While hugely charismatic, Fassbender does not trade on personality, presenting an Everyman who resonates with the public and stays recognizable from film to film. Think George Clooney and Tom Hanks.
While William Monahan's London Boulevard has a certain sadistic familiarity, it also has the kind of edge that too few movies allow themselves.
In A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg has fashioned the thinking person's action movie. Instead of cars exploding and weapons blasting, great minds duel over the forces driving human behavior during the period that saw the burgeoning of psychoanalysis.
Attending a film festival is not ALL about sleep deprivation, caffeine, standing on endless lines in germ-y spaces, and brainstorming to avoid cliches in reviews. There's also a raft of parties clamoring for my presence.
A Dangerous Method is a triumph. Drawn from historical fact, it's a fairly straightforward account of the turbulent triangle formed by fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud, and the gifted but troubled patient who came between them.
It's nice to see an intelligent film about adult relationships and the ways that jealousy and insecurity can shred what is otherwise a solid connection between two people.
Our stalwart editor Steve Biodrowski couldn't make the recording session for this episode -- he said it had something to do with his teaching gig; we ...
My last full day at the Toronto International Film Festival was a day of hits and misses.
I had decided before today even started to use the idea of "audience films vs. festival films" as a theme for my discussion of the day's screenings. ...
Never Let Me Go is a staid, lifeless tale that never talks about what it's about, or at least not enough to provoke deep thoughts on the subject. Deep sleep is more like it.
He was one of People's 'Sexiest Men Alive' in 2006. Yet Orlando Bloom is nowhere to be seen in today's film-making landscape.
Rachel Zoe reigns as the most sought after celebrity stylist, boasting a roster that includes, among others, Lindsay Lohan, Keira Knightley and Anne Hathaway. And the empire continues to grow.
Unconfirmed rumors indicate that Kate Beckinsale's attorney is filing suit against this article...now.
Somewhat like her character in Mysteries In Pittsburgh, Sienna Miller is a compelling, straightforward person who makes no bones about what she's about.
Like Knightley stood up to Hollywood by demanding to be accepted as flatchested, I chose not to have my body artificially enhanced after breast cancer and a mastectomy.
Anybody mildly interested in the arts in this country will tell you that Edinburgh is the king city of festivals. It's August programme dominates the galaxy of festival-making.