Tribeca 2020: Love Spreads (***½)

By Dennis Hartley (Originally posted on Digby’s Hullabaloo on April 25, 2020) I’m a sucker for stories about the creative process, because as far as I’m concerned, that’s what separates us from the animals (even if my “inner Douglas Adams” persists in raising the possibility that “there’s an infinite number of monkeys outside who want … Continue reading Tribeca 2020: Love Spreads (***½)

Marvel-less: Top 10 of 2022

By Dennis Hartley (Originally posted on Digby’s Hullabaloo on December 10, 2022) It’s time for the obligatory list, culled from the first-run films I reviewed in 2022: Day by Day – Felix Herngren’s dramedy (scripted by Tapio Leopold) is a delightful, life-affirming road movie from Sweden about…death. Before a terminally ill man (Sven Wallter) can … Continue reading Marvel-less: Top 10 of 2022

If you really must pry: Top 10 films of 2021

By Dennis Hartley (Originally posted on Digby’s Hullabaloo on December 11, 2021) ‘Tis the season for the obligatory year-end roundups, so for your consideration (or condemnation) here are my top 10 picks out of the 50+ first-run films I reviewed in 2021: Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road – It has been a long, strange trip … Continue reading If you really must pry: Top 10 films of 2021

If you really must pry: Top 10 Films of 2020

By Dennis Hartley (Originally posted on Digby’s Hullabaloo on December 26, 2020) As the year closes, it’s time to pick the top 10 first-run films out of those that I reviewed in 2020. In a “normal” year, I usually watch and review between 50 and 60 first-run features and documentaries. This year, the tally was…substantially … Continue reading If you really must pry: Top 10 Films of 2020

2023: A Spliff Odyssey

By Dennis Hartley (Originally posted on Digby’s Hullabaloo on January 7, 2023) Dreadlocks can’t smoke him pipe in peace Too much informers and too much beast Too much watchie watchie watchie, too much su-su su-su su Too much watchie watchie watchie, too much su-su su-su su -from “Tenement Yard”, by Jacob Miller Happy New Year! … Continue reading 2023: A Spliff Odyssey

The filth and the funny: Dolemite Is My Name (***½)

By Dennis Hartley (Originally posted on Digby’s Hullabaloo on November 2, 2019) When I was in the 6th Grade at Ft. Wainwright Junior High in Alaska, everyone in class was assigned to choose, memorize and recite a Robert Service poem (I’m assuming this is a uniquely Alaskan rite of passage…although I can’t speak for public … Continue reading The filth and the funny: Dolemite Is My Name (***½)