Thursday, November 14,2013
Talking on the phone with longtime record producer-turned-filmmaker Duncan Bridgeman, you get the feeling you’re talking to an extremely friendly, hippie version of Hunter S. Thompson.
Thursday, November 7,2013
'Ender's Game' has no winner
Glam it up all you want: Ender’s Game is about a kid playing a high-stakes video game.
Thursday, October 31,2013
'The Counselor' is Cormac-whacked
Featuring an all-star cast of irreproachable actors ... and also Cameron Diaz, The Counselor had Ridley Scott at the helm and an original screenplay written by Cormac McCarthy. All the ingredients in this cinematic recipe are independently delicious; so why does the final meal taste like week-old dumpster pizza with extra anchovies?
Thursday, October 24,2013
'The Fifth Estate' is second rate
The Fifth Estate is Keystrokes: The Movie, a flat, dull, repetitive dud made modestly palatable because nobody doesn’t like the taste of Benedict Cumberbatch, the British treat.
Thursday, October 17,2013
'Machete Kills' and no one cares
Before we go further, you should know I gave Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives a positive review, so I “get” grind-schlock. This isn’t that, this is someone doing a bad impression of that.
Thursday, October 10,2013
Sandra Bullock owns 'Gravity'
Bullock’s dizzyingly complex performance in a film that is as thrilling as it is culturally resonant does make Gravity something hella special.
Thursday, October 3,2013
'Rush' shows Formula 1's collateral damage
Director Ron Howard and writer Peter Morgan ask a good question with Rush, which is: What kind of broken human beings strap themselves to a rocket-coffin?
Thursday, September 26,2013
Prisoners goes medieval on Paul Dano%u2028
If you like smiling and aren’t criminally demented, Prisoners is a damn rough watch.
Thursday, September 19,2013
'Blackfish' is a one-note wake-up call
Breaking news: You know those giant, majestic, ocean-dwelling creatures with the first name “killer?” Turns out if you lock them in tiny spaces, it kills them, and if you get in with them, they kill you.
Thursday, September 12,2013
'Austenland' is sweet but simple
Since Stephanie “Twilight” Meyers is a producer on Austenland, the following question is fair game: Why are readers who fangirl out about Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice embraced or applauded while devotees of whatever-that-sparkly-vampire-dude’s-name-was are chided?