Category Archives: Movies

Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

With the new Star Wars fast upon us, get ready for the “I remember my experience first seeing Star Wars when I was a wee lad and my eyes were open to wonder …” kind of commentary. I get it, … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— Wonderful interview with director Hou Hsiao-Hsien on his film “The Assassin” (in theaters now. I loved it.). He says: I’m 68 and I’m running out of time. I started reading martial arts novels when I was in elementary school, … Continue reading

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Gena Rowlands: A Life in Film

For Roger Ebert, I discuss Gena Rowlands’ extraordinary 6-decade career in all its facets, not just the productive Cassavetes years. She did a lot of television, and, as she got older, smaller parts in movies with large ensembles, but these … Continue reading

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Seeing Creed Today

It’s one of my most-anticipated films of the year. Not just because of my long-standing Rocky obsession, plus my love of Sylvester Stallone, but because I think Michael B. Jordan is so excellent too (Fruitvale Station!) Plus the wonderful Tessa … Continue reading

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Carol (2015); d. Todd Haynes

I love Todd Haynes’ work and Carol is very very good. One of the most beautiful-looking films of the year. Painful and poignant. Had one issue with it, but overall, it’s gorgeous and profound. Based on the novel The Price … Continue reading

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Dance Scenes Mash-up to “Uptown Funk”

This is brilliantly edited. So much fun!

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By the Sea (2015); d. Angelina Jolie

A lot of the commentary I’ve seen about Angelina Jolie’s By the Sea has been that it is a self-indulgent vanity project. I have some different feelings about all of that, and also have a suspicion that “self-indulgent” means different … Continue reading

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Coming on Nov. 23 in the UK: The Quiet Man released on Blu-Ray (for the first time)

John Ford’s The Quiet Man (1952), starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara (with Ford regulars Victor McLaglen and Ward Bond in supporting roles), is being released on Blu-Ray in the UK for the very first time. Released by Masters of … Continue reading

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Sweet Micky for President (2015)

Member the recent election in Haiti? You know, the one where Pras Michel of The Fugees managed the campaign of one candidate, gigantic Haitian pop star “Sweet Micky”, and the one where Wyclef, also of The Fugees, threw HIS hat … Continue reading

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Room (2015); d. Lenny Abrahamson

Adapted from Emma Donoghue’s book of the same name, Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, deserves the term “harrowing.” It is harrowing in its quiet, in its logic, in its patience. It is harrowing in its setting. It is harrowing in … Continue reading

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