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I’ve been a fan of Ed Burns ever since his directing debut ‘THE BROTHERS MCMULLAN’ some 16 + years ago (it picked up the SUNDANCE GRAND JURY AWARD).  The small slew of movies that he has written/directed and starred in since them have established him as a kind of an Irish/American Woody Allen, but without … Continue reading


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This is the mostly true story of the larger-than-life J.R. Brinkley who turned out to be one of the country’s biggest and most successful medical charlatans of the last century. Documentarian filmmaker Penny Lane= chose to tell this totally bizarre tale by mainly blending animated visuals with archival footage and using narration by different actors. She starts by … Continue reading

OBVIOUS CHILD : a rom com that dares to deal with abortion

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The movie opens with a very confident Donna in the middle of her stand-up comedy routine in a small nondescript bar in New York. She is extremely funny and disarmingly honest as she talks candidly about the absurdities of her own life. The small audience love it and applaud her enthusiastically when she finishes her … Continue reading


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Isadora and Enrique are an elderly couple living in a large comfortable apartment in Santiago with their two old cats. The bane in their life is their highly strung daughter Rosario and her butch girlfriend Beatrice (who insists on being called Hugo)  who want them to bankroll their latest hare-brained money-making scheme. However Isadora who has … Continue reading

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