All posts by dcraft9911

Freelance writer, artist, film critic working to better the world one review at a time.

Nightmare Alley

Searchlight (2021) 150 min.  R

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Screenplay: Kim Morgan & Guillermo del Toro based on William Lindsay Gresham novel

Cinematography: Dan Laustsen; Editing: Cam McLauchlin

Production Design: Tamara Deverell; Set Decorator: Shane Vieau; Costumes: Luis Sequille; Score: Nathan Johnson

Stars: Bradley Cooper (Stanton Carlisle), Cate Blanchett (Lilith Ritter), Rooney Mara (Molly Cahill), Toni Collette (Madame Zeena), Willem Dafoe (Clem Hoatley), Richard Jenkins (Ezra Grindle), David Strathairn (Pete), Ron Perlman (Bruno), Mary Steenburgen (Felicia Kimball), Mark Povinelli (Major Mosquito), Holt McCallany (Anderson), Peter MacNeill (Judge Charles Kimball), Paul Anderson (Geek #1), Clifton Collins Jr. (Funhouse Jack), Tim Blake Nelson (Carny Boss)

Continue reading Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

Netflix (2021) 126 min.  R

Director: Jane Campion

Screenplay: Jane Campion based on The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage

Cinematography: Ari Wegner; Editing: Peter Sciberras

Art Department: Grant Major & Amber Richards; Costume: Kirsty Cameron; Score: Jonny Greenwood

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch (Phil Burbank), Kirsten Dunst (Rose Gordon), Jesse Plemons (George Burbank), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Peter Gordon), Peter Carroll (Old Gent Burbank), Frances Conroy (Old Lady Burbank), Keith Carradine (Governor Edward), Thomasin McKenzie (Lola), Genevieve Lemon (Mrs. Lewis), Adam Beach (Edward Nappo) Continue reading The Power of the Dog

Antlers

Searchlight (2021) 99 min. R

Director: Scott Cooper

Screenplay: Nick Antosca, C. Henry Chaisson & Scott Cooper based on “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca

Cinematography: Florian Hoffmeister; Editing: Dylan Tichenor; Score: Javier Navarrete

Stars: Keri Russell (Julia Meadows), Jesse Plemons (Paul Meadows), Jeremy T. Thomas (Lucas Weaver), Graham Greene (Warren Stokes), Scott Haze (Frank Weaver), Rory Cochrane (Dan Lecroy), Amy Madigan (Ellen Booth), Cody Davis (Clint), Sawyer Jones (Aiden Weaver), Jake T. Roberts (forensics officer), Katelyn Peterson (Young Julia) Continue reading Antlers

Last Night in Soho

Universal (2021) 116 min. R

Director: Edgar Wright

Screenplay: Edgar Wright & Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Cinematography: Chung-hoon Chung; Editing: Paul Machliss; Score: Steven Price

Stars: Thomasin McKenzie (Ellie Turner), Anya Taylor-Joy (Sandie), Matt Smith (Jack), Michael Ajao (John), Synnøve Karlsen (Jocasta), Diana Rigg (Ms. Collins), Terence Stamp (Lindsay), Rita Tushingham (Margaret “Peggy” Turner), Sam Claflin (Punter #5), Margaret Nolan (sage barmaid), Aimeé Cassettari (Ellie’s mother), James and Oliver Phelps (cloakroom attendants) Continue reading Last Night in Soho

Time After Time

Warner Bros. (1979) 112 min. PG

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Screenplay: Nicholas Meyer based on novel by Karl Alexander

Cinematography: Paul Lohmann; Editing: Donn Cambern

Production Design: Edward C. Carfagno; Costumes: Sal Anthony & Yvonne Kubis; Score: Miklós Rózsa

Stars: Malcolm McDowell (H.G. Wells), Mary Steenburgen (Amy Robbins), David Warner (Stevensen), Charles Cioffi (Lt. Mitchell), Patti D’Arbanville (Shirley), Joseph Maher (Adams), Andonia Katsaros (Mrs. Turner), Shelley Hack (Docent), Cory Feldman (Boy at Museum) Continue reading Time After Time

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Cinétéléfilm (2020) 104 min.  NR

Director: Kaouther Ben Hania

Screenplay: Kaouther Ben Hania

Cinematography: Christopher Aoun; Editing: Marie-Hèlène Dozo; Art Department: Julien Defasque; Score: Amine Bouhafa

Stars: Yahya Mahayni (Sam Ali), Dea Liane (Abeer), Koen De Bouw (Jeffrey Godefroi), Monica Bellucci (Soraya Waldy), Saad Lostan (Ziad), Darina Al Joundi (Sam’s Mother), Christian Vadim (William, Sam’s Attorney), Jan Dahdoh (Hazem), Marc de Panda (Marc Sheen), Najoua Zouhair (Sam’s Sister), Wim Delvoye (Insurance Broker) Continue reading The Man Who Sold His Skin

Male and Female

Paramount (1919) 116 min.  NR

Director: Cecil B. DeMille

Screenplay: Jeannie Macpherson from play The Admirable Crichton by James M. Barrie

Cinematography: Alvin Wyckoff; Editing: Anne Bauchens; Production Design: WIlfred Buckland; Costumes: Paul Iribe, Mitchell Leisen & Clare West

Stars: Gloria Swanson (Lady Mary), Thomas Meighan (Crichton), Lila Lee (Tweeny), Theodore Roberts (Lord Loam), Raymond Hatton (Hon. Ernest Woolley), Mildred Reardon (Lady Agatha), Robert Cain (Lord Brockelhurst), Edmund Burns (Treherne), Rhy Darby (Lady Eileen), Mayme Kelso (Lady Brockelhurst), Julia Faye (Maid), Henry Woodward (Eileen’s Chauffeur), Bebe Daniels (King’s Favorite), Wesley Barry (Buttons) Continue reading Male and Female

Vice Versa

Two Cities Films (1948) 111 min.  NR

Director: Peter Ustinov

Screenplay: Peter Ustinov from novel by F. Anstey

Cinematography: Jack Hildyard; Editing: John D. Guthridge; Production Design: Carmen Dillon; Costumes: Nadia Benois; Score: Antony Hopkins

Stars: Roger Livesey (Paul Bultitude), Kay Walsh (Fanny Verlayne), Anthony Newley (Dick Bultitude), Petula Clark (Dulcie Grimstone), Hugh Dempster (Colonel Ambrose), David Hutcheson (Marmaduke Paradine), James Robertson Justice (Dr. Grimstone), Robert Eddison (Mr. Blinkhorn), Patricia Raine (Alice), Joan Young (Mrs. Grimstone), Ernest Jay (Bowler) Continue reading Vice Versa

They Might Be Giants

Universal (1971) 98 min. G

Director: Anthony Harvey

Screenplay: James Goldman

Cinematography: Victor J. Kemper; Editing: Gerald B. Greenberg

Production Design: John Robert Lloyd; Set Decoration: Herbert Mulligan; Costumes: Ann Roth; Score: John Barry

Stars: George C. Scott (Justin Playfair), Joanne Woodward (Dr. Mildred Watson), Jack Gilford (Peabody), Lester Rawlins (Blevins), Al Lewis (Messenger), Rue McClanahan (Daisy), Ron Weyand (Dr. Strauss), Oliver Clark (Mr. Small), Theresa Merritt (Peggy), James Tolkan (Mr. Brown), Kitty Winn (Grace), Staats Cotsworth (Winthrop), Sudie Bond (Maud), F. Murray Abraham (Clyde), Worthington Miner (Mr. Bagg), Frances Fuller (Mrs. Bagg), M. Emmet Walsh (1st Sanitation Man), Louis Zorich (2nd Sanitation Man), Paul Benedict (Chestnut Man) Continue reading They Might Be Giants

In the Heights

Warner Bros. 2021 143 min. PG-13

Director: Jon M. Chu

Screenplay: Quiara Alegria Hudes based on  play In the Heights by Quiara Alegria Hudes & Lin-Manuel Miranda

Cinematography: Alice Brooks; Editing: Myron Kerstein; Production Design: Nelson Coates; Art Direction: Brian Goodwin & Chris Shriver; Costumes: Mitchell Travers; Score: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire & Bill Sherman

Stars: Anthony Ramos (Usnavi de la Vega), Melissa Barrera (Vanessa Morales), Leslie Grace (Nina Rosario), Corey Hawkins (Benny), Olga Merediz (Abuela Claudia), Jimmy Smits (Kevin Rosario), Gregory Diaz IV (Sonny), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Daniela), Stephanie Beatriz (Carla), Dascha Polanco (Cuca), Noah Catala (Graffiti Pete), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Piragua Guy), Mateo Gomez (Alejandro), Marc Anthony (Gapo),  Olivia Perez (Iris de la Vega), Chris Jackson (Mr. Softee Truck Driver) Continue reading In the Heights

The Wolf of Snow Hollow

p2620525313Orion Classics (2020) 85 min. R

Director: Jim Cummings

Screenplay: Jim Cummings

Cinematography: Natalie Kingston; Editing: Patrick Nelson Barnes & R. Brett Thomas; Production Design: Charlie Textor; Costumes: Anna Hayes; Score: Ben Lovett

 Stars: Jim Cummings (John Marshall), Robert Forster (Sheriff Hadley), Riki Lindhome (Detective Julia Robson), Chloe East (Jenna Marshall), Jimmy Tatro (PJ Palfrey), Will Madden (Paul Carnury), Skyler Bible (Ray Guttierrez), Demetrius Daniels (Chavez), Kevin Changaris (Bo), Hannah Elder (Hannah Marten), Kelsey Edwards (Liz Fairchild), Daniel Fenton Anderson (Coroner Gary), Rachel Day (Brittany Marshall), Annie Hamilton (Brianne Paulson), Anna Sward (Carla), Chase Palmer (Brock), Howard Hong (Dave EMT), PJ McCabe (Townie), Bridge Stuart (Townie)

Continue reading The Wolf of Snow Hollow