Jeff York

Greta Gerwig Gives Us a Thoroughly Contemporary Take on “Little Women”

Greta Gerwig Gives Us a Thoroughly Contemporary Take on “Little Women”

In this overpopulated age of remakes, reboots, and re-imaginings, how do you find a new path in on a property that’s already been told on the big and small screen over a dozen times? Filmmaker Greta Gerwig has managed to make something quite new out of Little Women, the classic and over-exposed Louisa May Alcott […]

 Jeff York

“1917” Presents a New Take (One Take) on the Horrors of War

“1917” Presents a New Take (One Take) on the Horrors of War

Designating the stakes in a war movie is easy. It’s death, destruction, and the obliteration of a nation. Making a war movie that stands apart from so many of the great ones done before? Aye, there’s the rub. 1917 wouldn’t have that problem as not only does it have simple and relatable stakes, but it’s […]

 Jeff York

HBO’s “Watchmen” Advanced the Classic Comic in a Timely Fashion

HBO’s “Watchmen” Advanced the Classic Comic in a Timely Fashion

Adaptations for film and TV are a tricky lot. Is the source material filmable? Is what worked on the page or stage a guarantee it will translate properly to the screen? Even the length determined for an adaptation can affect the success of it. The decision to adapt Watchmen as a 2.5-hour theatrical release in […]

 Jeff York

“Richard Jewell” is a Compelling but Controversial Character Study

“Richard Jewell” is a Compelling but Controversial Character Study

For over a decade now, films directed by Clint Eastwood have been somewhat of a mixed bag. For every good film like Changeling (2008), Invictus (2009), and Sully (2016), there have been those that were less so like The 15:17 to Paris (2018) and The Mule (2018). Still, at 89, you have to hand it […]

 Jeff York

“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study

“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study

There are many outstanding qualities to the new film Uncut Gems. It’s a vivid character study that stars Adam Sandler in his best screen performance to date. The dialogue, written by its directors, Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, along with Ronald Bronstein, has a blunt and profane New York City honesty to it – the […]