Flowers of War

By Debbie Elicksen. Flowers of War (2011) is a historical drama starring Christian Bale (John Miller), Ni Ni (Yu Mo),  and Shigeo Kobayashi (Lieutenant Kato). Heng Liu wrote the screenplay, based Continue Reading →


By Debbie Elicksen. Dan Futterman wrote the screenplay for Capote (2005), based on the book by Gerald Clarke. The film was directed by Bennett Miller. Philip Seymour Hoffman absolutely deserved Continue Reading →

Paradise Road

By Debbie Elicksen. Paradise Road (1997) is a compelling drama about a collection of women from different countries, classes, and histories being held captive by the Japanese during World War Continue Reading →

All the Way

By Debbie Elicksen. All the Way (2016) is an adaptation of Robert Schenkkan‘s Tony-award winning play about Lyndon B. Johnson. The casting is superb. Bryan Cranston has a way of Continue Reading →

Mississippi Burning

By Eric Johnson. Set in the fictional town of Jessup County, Mississippi Burning (1988) is a film about hatred. After three civil rights activists go missing, two of these activists Continue Reading →

Danny Collins

By Debbie Elicksen. Imagine you’ve lived your whole career in a certain way. But if you had known about a letter that was written to you right at the start, Continue Reading →

The Stoning of Soraya M.

By Debbie Elicksen. The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008) is based on a true story about modern Iran and is an adaptation of the book La Femme Lapidée, written by Continue Reading →

The Walk

By Debbie Elicksen. The Walk (2015) is really a love letter to the World Trade Center towers. Based on a true story, Joseph Gordon-Levitt can be forgiven for his quasi-French Continue Reading →

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom

By Debbie Elicksen. Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom (2015) is a Netflix documentary that takes the viewer inside, on the ground of the Revolution of Dignity at Kiev’s Continue Reading →


By Debbie Elicksen. If any movie can be called a masterpiece, director Oliver Stone‘s JFK (1991) certainly qualifies. Stone also wrote the screenplay with Zachary Sklar. New Orleans district attorney Continue Reading →