If you can get past the porn-centric theme, which can initially be a bit much, as well as a few unlikely moments, it is a smart little movie about a young man grappling with his truth and coming into himself. Pun shamefully intended.
Given that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten so good at doing the action-hero thing in these big budget blockbusters, one might wonder why he'd then be so eager to voice a desk-bound aeronautical engineer in The Wind Rises. But Joseph has a two word answer to that question: Hayao Miyazaki.
Common threads of a romantic movie a man will watch: The screenplay is written by men, the film is told from the man's perspective and the male lead behaves like a man would in real life and the ending of the film is redemptive.
Join me tonight for my conversation with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He spent his teens as co-star of the Emmy-winning sitcom, 3rd Rock from the Sun, in a role that put him on the map, and segued into features as a well-regarded adult actor with a wide range of performances.
It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."
I was trying to come up with a way to avoid the standard list, so here's what I've got for you: 10 things to be thankful for in 2013 movies (plus five things to really bitch and moan about, because, let's face it, that's more fun.)
I would compare "Don Jon" to "The Graduate," "Manhattan," "Raging Bull," "Eyes Wide Shut" and the greatest film about masculinity I've seen, "Carnal Knowledge."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been working regularly on stage and screen since the tender age of four, amassing a list of credits during his three decades in Hollywood that would be impressive at any age.
If you've seen ads for Don Jon that make it seem like a fairly standard romantic comedy, it might surprise you. But that's because Don Jon often feels and often looks like two kinds of movies awkwardly mashed together.
It would be a mistake to make Jon's preoccupation with pornography the focus of any commentary -- any more than the world we existed in back then could be considered the major cause of Tony Manero's issues. They are simply backdrops to the more pressing issue.
This weekend, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, "Don Jon," opens in theaters nationwide. "Don Jon" is the story of a man who loves his apartment, loves his car, loves girls, and loves internet porn.
For this week's MovieFilm excursion, we start things off with some highlights from my roundtable interview wit...
Merging Silicon Valley with Hollywood these talented men are juggling active careers in show business and titans of social media platforms.
The forthcoming movie Don Jon, written by, directed by, and starring youthful Hollywood heavyweight Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks at sexual addiction -- porn addiction in particular -- as a real issue that evokes real-life consequences.
Once upon a time, Hollywood stars were worshipped like gods and goddesses. No photographers were trying to snap pants-less crotch shots as someone stepped from a car. Nor were they terrorizing people in traffic and threatening the lives of innocent bystanders with their self-aggrandizing stunts.
Next week, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the sequel to a not very good movie called G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, will finally hit theaters after an eight-...