Ron Howard's Rush is winning all sorts of praise as being daring (for taking on subject matter that apparently isn't an automatic audience magnet), a throwback to the 1970s (when filmmakers took more risks) and just plain sexy and exciting.
The much anticipated Rush, Ron Howard's first film since the embarrassing comedy The Dilemma (2011), shows a return to decent form, and again demonstrates why the former child actor remains one of Hollywood's most bankable directors.
If you were able to watch a new movie every two hours all day from 8 a.m. through midnight for the entire 10-day run of the festival, you would still only be able to see a little more than half of the movies the festival has to offer.
Okay, dig: If you're in or around Los Angeles, the charming, smart and hella talented singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith plays Largo at the Coronet tonight, the 5th of June. They don't like it if you're late. Factor in traffic. Get there.
Rush fans can celebrate together that their guys have been accepted at last, and that they helped to make it happen. As a Randy Newman fan, I will still just quietly smirk at the acknowledgement that I am one of the few who gets it.
There are a lot of things that are popular and commercial, but aren't very good. Or are just good enough. Consider Justin Bieber: It's not that the kid isn't talented; it's that he's only just talented enough.
Chris Matthews is mistaken when he thinks that a Mitt Romney defeat will mute Mitch McConnell, the senator who famously said that his "single most important goal" was to defeat Obama. The opposite is more likely.
I recently sat down with Anderson to talk about how Clockwork Angels came about, the publishing industry and how it has changed over the course of his career, and a few other topics. The following is an excerpt of that conversation.