Film: “The Favourite”

Directed by Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favorite¬†is a sly, mostly on-target story of royal back-stabbing under the reign of Queen Anne that has been getting a lot of critical praise. As satire, it sets a high standard for itself, and, more often than not, it reaches it. But, whatever its limitations as satire –…

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Film: “La La Land”

Once this gorgeous, heartfelt homage to movie musicals ¬†settles into the deep feelings of its two lead characters, it started to involve me more. I admit that movie musicals are not usually among my favorites. I like films with strong stories, and, frankly, musicals rarely emphasize the story. And the musicals with some of the…

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