Downton Abbey Delights

For those of us who are fans, this feel-good, everything-turns-out-all-right movie checks all the boxes. No one dies, all lonely people are paired up and Downton appears to be going on forever.  (cbsnews) If this takes out some of the suspense for you, I’m sorry, but Downton viewers don’t really want suspense–this is not a…

“Taxi Driver” 43 years Late

Warned by my son into thinking this film would be too violent and ugly for me, I put off watching it until now and I have to tell you, five minutes of “Gamer of Thrones” was worse. It seems that time has either desensitized me or violence has grown to the point where a few…

The Band’s Visit–the Music is Great

(mubi) As seems to be our fate, we completely missed the dates of Lincoln Center’s Rendezvous with French Cinema and everything was sold out, including the French films downtown. So we decided to go to the theater. We had been promising ourselves to see this anyway. (playbill.com) The score by David Yazbek consists of Arabic-Israeli…

MY FAIR LADY IS BACK and With a Great Henry Higgins

(lct) You will enjoy the current version of this wonderful show by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. True, the orchestra is largely under the stage a la Bayreuth and that’s too bad because the Robert Russell Bennet/Phil Lang orchestrations are so good. (timessquarechronicles) We saw the first preview…