Film Review: DIGGERS

DIGGERS 2006 Lovely little film set at the end of the Bicentennial (1976) as the Ford Administration gave way to Jimmy Carter. Four buddies now in their 30s struggle to get serious about their diminished prospects as a large corporation threatens their livelihood. Nothing new here, just very well-done, affectionate, & thought-provoking. More on DIGGERS.

Film Review: DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN

Some guy’s looking for his missing girlfriend, so NJ housewife (Arquette) joins the search. The kooky Manhattan chick has no idea she’s being followed, nevertheless, like a sexy White Rabbit, Susan (Madonna) becomes Roberta’s guide on a magical voyage of self-discovery. Ground-breaking feminist comedy transformed Madonna from wannabe to "STAR."  More on DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN.

Film Review: DEEP WATER

Superlative doc artfully combines archival footage with personal reminiscences, capturing specific time & place (post-Imperial Brittan) full of contemporary resonance. Seven sailors set out in 1967 to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly with no stops. See it on the big screen & you’ll feel surrounded yourself by waves & endless sky. More on DEEP WATER.

Film Review: THE DEAD GIRL

Splendid ensemble cast conveys shock waves emanating from horrific murder, deeply affecting women who never knew “Krista” (Collette discovers body, medical examiner Byrne processes it) as well as most intimate mourners (mother Harden & best friend Washington). Brittany Murphy’s heart-breaking as “Krista,” ditto Hurt as the wife of the perp. More on THE DEAD GIRL.