My thing about film directors and the “auteur” theory

Peter BergThis is former actor, former director, writer and now uberproducer Peter Berg. I first saw him in “The Last Seduction” with Bill Pullman and Linda Fiorentino, both people deserving of work and hardly ever working. But Peter Berg, first in Chicago Hope, then off to “Friday Night Lights” a producer/director job with Interscope….he’s developed some really interesting work over his career and does delightful cameos in his stuff. Right now he’s playing the Miami Dolphins owner in “ballers.” I follow this guy around like crazy.

Other directors who put the ‘auteur’ stamp on their work

the late Robert Altman

Quentin Tarantino

Ingmar Bergman

Oliver Stone

and so forth. Often you can judge if a movie is good by who produced or directed it. This is my theory.

Boycott of the Boycott of The Pink Beverly Hills Hotel, also, Warren Beatty sighting @ ‘Polo Lounge’

This is NOT an April fools day story. It’s true.

 

beverlyhillshotel When I lived in LA and needed something to life my spirits I’d go to lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

It’s clearly visible On Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood/Beverly Hills border there lies a Magnificent Hotel. It’s most famous for people like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton checking in for a week and eating and drinking and ____________themselves silly or it’s “Polo Lounge,” where you used to see superagent and movie star or producer power brokering and the packaging of talent. The hotel also has a hell of a cobb salad. Total landmark. The most elegant Spanish architechture I’ve ever seen. At one point, I think durng the 80’s it fell into massive disrepair and the Sultan of Brunei bought it. A few years ago, in response to human rights issues with the Sultan and his cronies, all of Hollywood just stopped going there. It made all the magazines but of course it changed nothing in Brunei. But now, the stars, agents, they are going back there. I read that Warren Beatty was there and he’d just shot a new movie.  I thought he was under a rock somewhere and retired, like Jack Nicholson is rumored to be.

 

Catastrophic level of Traffic for many reasons, Margaritaville resort being just one

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It’s so bad I even read the newspaper in traffic. I have low back problems and after sitting in the chair writing, I get up to get moving, get out of the house, try to get distracted (this is after all my pilates mat, hamstring stretching, deep breathing and mindfulness meditation) I get in my car and boom, it’s a bottleneck, everwhere. I live on the coastal road, “Ocean Drive” and There’s a brand new Jimmy Buffet “Margaritaville” resort in what used to be our town square, main access to the beach and on the beach concert hall. New highrises have risen. It’s tourist season. It’s raining. But worse, there is construction everywhere. Why during tourist season? Because during hurricane season it wouldn’t be convenient for them. I wish every decision in life was that easy.margaritaville

CEO of embattled Valeant Pharmaceuticals Taking a Time Out

It’s been a tough year for Michael and Ackerman of Pershing,  the hedge fund Valeant merged with. They both lost credibility, dignity and cold hard cash. Bummer.

The man at the helm of the embattled Valeant Pharmaceuticals, CEO Michael Pearson, has a case of pneumonia so severe that he’s temporarily (or is it permanent?) stepped down to recover.

What a tough year it’s been for him.

Pop Quiz:

Is Valeant most famous for:

A. Raising the price on old generics by reclassifying them as ‘orphan,’ under the “Orphan Drug Act?”

B. The scandal that ensued when their price protecting relationship with a mail order dermatology pharmacy became public?

C. The ensuing media glare.

D. The subsequent 50% devaluation of Valeant stock since August.

E. All of the Above.

If you answered “All of The Above” you get 100%, which makes you a Winner unless you happen to be on one of the generics that got classified ‘orphan’ and repriced. But if you are on Medicaid, this won’t hurt you, as the taxpayer is known for picking up the tab.

But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t mobilize and write letters to our senators and congress people.

Young Wonderboy Martin Shkreli, out on a 5 million dollar bond has actually become more famous at the expense of the public, who assumes he’s the only one who is doing this. The rest of Big Pharma is publicly distancing themselves from him and pointing out, “He’s not representative of Us.”

What a laugh.

Lesson of the story? Look for an upcoming blog or article in IBPF on this, (High Pricing of Low Cost Generics and what we can do about it) and (Activism Made Easy) the followup.

Also, the National Coalition for Health Care (NCHC) in Washington has a campaign called “Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing.” They take donations and have other ways we can get involved. valeant guy

Self Stigma: The Silent Killer amongst us.

We often perceive us ourselves as “Other,” of “Different” and in my case, because I’ve been open to it in AA, I encounter a lot of shunning and discrimination for having trying it to escape the thunder of fear in my heart that is depression. So, AA folk often shine me on or scold me for what I share in relation to “Depression makes me want to drink.” I’m still sober and hangin on by a thread.

Drop Self Stigma. It’s like beating yourself on the head with a two by four. Oh, yeah, that will make you feel better. #author #alternative music #The Edge #Pro Beach doubles volleyball  #Stanford University

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#bipolar disorder

#mental Health

#Acting

#Modeling

#Designer Thift shops

The distraction of Cycles of Bipolar and ED

Like a lot of other people, I am writing a book. But being bipolar, I have organizational problems. I write chapters and then open another document and write the same chapter, or an overlap in time. Earlier this week I spent five hours on the project, moving things from one document into another. But this ‘overlap’ fix project could take another twenty hours and I’ve allowed myself to get too busy to do it. Also, I follow a lot of blogs and want to see what’s going on with my e friends. Don’t even get me started on Facebook stuff. And Twitter. I ditched Tumblr a long time ago for being too young and dramatic. At 54, I’ve settled down a great deal. Allisonbob8

I promised You Documentaries this week

Documentaries

Upcoming

Little Girl Blue…Janis Biopic

On Showtime right now: “Listen to Me Marlon.” Live Clips and interviews as well as film clips from the actor before he died. Said to be really good. Playing a lot. Record it ahead of time if you have that option.

Madam Phung’s Last Journey: True Cinema Verite about  transgender’s sheltering and protecting each other in Vietnam

Mia Madre (Italy) about female filmmaker

“Palio” Italy. About travel in Italy.

“Sembene” Political take on Sengales

“Taxi” Iranian film taken from car camera. This filmmaker has been banned since 2010.

“Song of Lahore” Pakistan. A traveling Pakistani troupe of musicians.

“Jacskson Heights” US  A part of Queens where 167 languages are spoken.’

“Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans.” Its about his obsession with race cars and the road it took him on.

“Ingrid Bergman, In her Own Words.” A documentary about the actress.

“In the Basement” What people do with their basements

“What our Fathers Did.” Another take on the Holocaust.

 

Escape from Paris: Movies & TV The Good, Bad and Ugly. Foreign too.

I don’t want anyone to think I don’t care about  Paris, ISIS, Their threats to Russia, Recent acts of Terrorism, Mass Immigration from war torn countries and the lick.

I am shocked. I’m not frightened yet, I’m frozen.   My reactions swing from right to left. I know people who really feel strongly about increasing our military presence and taking extreme action against people in the Middle East. What do you think?  Most of us can’t do anything from here except enlist or write letters to the editor. Or vote.

Here’s  why I’m so into movies. I learn about other people’s  global convictions and how express them in their art. Not the business of going to Darfur or adopting ten children, but with their scripts, movies, film reviews and the like.

Here’s what’s coming up or playing now in Movies and in Amazon Prime’s Pilot season. If you don’t go to films, you can write them down and get them from Netflix, the Library or Amazon when they come out on video. This is what I do. Movies are expensive and I’m on a fixed income.

 

I’ll do documentaries next time.

 

 

deniro bradley cooper Pauline Kael PaulineKaelBookMovies are my hobby. I’m reading a book about the late Pauline Kael, who was the most influential and political film critic ever. (New Yorker, Look, McCalls and the LA Times.)

I read her reviews in the LA times when I was there and until now,  I never understood the deep political convictions she floated in her reviews. Like this one: “Morality tale plays right and left.” This was about a Gregory Peck Cold War Spy film. There is a double meaning in ‘right and left,’ conservative and liberal.

In the film review she accuses our government and the Hollywood studios of portraying political ideology as Right and Wrong, Black and White, Right and Left, instead of shades of gray. She further theorized that we needed to understand our enemies and why they were in conflict with Americans. I wonder what she would say now, about this Paris situation.

The Good, Bad and The Ugly in new and upcoming TV & Film:

I will deal with Christmas themed movies, Netflix’s  new TV shows and documentaries next week.

 

My New New Category: Tanked but not toast. Movies that the critics hate and did not do well at the Box Office.

Deep freeze at the box office, “Burnt” is well done.

Unfortunately for The Weinstein Company,  Their new haute cuisine film about a sober, troubled chef on the re-invent lacks pace from beginning to end.  An hour of vibrant, detailed closeups of culinary masterpieces stalls our realization of how high the stakes are and how high the odds are stacked against Bradley Cooper’s character.  Many are gunning for him to fail.  Sienna Miller, (Factory Girl) Daniel Bruhl, (Rush, Inglorious Bastards) Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman and Matthew Rhys (Phillip from ‘The Americans on FX)  costar. Word is the studio will push for an Academy Award nomination or two.  Weinstein usually does.  I wish them well.

If you love Quentin Tarantino

 

“The Hateful 8.” Gun slinging Western inspired by Sergio Leone, Spagetti Westerns starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russel and Samuel Jackson for starters. He’s reviving a cheesy wide-screen technology from the 1970’s that the Movie Studios employed to lure people away from their brand new television sets back to the theatres. Leave it to Quentin to employ a cheesy film making technique as a retro-comic touch like he did with “Jackie Brown.”

If You Love Moby Dick….

December 15 “In The Heart of The Sea.” After thousands of recent Television and Literary references to Herman Melville’s Masterpiece “Moby Dick, joking about people’s pointless and absurd obsessions, Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Rush) is taking on The Great White Whale. It’s been stalled, so this date is not fixed for sure. It should be here by Christmas at least. Great Quote from film and book, “What offense did we give God to upset him so?” I guess it gets pretty wet out there.

“The Last Witch Hunter” Vin Diesel resurfaces, finally.

“Crimson Peak” Gothic Romance with Jessica Chastain.  A spooky haunted house.

“Spectre” Bond. James Bond. Daniel Craig. The only reason to see this is to take in Oscar Winner Christopher Waltz’s graceful menace. He was the hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards,” hunting down every last one. Remember?

November 20 Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

Steve Carrell “The Long Short.” Bad Loans somehow funny?

The Heist: Robert Deniro and others hijacking a school bus.

The Martian (Matt Damon’s “Green Light” take about diveristity in hiring only being important in casting choices (makes me keep Freudian slip-forgetting to put his movie on here…Sorry Matt. Just keep hiring enough women to say you do.)

Suffragette w Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter

Brooklyn: Coming of Age, moving to New York in 50’s

Truth: Robert Redford, Cate Blanchette and Matthew Modine about the CBS witchunt following an unflattering 60 minutes story about the Bush Dynasty pulling strings to keep George W out of ‘Nam.It’s about why Dan Rather, played by Redford, stepped down from journalism. It’s very moving, even if you are not a liberal.

James White: Sundance Festival Winner about an unrepentant druggie whose mom, Cynthia Nixon, is dying of Cancer.

“The Condemned 2:” Eric Roberts (Julia Robert’s underemployed terrific actor brother) Wrestling film

“Miss You Already” Drew Barrymore and Tony Collette as best friends. They both admit in interviews that it’s a chick flick. Color me Surprised.

“My All American.” Football film true story.

“Shelter” a drama about homelessness. Jennifer Connelly stars

“The 33:” Chile (coal miners trapped underground after a blast) Antonio Banderas, Juliet Binoche, Jennifer Lopez, Lou Diamond Phillips (Henry from Longmire) Cote De Pablo refurfaces at last (NCIS, she’s from Chile)

“By The Sea” Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie doing a ‘take’ on former celebrity couple Richard Burton and Liz Taylor. Troubled artists in a troubled marriage. Some violence and much grief. Written and directed by Ms. Jolie. Is said to be good if you can endure all of the gorgeous posing and art film aspirations seen in camera work, body language, dialogue, lighting, locale and wardrobe. Said to be opening November 10 in 10 theatres.

“Concussion” December when???Will Smith takes on the NFL on behalf of the player’s by discovering brain injury and related complications and trying to help install safeguards against further injury and disability Alec Baldwin Co-Stars. Supposedly in December. Gotta be by Christmas, right?

“Spotlight:” Boston Globe finally stops protecting the Catholic Church in story about investigative journalism’s duty and ability to expose human transgression and help put an end to it. Live Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams (True Crime), John Slattery (Roger from Mad Men). It better be good. It’s gotten a lot of media attention.

.New Info on “Trumbo:” Bryan Cranston (Mad Men)as the blacklisted Screenwriter who manages to get his work produced from a jail cell. Also, I just found out that Helen Mirren plays the feisty, power-wielding MGM publicity gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Apparently this woman was known for her flamboyant wardrobe and ridiculous hats with toy objects on them. It should be great.

House of Spies..Tom Hanks dir: Speilberg. This is a must see. Even tho it’s a cold war drama concerning spies, it also deals with integrity and professional respect.

 

 

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Foreign

Madam Phuang’s last Journey: Vietnamese about transgenders.

Song of Lahore: Pakistani film about a traveling orchestra.

“Love” Argentine Movie about love told thru sexual escapades.

“The Price We Pay,” French, about global income inequality. Supposed to be good.

The Nightingale: china

Mia Madre: Italy. It’s about a female film maker.

“Taxi” Iranian film shot from a car camera.

Televison….this is just what I’ve seen on TNT and Amazon Prime

 

TNT’s Agent X With Sharon Stone: Hackneyed mish-mash of various spy stories sewn together in a horrible, unintelligible patchwork quilt.

A few of Amazon’s new shows:

“Z: The Start of All things” Christina Ricci is terrific as Zelda Fitzgerald in this coming-of-age, finding-true-love drama.

Amazon: The Man In the High Tower ***** (What if the Nazis and Japanese won World War two? What if the Mentally ill, elderly, children and crippled were drugged to sleep and incinerated every Thursday?) So good it’s scary.

The Good Girls Revolt: It appears to be the story of the late Nora Ephron’s early days.  (Sleeping In Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Books, Essays) A Feminist take on young idealistic female journalists in the 1960’s, when women were not allowed to be journalists but relegated to researchers. You know they’re not going to stand for it. The first show is about the rush to get the scoop on Northern California’s Altamont Concert, the Hells Angels who were security guards there and the deaths that occurred. Police Brutality? Say it’s not so.

Z The Start of All Things: Zelda Fitzgerald as previously mentioned.

There is a new Western…forget the name…

There are four animated series and I don’t watch those.

 

 

Escape from Paris: Movies & TV The Good, Bad and Ugly. Foreign too.

I don’t want anyone to think I don’t care about  Paris, ISIS, Their threats to Russia, Recent acts of Terrorism, Mass Immigration from war torn countries and the lick.

I am shocked. I’m not frightened yet, I’m frozen.   My reactions swing from right to left. I know people who really feel strongly about increasing our military presence and taking extreme action against people in the Middle East. What do you think?  Most of us can’t do anything from here except enlist or write letters to the editor. Or vote.

Here’s  why I’m so into movies. I learn about other people’s  global convictions and how express them in their art. Not the business of going to Darfur or adopting ten children, but with their scripts, movies, film reviews and the like.

Here’s what’s coming up or playing now in Movies and in Amazon Prime’s Pilot season. If you don’t go to films, you can write them down and get them from Netflix, the Library or Amazon when they come out on video. This is what I do. Movies are expensive and I’m on a fixed income.

 

I’ll do documentaries next time.

 

 

deniro bradley cooper Pauline Kael PaulineKaelBookMovies are my hobby. I’m reading a book about the late Pauline Kael, who was the most influential and political film critic ever. (New Yorker, Look, McCalls and the LA Times.)

I read her reviews in the LA times when I was there and until now,  I never understood the deep political convictions she floated in her reviews. Like this one: “Morality tale plays right and left.” This was about a Gregory Peck Cold War Spy film. There is a double meaning in ‘right and left,’ conservative and liberal.

In the film review she accuses our government and the Hollywood studios of portraying political ideology as Right and Wrong, Black and White, Right and Left, instead of shades of gray. She further theorized that we needed to understand our enemies and why they were in conflict with Americans. I wonder what she would say now, about this Paris situation.

The Good, Bad and The Ugly in new and upcoming TV & Film:

I will deal with Christmas themed movies, Netflix’s  new TV shows and documentaries next week.

 

My New New Category: Tanked but not toast. Movies that the critics hate and did not do well at the Box Office.

Deep freeze at the box office, “Burnt” is well done.

Unfortunately for The Weinstein Company,  Their new haute cuisine film about a sober, troubled chef on the re-invent lacks pace from beginning to end.  An hour of vibrant, detailed closeups of culinary masterpieces stalls our realization of how high the stakes are and how high the odds are stacked against Bradley Cooper’s character.  Many are gunning for him to fail.  Sienna Miller, (Factory Girl) Daniel Bruhl, (Rush, Inglorious Bastards) Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman and Matthew Rhys (Phillip from ‘The Americans on FX)  costar. Word is the studio will push for an Academy Award nomination or two.  Weinstein usually does.  I wish them well.

If you love Quentin Tarantino

 

“The Hateful 8.” Gun slinging Western inspired by Sergio Leone, Spagetti Westerns starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russel and Samuel Jackson for starters. He’s reviving a cheesy wide-screen technology from the 1970’s that the Movie Studios employed to lure people away from their brand new television sets back to the theatres. Leave it to Quentin to employ a cheesy film making technique as a retro-comic touch like he did with “Jackie Brown.”

If You Love Moby Dick….

December 15 “In The Heart of The Sea.” After thousands of recent Television and Literary references to Herman Melville’s Masterpiece “Moby Dick, joking about people’s pointless and absurd obsessions, Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Rush) is taking on The Great White Whale. It’s been stalled, so this date is not fixed for sure. It should be here by Christmas at least. Great Quote from film and book, “What offense did we give God to upset him so?” I guess it gets pretty wet out there.

“The Last Witch Hunter” Vin Diesel resurfaces, finally.

“Crimson Peak” Gothic Romance with Jessica Chastain.  A spooky haunted house.

“Spectre” Bond. James Bond. Daniel Craig. The only reason to see this is to take in Oscar Winner Christopher Waltz’s graceful menace. He was the hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards,” hunting down every last one. Remember?

November 20 Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

Steve Carrell “The Long Short.” Bad Loans somehow funny?

The Heist: Robert Deniro and others hijacking a school bus.

The Martian (Matt Damon’s “Green Light” take about diveristity in hiring only being important in casting choices (makes me keep Freudian slip-forgetting to put his movie on here…Sorry Matt. Just keep hiring enough women to say you do.)

Suffragette w Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter

Brooklyn: Coming of Age, moving to New York in 50’s

Truth: Robert Redford, Cate Blanchette and Matthew Modine about the CBS witchunt following an unflattering 60 minutes story about the Bush Dynasty pulling strings to keep George W out of ‘Nam.It’s about why Dan Rather, played by Redford, stepped down from journalism. It’s very moving, even if you are not a liberal.

James White: Sundance Festival Winner about an unrepentant druggie whose mom, Cynthia Nixon, is dying of Cancer.

“The Condemned 2:” Eric Roberts (Julia Robert’s underemployed terrific actor brother) Wrestling film

“Miss You Already” Drew Barrymore and Tony Collette as best friends. They both admit in interviews that it’s a chick flick. Color me Surprised.

“My All American.” Football film true story.

“Shelter” a drama about homelessness. Jennifer Connelly stars

“The 33:” Chile (coal miners trapped underground after a blast) Antonio Banderas, Juliet Binoche, Jennifer Lopez, Lou Diamond Phillips (Henry from Longmire) Cote De Pablo refurfaces at last (NCIS, she’s from Chile)

“By The Sea” Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie doing a ‘take’ on former celebrity couple Richard Burton and Liz Taylor. Troubled artists in a troubled marriage. Some violence and much grief. Written and directed by Ms. Jolie. Is said to be good if you can endure all of the gorgeous posing and art film aspirations seen in camera work, body language, dialogue, lighting, locale and wardrobe. Said to be opening November 10 in 10 theatres.

“Concussion” December when???Will Smith takes on the NFL on behalf of the player’s by discovering brain injury and related complications and trying to help install safeguards against further injury and disability Alec Baldwin Co-Stars. Supposedly in December. Gotta be by Christmas, right?

“Spotlight:” Boston Globe finally stops protecting the Catholic Church in story about investigative journalism’s duty and ability to expose human transgression and help put an end to it. Live Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams (True Crime), John Slattery (Roger from Mad Men). It better be good. It’s gotten a lot of media attention.

.New Info on “Trumbo:” Bryan Cranston (Mad Men)as the blacklisted Screenwriter who manages to get his work produced from a jail cell. Also, I just found out that Helen Mirren plays the feisty, power-wielding MGM publicity gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Apparently this woman was known for her flamboyant wardrobe and ridiculous hats with toy objects on them. It should be great.

House of Spies..Tom Hanks dir: Speilberg. This is a must see. Even tho it’s a cold war drama concerning spies, it also deals with integrity and professional respect.

 

 

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Foreign

Madam Phuang’s last Journey: Vietnamese about transgenders.

Song of Lahore: Pakistani film about a traveling orchestra.

“Love” Argentine Movie about love told thru sexual escapades.

“The Price We Pay,” French, about global income inequality. Supposed to be good.

The Nightingale: china

Mia Madre: Italy. It’s about a female film maker.

“Taxi” Iranian film shot from a car camera.

Televison….this is just what I’ve seen on TNT and Amazon Prime

 

TNT’s Agent X With Sharon Stone: Hackneyed mish-mash of various spy stories sewn together in a horrible, unintelligible patchwork quilt.

A few of Amazon’s new shows:

“Z: The Start of All things” Christina Ricci is terrific as Zelda Fitzgerald in this coming-of-age, finding-true-love drama.

Amazon: The Man In the High Tower ***** (What if the Nazis and Japanese won World War two? What if the Mentally ill, elderly, children and crippled were drugged to sleep and incinerated every Thursday?) So good it’s scary.

The Good Girls Revolt: It appears to be the story of the late Nora Ephron’s early days.  (Sleeping In Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Books, Essays) A Feminist take on young idealistic female journalists in the 1960’s, when women were not allowed to be journalists but relegated to researchers. You know they’re not going to stand for it. The first show is about the rush to get the scoop on Northern California’s Altamont Concert, the Hells Angels who were security guards there and the deaths that occurred. Police Brutality? Say it’s not so.

Z The Start of All Things: Zelda Fitzgerald as previously mentioned.

There is a new Western…forget the name…

There are four animated series and I don’t watch those.

 

 

Bipolar & Depression escapism: filmtherapy with quality movies, present & recent past.

I’m writing a book. I’m trying to learn basic video creation. In the hope of interacting with more people, I’m trying to get better at social media. With all the meds, memory fails and so I study study. It’s a lot of work. Most of it deals with mental health, so I relive the pain and need a break. Books and movies for me serve that purpose. But I don’t want to watch junk. I want to come away from the film with something. So …even though there is a crop of new movies I will be studying on Friday, I wanted to polish up my list and get it out there.

Movies: New and Notable.

“Our Brand is Crisis” Sandra Bullock as a campaign manager working for a candidate in Latin America who needs to stage a major comeback as her boss is many points behind in the polls. Working for the other side is Billy Bob Thornton.

Spotlight: Roger Slattery, Lieb Schreiber, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. It’s about the ongoing pedophilia situation concerning the Catholic Church. It was about the journalists at the Boston Globe finding out about a big coverup.

Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender Jeff Daniels  Kate Winslet (titanic and revolutionary road) with Seth Rogen. I expected more out of director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and writer Aaron Sorkin. Jobs was very hard to sympathize with, even just a little. I found it dull with too much dialogue and not enough flesh and bone. Not much emotion.

The Intern with DeNiro and Hathaway. De Niro is the intern. Heard that it’s cute and funny.

The Invisible Woman: Older film. Ray Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas to name a few. It seems to be about Charles Dickens and an affair he had for a long time. Scarlett Johanssen (sp?) also stars. Older film, 2013. May be streaming already.

“Truth” with Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss. Should come out this weekend. Comes out in November.This is about a piece of CBS journalism dealing with the preferential treatment given to the Bush family member who got to play National Guardsman instead of being sent to a war zone. This piece managed to get the female producer (Blanchett) Fired, and Dan Rather retired over it. The interesting things now is that CBS refuses to allow any

advertising of the movie on its’ airwaves. NBC has gotten half of the advertising dollars. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!

99 Homes with Michael Shannon, the iron door to door salesman turned bagman for Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire. He’s a foreclosure predator/realtor who buys and flips. He mentors a guy that he evicted.

Bridge of Spies: Directed by Speilberg, it’s said that this does not disappoint. But it’s a Cold War/Spy/prisoner/Lawyer film and it might be over my paygrade.

Experimenter: I think it’s Indie, it stars Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard and is being compared to Stanley Kubrick.Famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans willingness to obey authority. Actress Taryn Manning “Pennsatucky” from “Orange is the New black” is in the film. It may never come to a theatre near you so you might have to write it down for later video distribution.

Pawn Sacrifice with Toby McGuire and Live Schreiber. It’s about the famous chess match between a Russian world champion and upstart Toby McGuire (sp). Toby has a few quirks. He is managed by the actor Michael Stuhlbarg, who played brainy gangster Al Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire. He was the one who always looked like he had powder or makeup on to make his skin look white. Anyway, he is a gentle and manipulating manager of Toby McGuire, who definitely needs managing and could use a pscychiatrist too. This one was good, it’s gone but rent it on video.

Sicario: The always underemployed Benicio Del Toro (the usual suspects)  Emily Blunt and James Brolin. A joint organization task force between FBI and CIA is actually a black op to deal with the head of the warring drug cartels (recent) who used terroristic violence to mark their territory and silence citizens. Their mission is ok, but it’s off books and Emily Blunt wants to ‘play by the rules.’ The Carnage in Ciudad (City) Juarez was so horrific that the Mexican border town below El Paso has lodged a defamation suit. They don’t want their city portrayed that way. It’s that kind of violence that is fun to look at but god awful. It makes the middle east look tame in terms of being graphically depicted. Brolin’s eyes are fathomless as he runs things in a ‘need to know’ way. This movie is almost gone but worth a rent.

Iceman with James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta & Michael Shannon again. Streaming and on video. Shannon got an Oscar Nomination for his performance as  a devoted husband and father yet ruthless hitman in this organized crime movie. Ray Liotta has a big part. But he never gives us that trademark laugh.  This is not new but it’s certainly notable. Winona Ryder plays a true old fashioned Jersey girl who likes traditional values, babies, money and a devoted husband, which Michael Shannon’s character is. Based on a true story about Richie Kuklinski, a contract killer who served 2 life sentences. He is said to have been suspected of carrying out over 100 killings. About Winona Ryder: she mastered the accent, the behaviorisms, expression etc masterfully. For all the celebrities who get caught doing something morally ambiguous or illegal, I think she suffered way too much for her shoplifting gig. Shit, even I shoplift from time to time.

Listen Up Phillip  Elisabeth Moss about a struggling writer. This is sort of new. Put on list for streaming later.

Listen to Me Marlon  Documentary Indie  I think I saw an ad that Showtime was going to air this.

Room with Joan Allen (new) From a description of Room, as a story about a mom locked in a room with her child, I expected allegoric fantasy or over-the-top horror, like Saw. Neither of those expectations came close to this movie’s genre. It is two movies in one.  Indie may never come.

Missippi Grind This is Ben Mendelson from Bloodline (the n’er do well brother) and Ryan Reynolds as a couple of traveling gamblers looking for that last big score.

Labyrinth of Lies..;.Germans questioning Nazi’s.

Ashby with Mickey Roarke  Xfinity

Darwin Paul Bettany

“Trumbo”  “Breaking Bad’s”Cranston about a screen writer during the McCarthy communist witch hunts.

Shanghai  Gong Li John Cusak old but new they say it’s great. It’s released in New York and LA but most of us will miss it.

Pay the Ghost Nicolas Cage…Xfinity

The Forger: John Travolta. Right now it’s between film and video but it might be streaming.

Join me over the weekend for a run down on TV and a list of the new movies culled mainly from the Newspaper reviews and listings locally and in New York Times Weekend Entertainment section.