Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood  (2017)

Unrated. Running time: 1 hour 38 min. I have ambivalent feelings about Matt Tymauer’s documentary film, based on Scotty Bower’s tell-all book Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars. This is certainly different from his previous film about the Manhattan urban activist Jane Jacobs, Citizen Jane: Battle for …

The Cakemaker (2017)

In Berlin Israeli city planner Oren (Roy Miller) has become more than friends with Thomas (Tim Kalkhof), the talented baker at the small café where they had met. While eating the baker’s delicious Black Forest gâteau, Oren seduces the young German. During his monthly visit the pair bed down together. Although he has a wife …

JOB

JOB Far shorter than The Prophet Job, the Australian film that uses the texts of Job as its script, preacher/poet John Piper’s film captures the essence of the Biblical book in his poem that features some delightful rhymes. He transforms the original into a Christian book by dividing it into four parts, each of which …

Searching (2018)

First-time feature director Aneesh Chaganty keeps us leaning forward in our seats to learn what has happened to the missing teen-aged Margot (Michelle La), whose plight is told entirely via computer screens. In just a few minutes the story of her relationship to her father and her deceased mother is revealed so movingly via their stored …

Alpha (2018)

If you like “a boy and his dog” movies, you’ll love director, Albert Hughes Alpha, set some 20,000 years ago in Europe. During a hunt Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee), the timid son of a chief falls over a cliff and is left for dead on a ledge that no one can reach. When he awakens, the …

The Prophet Job

During the month of October 2018, the Old Testament lessons from the Common Lectionary are all from the book of Job. Thus, while doing research on the book I discovered that an Australian group has produced a word-for-word video of Job—and it’s available for free on YouTube! It has some flaws, but the main section …