Don't get me wrong. It's funny here and there. Funny as in this situation is so absurd/awkward it's funny. Funny as in biting humor with razor sharp teeth laced with tabasco sauce. And I love tabasco sauce.
If you live in L.A., credibility is all you have. Not your personal or professional credibility -- but your movie recommendation credibility. A sterling reputation for great taste in movies is the L.A. equivalent of an spick-and-span credit rating.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints is meticulously constructed. With deft camerawork and a pure attention to 70s small town details, there is a fantastic, technically sound structure that director David Lowery has built.
It'll be interesting to see how Sofia Coppola's new film, The Bling Ring, is viewed in a decade. The true events of the film -- a group of teens easily trespassing and stealing from celebrities that took place over a ten-month period in 2009 to 2010 -- already feels a little dated.
"Where other movies have fans, Malick's produce disciples." I am in the beyond a fan camp; his films have affected me in ways that other films never really have, in awe, in sorrow and in longing. I am in Malick's pulpit until the end.
It seems to me that there's a lesson here for those who are trying to help veterans who have returned home with mental disorders. Formal treatment can be very helpful and more veterans need to get access to it, but laughter can also be a great healer.
In a new film, Chasing Ice, which was an official selection at Sundance last year, now makes its public debut on November 9th in New York City, James Balog's quest to document the physical imagery of climate change is brought to life.
Set in California's forgotten Salton Sea, writer-director Elgin James' debut follows 15 year-old Lily (Juno Temple) and her best friend Alison (Kay Panabaker) as they attempt to flee their impoverished community and build a nest in Los Angeles with a group of runaway squatters.
The Prometheus of Greek myth was the titan who stole fire -- and a love of science and the intellect -- from the gods of Olympus. If Ol' Pro' saw this eponymous film, he might keep the fire but give the rest back.
I'm sure there are those who will be shocked that I not only enjoyed a lot of The Lucky One, but that I think Zac Efron's performance is a break-out moment -- the announcement that a teen dream has made the transition to adult dramatic actor.
Packaged as a slick spy film, Haywire's been mildly poo-pooed by some critics but there's another way to see it: as a significant take on commerce and the tensions between men and women, and on a continuum with an earlier work, The Girlfriend Experience.
A 31-year old Swedish director has taken a swipe at a segment of Sweden's older generation in his first feature film, Avalon. Its three main characters are all over 60, and they behave very, very badly.