Entries by Jay Ruud

The Father

The Father Florian Zeller (2020) Facts for You: Where to Watch: Rentable on Prime Video ($20), Apple TV, Fandango Now Length: 1 hour 37 minutes  Rating: PG-13 Names You Might Know: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman Language: English  He Said: The experience of watching this film is jarring, disorienting. Less than half an hour into it you are feeling much the same […]


Minari Lee Isaac Chung (2020) Facts for You: Where to Watch: Rentable on Prime Video, Apple TV, VUDU, Fandango Now  Length: 1 hour 55 minutes  Rating: PG-13 Names You Might Know: Steven Yeun, Will Patton, Yuh-Jung Youn Language: Mostly Korean with English Subtitles She Said: We fired this up in an Oscars-nominated-movie watching quest. I was thinking it would be a […]

Homeland Elegies

Homeland Elegies Ayad Akhtar (2020) Ayad Akhtar’s Homeland Elegies: A Novel certainly does not read like a novel. I mean, the narrator is a guy by the name of Ayad Akhtar, who is the American-born son of physician parents who immigrated from Pakistan. He was born in Staten Island and raised in Wisconsin, and won a Pulitzer […]

An American Tragedy

An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser (1925) Does anybody really read Dreiser anymore? I remember being rather unimpressed by The Financier in my course in “American Realism and Naturalism” back around 1970. And I did try Sister Carrie decades later but it left me pretty cold. Nevertheless, in my undaunted quest to read all the books on Modern Library’s list of the […]


Pixie Barnaby Thompson (2020) Facts for You: Where to Watch: Rent on Prime Video  Rating: R Length: 1 hour 33 minutes  Names You Might Know: Olivia Cooke, Alec Baldwin, Colm Meaney Language: English He Said: Barnaby Thompson, a successful British producer of such films as Wayne’s World, Hope Springs and An Ideal Husband, tries his hand at directing […]