Hotel Mumbai (2018) – Anthony Maras

Hotel Mumbai plays out as a white knuckle thriller, made all the more breathless because it is based on an actual event. The terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008, At the story’s center is the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, the lap of luxury for its guests, with a staff that are devoted to making sure…

The Newsroom – Season 3

  I have two big problems with The Newsroom Season 3 that releases today from HBO on blu-ray and DVD. The first is that this is the last season. Boo to that! The second, is that it is only 6 episodes long. Not enough! That being said, Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant drama goes out on a…

The Newsroom: Season 2

  HBO knows how much I love my Aaron Sorkin dramas, and were kind enough to let me catch up on a Season 2 blu-ray before the third and final season (sad sigh) is released in June. So this past weekend, I settled in to watch the 9 episode season, and relive all those fantastic…

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Danny Boyle

  The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of On The Waterfront is this immensely enjoyable tale. Boyle’s kinetic, energetic film style is well-served in this film, that is a dramatic, heart-on-its-sleeve film that one 8 academy awards and that year’s ceremonies, including Best Picture, Best…

The Newsroom S02E08 – Election Night Part I

  HBO’s brilliant Aaron Sorkin drama roared back to the screen this past Sunday after a one week absence (believe me I noticed) and brought the pot to a steady and feverish boil as we follow the ACN News Night team through election night of November 8, 2012, amidst all the problems the blown story…

The Newsroom S02E06 – One Step Too Many

  Wow. What an episode, especially the last act when things really look like they are on the precipice of spinning out of control! The episode opens with the Red Team hearing about the black-op code-named Genoa. A red team’s purpose is to look at all the evidence, witness and material that has been collected,…

The Newsroom S02E04 – Unintended Consequences

  The episode’s title is completely apt this week, as we see unwanted and unexpected consequences plague the ACN team. We finally get to see what happened to Maggie (Alison Pill) in Uganda, causing her to be called back from Africa to be debriefed and under review, and it’s a little terrifying. We follow Maggie…

The Newsroom S01 E10 – The Greater Fool

How are we possibly at the end of the first season of this amazing show already? I was hooked from the get go, and not once, did Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant HBO drama steer me wrong, and it got me thinking and questioning. Even when it comes to some of my own posts. So I thank…

The Newsroom S01 E09 – The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate

Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama picks up right where least week’s ep left us hanging… in the dark. Literally. A power outage causes an interruption in the entire building, and Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) asks Mackenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) what their contingency plan is. On the fly, Emily gets the entire newsroom motivated to do a…