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…

December 31, 2020

Film Review – The Bucket List

Directed: Rob Reiner Writer: Justin Zackham Starring: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes  Tagline: “Find the joy” Trivia: The clip of Jeopardy! (1984) that Carter is seen watching […]
December 24, 2020

Film Review – About Time

Directed: Richard Curtis Writer: Richard Curtis Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy | Tagline: “What if every moment in life came with a second chance?” Trivia: The scenes […]
December 8, 2020

Film Review – The Nice Guys

Directed: Shane Black Writer: Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice  Tagline: “They’re not that nice” Trivia: The signage at the fuel station showing […]
December 1, 2020

Film Review – The Bookshop

Directed: Isabel Coixet Writer: Isabel Coixet (screenplay),  Penelope Fitzgerald (Novel) Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson Tagline: “A town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always […]
November 24, 2020

Film Review – Holiday in the Wild

Directed: Ernie Barbarash Writer: Neal H. Dobrofsky, Tippi Dobrofsky Starring: Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis, Fezile Mpela  Trivia: The film spend four years in development, as Kristin Davis wanted to secure […]
November 19, 2020

Film Review – Knight & Day

Directed: James Mangold Writer: Patrick O’Neill Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard  Tagline: “ She met him on a plane. He’ll take her for a ride” Trivia: The […]
November 10, 2020

Film Review – Dear Frankie

Directed: Shona Auerbach Writer:  Andrea Gibb  Starring:  Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Gerard Butler Trivia: The song that plays while Lizzie is sitting on a bench crying after a […]
November 3, 2020

Film Review – The Alibi (Lies & Alibis)

Directed: Matt Checkowski, Kurt Mattila Writer: Noah Hawley Starring: Steve Coogan, Rebecca Romijn, Sam Elliott Tagline: “You Cheat. We Lie.” Trivia: This film’s screenplay was the very […]
October 27, 2020

Film Review – Saving Face

Directed: Alice Wu Writer: Alice Wu Starring: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen  Tagline: “A romantic comedy about right, wrong and everything in between.” Trivia: Ma is 48 […]
October 20, 2020

Film Review – Last Holiday

Directed: Wayne Wang Writer: Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, J.B. Priestley (1950 screenplay) Starring: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton  Tagline: “Enjoy yourself . . . It […]
October 13, 2020

TV Review – The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel – Season 3

Creator: Amy Sherman-Palladino Writer: Amy Sherman-Palladino & more Starring: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen  Trivia: The opening episode of season 3 Takes place somewhere around Christmas in […]
October 6, 2020

Film Review – Breathe

Directed: Andy Serkis Writer: William Nicholson  Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville  Tagline: “With Her Love, He Lived” Trivia: Three wheelchairs were made by Teddy Hall, he […]
September 29, 2020

Film Review – Salt

Directed: Phillip Noyce Writer: Kurt Wimmer Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor  Tagline: “Salt Will Not Be Stopped” Trivia: When the police first burst into Salt’s apartment, […]
September 22, 2020

Film Review – Molly’s Game

Directed: Aaron Sorkin Writer: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Molly Bloom (book) Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner | Tagline: “ Deal with her” Trivia: Molly says that the center of […]
September 15, 2020

Film Review – Dumplin’

Directed: Anne Fletcher Writer: Kristin Hahn (screenplay), Julie Murphy (novel) Starring: Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush  Tagline: “Find out who you are and do it on purpose” Trivia: The producers […]