THE HAWAII FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2021 LIST

THE HAWAII FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2021 LIST: BEST PICTURE: Last Night in Soho  BEST DIRECTOR: Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley BEST ACTOR: Nicolas Cage, Pig  BEST ACTRESS: Kristen Stewart, Spencer  BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Troy Kotsur, CODA  BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Marlee Matlin, CODA BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Kenneth Branagh, Belfast  BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Sian Heder, CODA (based on the motion picture “La Famille Belier”) BEST… Continue reading THE HAWAII FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2021 LIST

HFCS 2021 Nominations List

BEST PICTURE: Belfast  Last Night in Soho  CODA  Mass  The Power of the Dog  BEST DIRECTOR: Guillermo Del Toro, Nightmare Alley Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings  Kenneth Branagh, Belfast  Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog  Sian Heder, CODA  BEST ACTOR: Nicolas Cage, Pig  Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of… Continue reading HFCS 2021 Nominations List

Water Like Fire

When we meet Chanel (played by Taiana Tully), the lead of “Water Like Fire,” she is striving to get through each day and nurture an inner healing that needs to take place. Not only is Chanel carrying the weight of losing both her parents, her brother Caleb (played by Randall Galius Jr.) is a drug… Continue reading Water Like Fire

Let Him Go

Kevin Costner and Diane Lane star as George and Margaret Blackledge, an older couple who are coping with a sudden tragedy. When their eldest son dies, their widowed daughter-in-law remarries an abusive lout, who unexpectedly moves her and his young stepson out of state. Ma and Pa Blackledge, who have an extreme affection for their… Continue reading Let Him Go

Antebellum

“Antebellum,” the racially charged horror film from writer/directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, opens with this quote from William Faulkner: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Then we see a traveling shot, done in one take, in which the camera covers the daily operations taking place on a vast slave plantation. We… Continue reading Antebellum

Bill and Ted Face the Music

Bill S. Preston, Esquire (played by Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (played by Keanu Reeves) are back. Twenty-five years later, two of the dumbest high school students from San Dimas, California, who became time travelers and saviors of mankind, are now middle aged. They have yet to create the song that was going to… Continue reading Bill and Ted Face the Music

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

As with every “Star Wars” review I write, this will be mostly spoiler-free, though I’ve rarely composed a critique of an installment from this franchise that is also so enthusiasm-free.  Speaking of spoiler, the opening crawl (the BIG WORDS that slowly inch up the screen, filling us in on the story, while John Williams’ glorious… Continue reading Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Cats

When I was 7-years old, my father took me to see my first Broadway musical, which was “Cats.” It was 1985, I was living in Riverdale, New Jersey at the time and, like many kids my age, was aware that the Andrew Lloyd Webber-penned production (based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot) was the top… Continue reading Cats

Richard Jewell

In a very short amount of time, director Clint Eastwood’s new film, “Richard Jewell,” has gone from being one of the year’s eagerly anticipated adult dramas to the most controversial film of 2019. To get right to the point, the controversy is merited, as the film is imperfect in some ways but don’t let the… Continue reading Richard Jewell

The Irishman

In the introductory moments of “The Irishman,” the camera enters the film through a box-like entrance, possibly a camera-like peep hole but more than likely a coffin shaped viewpoint that signifies the overlying theme of the film. Sure enough, the opening is set in a retirement home, as James “The Irishman” Sheeran (played by Robert… Continue reading The Irishman