

Directed: Craig Brewer Writer: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski Starring: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps Tagline: “Make your own legend” Trivia: Eddie Murphy is a huge fan of Wesley Snipes, and […]
May 12, 2020

Film Review – Vice

Directed: Adam McKay Writer: Adam McKay Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell  Tagline: “Power is one hell of a vice” Trivia: This is the first movie in […]
May 5, 2020

Film Review – Their Finest

Directed: Lone Scherfig Writer:  Lissa Evans (Story), Gaby Chiappe (screenplay) Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy  Tagline: “The spirit of the nation is in her hands” Trivia: When Tom Buckley […]
April 28, 2020

Film Review – What We Did On Our Holiday

Director: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin Writer: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin Starring: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly  Tagline: “Not your usual family vacation” Trivia: The kilt that Ben Miller wears […]
April 21, 2020

TV Review – Good Omens

Creators: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett Writer: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett Starring: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Frances McDormand  Tagline: “The end is nigh” Trivia: Most music throughout the series is from Queen. […]
April 14, 2020

Film Review – The Big Wedding

Directed: Justin Zackham Writer: Justin Zackham; Jean-Stéphane Bron (French version) Starring: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon Tagline: “It’s never too late to start acting like a […]
April 7, 2020

Film Review – Stan & Ollie

Directed: Jon S. Baird Writer: Jeff Pope, ‘A.J.’ Marriot  Starring: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson  Tagline: “The untold story of the world’s greatest comedy act.” Trivia: The […]
March 31, 2020

Film Review – Mr. Church

Directed: Bruce Beresford Writer: Susan McMartin Starring: Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Natascha McElhone  Tagline: “He was the one person she could always count on.” Trivia: The two books […]
March 31, 2020

Film Review – Britanny Runs a Marathon

Directed: Paul Downs Colaizzo Writer: Paul Downs Colaizzo Starring: Jillian Bell, Jennifer Dundas, Patch Darragh  Tagline: “You can’t rush progress.” Trivia: The cast and crew actually got to […]
March 24, 2020

TV Review – Jane The Virgin

Creator: Jennie Snyder Urman Writer: Jennie Snyder Urman, Perla Farías, Carolina Rivera & more Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas  Tagline: “What’s a virgin mother to do?” […]
March 17, 2020

Film Review – The Children Act

Directed: Richard Eyre Writer: Ian McEwan Starring: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin Tagline: “We all make choices. Hers make history.” Trivia: The production was allowed to film […]
March 10, 2020

TV Review – For All Mankind

Creators: Ronald D. Moore, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert Writer: Ronald D. Moore, Ben Nedivi, Stephanie Shannon & more Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones  Tagline: “What-If the Soviet landed first […]
March 3, 2020

TV Review – The Morning Show

Creators: Jay Carson; Kerry Ehrin Writer: Jay Carson; Kerry Ehrin; Jeff Augustin and more… Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crudup, Steve Carell Tagline: “The news is only […]
February 25, 2020

Film Review – Rocketman

Directed:  Dexter Fletcher Writer: Lee Hall Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden  Tagline: “The Only Way to Tell His Story is to live His Fantasy.” Trivia: Taron […]