Friday, December 6 2013
The Coens appear to be back in Barton Fink mode, setting up a straw man whose creative arrogance ensures that he won’t see a moment’s happiness from his work.
Kino-Lorber's release of Nosferatu features some of the best special features of any DVD this year.
Thursday, December 5 2013
Russell's life-changing drunk driving accident, which sends him to prison, is rendered in a slash of harsh sound and illegible wreckage: from now on, you know, his options only dwindle.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
As alter egos go, you couldn't have two more opposite types than the adorable Sven and the relentlessly fierce ice monster.
Monday, December 2 2013
A star who lamented the wages of fame for most of her life, Elizabeth Taylor embraced the spotlight in order to raise awareness and money regarding AIDS.
Wednesday, November 27 2013
Winnie (Naomie Harris) appears as the sign of her husband's sacrifice. Her face is brilliant and transcendent, telling a long and complicated story in a few seconds.
Before a series of showdowns that take some advantage of Jason Statham's physicality, the mayhem builds at a methodical pace.
Tuesday, November 26 2013
Her remarkable relationship to the camera is visible in most of the photos and footage of Bettie Page, perhaps especially in those she took with two women photographers.
Monday, November 25 2013
When questions came up as to the toxicity of flame retardants, the three primary manufacturers made their case with faulty studies or deliberate misreadings of studies.
Friday, November 22 2013
Judi Dench's character journeys to America, haunted by the loss of her baby son and traumas at the hands of nuns in the Magdalene Laundries.
Thursday, November 21 2013
Two documentaries explore the circuitous processes of remembering and forgetting, how these shape both collective and individual experiences.
Going along is one means of survival in a game where poor folks fight and kill each other to save their district. Their struggles serve as entertainment for the privileged "1%", if you will.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
A Fragile Trust and Patrolman P consider the parsing of stories -- what they can mean, who might be parsing, and what effects both teller and listener might have on them.
Friday, November 15 2013
Though billed as an "exploration", Dear Mr. Watterson is a respectable primer on the artist's life and work.
Woody's face (Bruce Dern), so specific and so unusual, also reflects many others, those belonging to people in small towns, who might be working class, not so hopeful, even depressed, in its various senses.
Thursday, November 14 2013
Two documentaries look back and forward, revealing a quickly shifting world suffused with ambitions and compromises.
Wednesday, November 13 2013
The mirror image Donald Rumsfeld creates, his inverted similarity to the villain he mocks, would be comical if the effects of his and the administration's lies weren't so devastating and ongoing.
Tuesday, November 12 2013
Death's voiceover doesn't so much shape The Book Thief as direct your reading of it, which is to say, it describes what you see and suggests what you might think about it.
Monday, November 11 2013
A Case of You fascinates as an experiment in directing the romcom to greater emotional authenticity, but only through a risky headfirst dive into the muck of overused tropes and too familiar character types.
Friday, November 8 2013
Shane Meadows's documentary of the improbable reunion of the Stone Roses comes complete with a few shortcomings and whole lot of Britpop alchemy.