Monthly Archives: November 2014

Nightcrawler

There is a shot early on in Nightcrawler that is crucial to understanding, or at least attempting to understand, the motives of the film’s protagonist. It’s a very wide shot of what appears to be Venice Beach. We see various people strolling in the sun, and one man rides by on a bike. The camera moves […]

Mike Nichols (1931-2014)

Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning director of The Graduate, passed away a few days ago; he was eighty-four. Few directors have had a debut feature film as startling or as audacious as Mike Nichols’ first movie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Even fewer directors win an Oscar for their second movie (Nichols was also nominated for Woolf). […]

Big Hero 6

Now that Disney owns Marvel (in addition to its many other big-name purchases), we can safely assume that they will release a steady stream of kid friendly animated versions of comic book adaptations, in addition to the heavy stream of live-action super hero features starring Downey Jr. and company. I hope these hypothetical future Disney/Marvel […]

Dumb and Dumber To

Has it really been twenty years? Twenty years since, like it or not, for better or worse, Dumb and Dumber changed the face of American comedy. Without the Farrelly Brothers’ phenomenally stoopid movie, about seventy-five percent of the comedies made in the last two decades probably wouldn’t have happened. Crude and rude, which prior to […]

St. Vincent

There is only one Bill Murray. Long regarded as a supremely talented comedian, the last two decades have also shown him grow considerably as an actor, thanks in large part to his work with filmmakers such as Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Tim Burton and Sofia Coppola. Strangely, though, he has only had six starring roles in […]

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s science-fiction epic Interstellar is truly breathtaking in its first and third acts, and gives us an intelligent and awe-inspiring look at an adventure that spans across the universe. The film, enriched by knock-out cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema, leaves you spellbound in many of its 169 minutes. Unfortunately, the film’s sometimes glaring imperfections make […]

Love is Strange

Like a piano concerto, the opening moments of this film have an improvised feel to them. We watch as a couple wake up, get dressed and prepare for an extremely busy day. One of them, Ben, is frantic and easily distracted in these moments. His partner, George, smiles amusingly at Ben; George is the calming […]