By Marc S. Sanders Often, coming-of-age stories are narrated through the eyes of the child on the cusp of becoming a teenager or a grown up.  It’s important you realize that I say through the eyes, however.  It’s what the protagonist observes that allows him or her to appreciate, and comprehend.  Steven Spielberg will tell … Continue reading THE FABELMANS


by Miguel E. Rodriguez Director: Joachim TrierCast: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert NordrumMy Rating: 9/10Rotten Tomatometer: 96% Certified Fresh FreshEveryone’s a Critic Category: “Watch a Film with Subtitles” PLOT: The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie (Renate Reinsve), a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and … Continue reading THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (Norway, 2021)


By Marc S. Sanders There’s something inviting – or maybe intriguing – about seeing a person in a hat with a dark trench coat on.  Just the person’s silhouette will leave you asking for more.  What is it to this guy?  Steven Spielberg does that in the first few minutes with Indiana Jones in Raiders … Continue reading THE USUAL SUSPECTS


By Marc S. Sanders To watch Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation from 1974 is to feel the paranoia of what Harry Caul, the protagonist played by Gene Hackman, endlessly feels as a surveillance expert. Harry is so skillful at his job and yet so modest, that he only believes someone may actually be better. Even … Continue reading THE CONVERSATION

BULLITT (1968)

By Marc S. Sanders The car chase with the movie attached to it is Bullitt from 1968, directed by Peter Yates, featuring Steve McQueen in the title role.  Why do I phrase it that way?  Well, as far as I can tell in the three or four times that I’ve seen the movie, the main … Continue reading BULLITT (1968)


By Marc S. Sanders Marvel does it right.  DC doesn’t.  Black Panther: Wakanda Forever  is not a perfect film, but it’s not Black Adam.  The latest Marvel production offers sharp visual effects and action scenes, along with thought provoking moments that reflect on loss.  Black Adam offers a crusty, yellow lightning bolt on the chest … Continue reading BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER


By Marc S. Sanders The characters in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross are under terrible pressure.  They are salesmen who are consistently chasing insurmountable sales goals in real estate properties.  One of them has an ill daughter in the hospital.  Another has a temptation to rob his office as a means of earning some fast … Continue reading GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

Q & A

By Marc S. Sanders Sidney Lumet is a favorite director of mine.  Maybe it’s because I simply get caught up in good crime dramas and legal thrillers, like Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, and The Verdict.  Maybe it’s because I appreciate the genuineness of Lumet’s technique.  The man’s career seems to follow a documentarian … Continue reading Q & A


By Marc S. Sanders Finally, I saw it.  I had never seen any of the Halloween movies.  At last, considering the time of the year, I chose to watch the original John Carpenter classic slash fest from 1978.  Granted, I believe I have seen every scene of this picture by flipping channels or watching Netflix … Continue reading HALLOWEEN (1978)


By Marc S. Sanders Two years after my family and I moved from New Jersey to Florida, I was age 16 and still felt lonely. Very lonely.  I was not prepared for the culture shock of leaving a primarily Jewish community and transitioning into a mixed bag of different cultures and mentalities.  I couldn’t adjust … Continue reading WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…


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