Jeff York

Passion and Art Collide in the Exquisite “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Passion and Art Collide in the Exquisite “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the newest film from French writer/director Celine Sciamma, is one of the more unique love stories of the 2019 movie season. Currently playing in New York and LA, and rolling out nationwide on February 14, 2020, it concerns the burgeoning relationship between a female artist in 18th century France […]

 Jeff York

The Best Screenplays of 2019

The Best Screenplays of 2019

The 2019 film year may have started off soft, followed by an underwhelming summer season, but from autumn on, it rallied. More and more critics are making “Top 20 Best Lists” this month, and the Academy shouldn’t have to struggle to come up with seven to ten worthy Best Picture nominees for February’s Oscar ceremony. […]

 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 […]