Monthly Archives: April 2014

Breathe In

  After watching Breathe In, the new film by director Drake Doremus, I was struck by how perfectly the title fit with the movie. Sometimes, the name of a movie feels tacked on or an afterthought, but Breathe In feels right. In addition to referring to a key scene where two characters subtly acknowledge a deep […]

Bob Hoskins (1942-2014)

When I was probably six or seven, my parents took my sister and I to the now-defunct Washington Square Cinemas to see a movie. It was the summer of 1988, and for our family, going to the movies was a rare occurrence. The film was Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Watching that movie on the big […]

Le Week-End

  They have been married a long time. Sitting side by side on the train, they nevertheless seem miles apart. They are content in their silence, comfortable in their distance from one another. So begins Roger Michell’s new film Le Week-End, a movie about a British couple in their autumn years who embark on a […]

Jodorowsky’s Dune

In the seventies, Alejandro Jodorowsky, the cult filmmaker behind El Topo and The Holy Mountain, was set to make a ground-breaking, mind-bending adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune. Jodorowsky wanted to create a film that would create the sensation of taking LSD; the drug experience without the drug. The film would bring […]

Under the Skin

  There’s an unsettling, sinister undercurrent pulsating through this film that creates a feeling of anxiety in the viewer. Few science-fiction films involving aliens actually seem like they were made by and feature alien life forms. This would be one of them. It’s sure to be a polarizing type of film, with the camps of […]

Pain & Gain

      There’s a good movie in here somewhere. The story of three inept bodybuilders who turn to life of crime is an intriguing idea for a film, even more so when you realize that it’s based on a true story. I can imagine that this film would have really worked with a tighter, […]

Cheap Thrills

If you’ve seen a movie in the last fifteen years, you’ve probably seen Pat Healy in a movie. Thin and usually bespectacled, he is a terrific character actor who is in high demand in independent film, and tends to get small supporting roles in big Hollywood movies (he can currently be seen in Captain America: […]