My Favorite Scene: Singin’ in the Rain (1952) “Singing and Dancing in the Rain”

This is simply one of the most joyful scenes in movie history, and the signature moment in Gene Kelly’s career. Kelly was truly an actor who lived in the right age-the golden age of musicals- that showcased the breadth of his talent.  In today’s Hollywood, I don’t think anyone would know what to do with him. he’d likely be on Broadway rather than in films.  I love this scene.  This is a go-to scene when I need a pick me up, and it always leaves a smile on my face. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Singin’ in the Rain (1952) “Singing and Dancing in the Rain”

Movie Review: The Arrival (2016) “Another Villeneuve Masterpiece”

The Arrival, Amy Adams
I think that The Arrival will be the movie that finally puts Denis Villeneuve on the map as one of the best directors in Hollywood (if Sicario hadn’t already).  The alien visitation plot is something that’s been done a million times in a million ways in science fiction, but Villeneuve finds a way to take a fresh approach; focusing on communication between the species, the differences in perception two completely separate species would encounter about self, about family, and about time.  Alien obelisks have landed all over the globe causing panic.  Amy Adams does her normal stellar job playing a linguist brought in to try to communicate with them to see what they want and why they’re here.  That’s all you’re getting on plot, because if you’re a fan of Villeneuve, you know there’s usually an “O.Henry” moment (the author not the candy bar, people)  of plot pay-off that knocks you on your flat on your butt. Continue reading Movie Review: The Arrival (2016) “Another Villeneuve Masterpiece”