Tuesday, April 2 2013
Having no footage of the 1993 Moscow concert, part of the Dangerous tour, to speak of, Trubnikoff can hardly concern himself with conveying quite what it was like to attend the show.
Orson Welles and Victor Mature grumble and sneer while their nations go to hell in a horseblanket.
Monday, April 1 2013
Viewers will walk away emotionally-charged, but not fully educated.
This attempt to cross The Toolbox Murders with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is every bit as bad, but not nearly as funny, as it sounds.
Friday, March 29 2013
Despite its considerable credentials, Lincoln avoids succumbing to the requisite Spielberg traps—save for a key few. What's interesting, and a little bit disturbing, is how procedurally it treats a sensitive topic like the passage of the 13th Amendment.
This is Elia Kazan’s greatest achievement as a visual artist, and yet it can’t help but feel like an act of cowardice, making this a fascinating film in terms of how its personal effects always overshadow its artistic achievements.
Fritz Lang's distinctive visual style and questions of reality and false appearances ensnare the viewer in a tangled nightmarish web of imagery.
Thursday, March 28 2013
doesn’t attempt to comfort us, and it never offers pseudo-philosophical platitudes to help sweeten the ineluctable fact that our lives, loves and companionships can only ever be transient.
Badlands isn't just or even mostly a disturbing, disorienting experience. It's almost certainly Terrence Malick's darkly funniest movie, with Kit's weird, deadpan conviction and the couple's childlike innocence.
These two new on-demand releases from Fox Cinema Archives showcase an excellent, magnetic character actor named Edmund Gwenn, best known for playing a certain bearded gentleman in Miracle on 34th Street.
This made-for-TV filler from SyFy fails to impress. But it's not because of the acting, the special effects, or even the ridiculous plot.
Wednesday, March 27 2013
The Twilight universe is ruled by a curious strain of American morality that can be described as “bloody puritan”. Decapitations = Yes, Premarital Sex = No.
In keeping with sexist standards, the women in these bouts are typically flighty, illogical, and "feminine" to the point of being tiresome, and yet the blustering men eventually realize they have a point and need to stop blustering.
Tuesday, March 26 2013
Live singing embodies the performances with a certain amount of honesty that isn't afforded to the casts of other movie musicals.
Except for the squeamish and the virtuous, everybody else should be able to enjoy this depiction of those nightmarish metaphysical horrors that apparently surround our godforsaken existence.
Monday, March 25 2013
Bravo to Brad Pitt and Andrew Dominik for making a film that no one likes. Really.
Like to watch paint dry? Then you'll love this.
Rife with bad editing and overacting, Border Run fails miserably at telling a compelling story about illegal immigration.
Friday, March 22 2013
This fine documentary about the preeminent war photographer of the last half-century raises difficult questions about both art and journalism.
Spanning the period between 1988-2009, these four Claire Denis films represent some of the best of the world cinema genre.