Netflix’ Outlaw King: Battle, Betrayal and the Body’s True Beauty

Give me swords clashing and chail mail flashing.  Bloody battles and medieval mystery have captivated my imagination ever since my grandmother refashioned Idylls of the King and Ivanhoe as bedtime stories for my brothers and me. Give me a just cause and an undying love and impossible odds.  Give me legend.  Give me history. Give me heroes … Continue reading Netflix’ Outlaw King: Battle, Betrayal and the Body’s True Beauty

Emily Blunt Offers a Stunning Portrait of Womanhood in Krasinski’s A Quiet Place

"Come a little bit closer, hear what I have to say." I'll never hear Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" again without recalling the scene in John Krasinski's thriller A Quiet Place when Evelyn Abbot, heavily pregnant and beautifully draped in a blue summer dress, descends basement stairs in bare feet and draws her husband away from the work … Continue reading Emily Blunt Offers a Stunning Portrait of Womanhood in Krasinski’s A Quiet Place

Scorsese’s Silence: A Four-Question Examination of Conscience

Anyone who missed Martin Scorsese's big-screen interpretation of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence hasn't had much of a wait for its video release. Having read the haunting novel several years ago, I jumped at the chance to experience the screen version when SILENCE appeared on the marquee of my small-town theater during Lent. I knew its dark … Continue reading Scorsese’s Silence: A Four-Question Examination of Conscience

Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves

The late actor John Candy has given us some of the most endearing talkative characters in comedy. Candy had a wonderful way of rendering his subjects as so annoying we'd probably avoid them if we met them in real life, yet he'd gradually reveal a humble, heart-of-gold side of the men he played, the side … Continue reading Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves