Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘While We’re Young’ (2015)

In the creation of art, does the maker’s lack of adherence to a solid level of truthiness nullify the creation? That’s the question posed by Noah Baumbach, the writer and director of While We’re Young, who uses two couples from different generations as his conduits. Representing the mid-40s demographic is married couple Josh and Cornelia. […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘St. Vincent’ (2014)

Sainthood is aspirational at best and yet, as depicted in St. Vincent, it’s a possibility within reach in the real world. Written and directed by Theodore Melfi, the movie makes the surprising agent of divinity a curmudgeonly Brooklyn guy named Vincent (Bill Murray) who’s in his late sixties, drinks, gambles, is in debt to a […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Adore’ (2013)

As soon as heterosexual boys hit a certain age, erotically feminine and Venusian attributes so highly prized in girlfriends become horrifically taboo when displayed and confidently owned by their own mothers. Of course, these restriction don’t necessarily apply to other fellows’ mothers. Or, as depicted in Adore, your best friend’s mother. Adore, a sophisticated piece […]

Astrology: Film: ‘The Impossible’ (2012)

The element water is associated with the Moon’s nurturing, emotion and caring. But in “The Impossible,” directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, wetness – in the form of the tsunami that hits Thailand at Christmastime in 2004 – becomes an annihilator of families. The wave announces its rapid encroachment with a rumble. It drags Maria under […]