Neely Swanson

“Alone with her Dreams” – Looking up [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Alone with her Dreams” – Looking up [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Alone with her Dreams,’ is a beautiful, melancholic film by first time director Paolo Licata. Based on the novel Picciridda – Con I Piedi Nella Sabbia  (The Little One – With her Feet in the Sand) by Catena Fiorello, it is a story of longing, sadness, hope, desperation, violence, and beauty. The […]

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“Perfect Murders” – Not quite [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Perfect Murders” – Not quite [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Perfect Murders,” is an anthology series premiering on MHz streaming platform on October 27. The six-episode series follows the investigative detectives as they try to solve a cleverly performed murder that has already been revealed to the audience “Columbo” style. The stand-alone stories are divided into groups of two. The first two […]

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“Coming Home Again” – Can you go home again? [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Coming Home Again” – Can you go home again? [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Coming Home Again” is thoughtful film based on a personal essay written by Chang-rae Lee and adapted to the screen and directed by Wayne Wang, best known as the director of “Chan is Missing” and “Joy Luck Club.” Wang has painstakingly constructed the familial relationship between Chang Rae and his mother that […]

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“American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself” – Shrieking to the choir [MOVIE REVIEW]

“American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself” – Shrieking to the choir [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “American Selfie,” written, directed, and produced by Alexandra Pelosi, is exactly what we do not need in this moment. Pelosi, starting in September 2019, begins by focusing on the most narcissistic and materialistic aspects of American society – the mania of the Selfie photo craze and the hysteria of people waiting hours […]

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“What the Constitution Means to Me” – And you and you and you [MOVIE]

“What the Constitution Means to Me” – And you and you and you [MOVIE]

by Neely Swanson “What the Constitution Means to Me,” is a delightfully thought-provoking and ultimately moving personal memoir that has universal meaning and appeal. A hit both on Broadway and off, “What the Constitution Means to Me” was written and performed by Heidi Schreck, previously known as a writer on “Billions” and “Nurse Jackie.” Schreck, […]

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“The Opening Act” A not quite ready for primetime player [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Opening Act” A not quite ready for primetime player [MOVIE REVIEW]

n “The Opening Act” is an attempt to illustrate the difficulties that one young man faces in trying to follow his lifelong dream of becoming a standup comedian. Will Chu, a 20-something Asian American working a lifeforce-sucking job as an insurance adjuster charged with finding ways around paying legitimate claims. As far as his boss […]

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“Kieler Street” – Definitely not the street where you live [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Kieler Street” – Definitely not the street where you live [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Kieler Street,” could be subtitled “Norwegian Desperate Criminals” as a take on the American series about how sinister could look so normal on Wisteria Lane. A creation from the minds of Stig Frode Henriksen, Jesper Sundnes, and Patrik Syversen, who also directed a number of the episodes, “Kieler Street” is in the […]

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“Special Division” – Not so very [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Special Division” – Not so very [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Special Division,” the new offering on MHz Choice is a made-in-Armenia police procedural. This series aims to be all things to all people, using every American cop show as an influence, but, sadly, not very well. There is a “special division” within the capital city police force; it is unclear why it […]

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“Agents of Chaos” – Ignore at the peril of democracy [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Agents of Chaos” – Ignore at the peril of democracy [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Agents of Chaos” is a two-part documentary brought to us by Emmy and Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief;” The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley”). It tackles the insidious and widespread transmission of false information to sow discord in the foundations of […]

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“Utopia” – Not exactly [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Utopia” – Not exactly [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Utopia” is a new 8 part series premiering on Amazon written by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects) based on the BBC series of the same name written and created by Dennis Kelly. The BBC series of 2013-14 was highly regarded. HBO originally bought the rights for an American remake but nothing […]

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“Les Sauvages” – Not just who you think

“Les Sauvages” – Not just who you think

by Neely Swanson “Les Sauvages (The Savages),” the French series premiering on “Topic” (topic.com), a new streaming platform, is a not to be missed political thriller that will put you on high-alert, not just emotionally but also intellectually. “Les Sauvages,” a mini-series in 6 parts, tackles nothing less than the political significance and intersection of […]

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“The Personal History of David Copperfield” – And a glorious one at that [MOVIE]

“The Personal History of David Copperfield” – And a glorious one at that [MOVIE]

by Neely Swanson “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Armando Iannucci’s marvelous take on this Dickens classic is gloriously revolutionary. I’ll be the first to admit that I have yet to read the book. I’ve read a number of his novels but the sheer length of this one has always put it into the category […]

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“Bay of Silence” – Better that way [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Bay of Silence” – Better that way [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Bay of Silence,” directed by Paula van der Oest (“Zus and Zo”) and written by Caroline Goodall, is a film of almosts. Aiming to be a mystery/thriller in the vein of Hitchcock, it never achieves that lofty goal. It’s almost a thriller, it’s almost a mystery, it’s almost a love story; but […]

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“Kaye Ballard–The Show Goes on” –– Oh! Kaye! [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Kaye Ballard–The Show Goes on” –– Oh! Kaye! [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Kaye Ballard- The Show Goes On” is a love affair directed by Dan Wingate about one of the most talented singer/actresses of the 20th Century who is virtually unknown to anyone under the age of 50. Her last television series regular roles were on “The Doris Day Show” (1970–72) and “The Mothers-in-Law” […]

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“Sometimes Always Never” – Almost [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Sometimes Always Never” – Almost [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Sometimes Always Never,” a valiant effort at making a Wes Anderson-type film, is just that – an effort. It would have been better if it didn’t look so deliberately copied from the Anderson playbook (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Royal Tenenbaums”), using his color palette and shaggy dog-type narrative. Adopting the […]

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