Author Archives: Garret Jordan

Garret’s Movie Palace: Academy Awards 2017

From that moment Justin Timberlake broke into his extremely catchy nominated song, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” we, indeed, could not fight the feeling. And that feeling was utter exuberance. And while it kept the feeling flush for a while, the uncontrollable building blocks of the Oscars eventually brought things back down to earth. The speeches

Garret’s Movie Palace: “La La Land”

Long regarded as quaint at best, obsolete at worst, the musical nonetheless refuses to curl up its twinkle toes and die. The likes of “Evita,” “Moulin Rouge!” “Chicago” and the “Pitch Perfect” movies all breathed new life into a supposedly dying genre. And now director Damien Chazelle follows up his 2014 breakout hit “Whiplash” with

Garret’s Movie Palace: Fences

Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) is a 53-year-old garbage collector who lives in Pittsburgh circa the mid-1950s, along with his wife Rose (Viola Davis) and son Cory (Jovan Adepo). After his dreams of becoming a baseball player went unrealized when he was younger (he was too old by the time professional baseball was racially integrated), Troy now spends

Garret’s Movie Palace: “Live By Night”

Adapting a good crime writer is never easy but Dennis Lehane’s prose is more cinematic than most and he writes lovely, loping dialogue that lifts his characters above the mundane. At least he does in “Live by Night”, a 500-page epic about a Boston crook named Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) who becomes a kingpin in

Garret’s Movie Palace: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Likely to draw in just about everyone who followed the Harry Potter series and likely to please most of them, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also has things to offer to fantasy-friendly moviegoers who only casually observed the Potter phenomenon. The latter group, however, may be less convinced that this spinoff demands the

Garret’s Movie Palace: Inferno

Close on the heels of his deeply felt “Sully,” Tom Hanks takes his art down a peg with another paycheck performance as the dramatic cipher Robert Langdon in “Inferno,” Ron Howard’s mostly lame adaptation of Dan Brown’s wholly lame novel. I have no prejudice against Brown. His breakthrough novel “The Da Vinci Code”—a conspiracy thriller

Garret’s Movie Palace: The Accountant

This high-concept story follows a high-functioning autistic accountant who moonlights as a bookkeeper for criminal organizations, only to find himself targeted by one of his clients and forced to reveal that (surprise!) his particular set of skills includes more than just crunching numbers. It’s an intriguing set-up made even more so by the fact that

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