October 17, 2015 |
There are many reasons to recommend Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies : the Cold War brought to life in vivid, disconcertingly timely ways; the quickstep hugger-mugger of G-men in fedoras tailing a foreign agent on the streets of New York; the noirish intrigue of early 1960s East Berlin, with its military checkpoints, its paranoia, its secret police. But without doubt, the biggest reason to see Bridge of Spies - based on true Eisenhower-era events - is Mark Rylance, the British actor of TV's Wolf Hall and theater's Jerusalem, as he disappears into the quietly duplicitous role of the man known as Rudolf Abel.
October 3, 2015 |
Director Daniel Barber has a talent for sussing out the brutality intrinsic in the everyday. In 2009's Harry Brown , Michael Caine played a Cockney retiree who avenges his best friend by taking on the hoodlums who live in the same council estate. It was revenge both Caine, and cane, style. In The Keeping Room , Barber, working off a script by Julia Hart, explores the violence for those left at home during wartime. It's the waning days of the Civil War, Augusta (Brit Marling)
April 21, 2014 |
Cinematographer Wally Pfister has a resumé rife with hits - Batman Begins , The Dark Knight , The Dark Knight Rises . He won an Oscar in 2011, for his sixth collaboration with Christopher Nolan , the mind-bending, gravity-defying Inception . Pfister shot Lisa Cholodenko 's smart, smart-looking Laurel Canyon . He shot Moneyball . Transcendence , he did not shoot. Instead, for the $100 million sci-fi thriller opening this weekend and starring Johnny Depp as a cyberscience superstar pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence, Pfister makes his directing debut.
January 18, 2014 |
Two very different American stories - American Hustle , about con artists, greedy pols and an FBI sting, and 12 Years a Slave , about a free black man abducted and sold into slavery - were among the big winners as nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning in Beverly Hills. Leading the pack with 10 nominations apiece were David O. Russell's freewheeling take on the polyester-era Abscam scandal, American Hustle , and Alfonso Cuaron's stranded-in-space suspenser, Gravity . 12 Years a Slave , a searing slice of pre-Civil War history, received nine Oscar nods.
December 20, 2013 |
WROTE THE poet: "Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on the desert air. " We meet one of these latent bloomers in "Inside Llewyn Davis," though his particular fragrance derives from too many clubs, too few showers. Llewyn (Oscar Isaac) is an itinerant folksinger who crashes on couches, bums cigarettes and money and meals, and repays all of this with indifference, anger, sarcasm. You wonder why people put up with him. Until he picks up a guitar and sings.
December 20, 2013
THE TITLE CHARACTER in "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a folk artist whose luck is so bad, his life sounds like one of his rueful songs. The actor who plays Davis, Oscar Isaac, has recently had somewhat better luck. The New York Times just declared that Isaac "turns in far and away the year's best male performance" in the Coen brothers' new movie. He's been nominated for a Golden Globe, and an Oscar nomination is likely. Things could hardly be going better for Isaac, a longtime supporting player whose talent and elastic, hard-to-pin-down ethnicity (he's Guatemalan and Cuban)
November 25, 2013 |
Most years, Hollywood saves the really good stuff - the awards contenders, the thought-provoking, life-changing, controversial, and challenging titles - for right now: The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve are when the floodgates open. But 2013 has already offered a rich, multicourse feast - 12 Years a Slave , All Is Lost , Captain Phillips , Gravity , Blue Is the Warmest Color , Enough Said , Mud , Fruitvale Station , The Place Beyond the Pines , to name just a few. Is it possible there is more greatness (or really, really good-ness)
September 20, 2013 |
Jeff Bridges really and truly is the Dude, that mellow, Zenned-out character he played in the Coen Brothers ' '98 masterpiece, The Big Lebowski . The Buddhist adept, who has been married to Susan Geston for more than 35 years, is soo cool that he had everyone at his eldest daughter Isabelle Annie 's wedding sit down and meditate, he tells GQ. "We had a big party at our house. And to some people's embarrassment - I think my daughter kind of dug it, my wife probably thought it was over the top - I led everybody in a big om-ing session for about five minutes," Bridges says.
October 5, 2012
Repertory Films Ambler Theater 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-345-7855. www.amblertheater.com . Film 101: Inside the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men. $9.75; $7.25 seniors, students and children. 10/11. 7:30 pm. American Philosophical Society Museum 104 S. 5th St.; 215-440-3400. www.apsmuseum.org . The Secret Cinema: Just Imagine (1930) 10/10. 7 pm. Asian Arts Initiative 1219-23 Vine St.; 215-557-0455. www.asianartsinitiative.org . Kinowatt Film Series: Mosquita y Mari (2012)
June 10, 2011
GIMME FIVE "True Grit" gave the Coen brothers their first box office smash and membership in the $100 million club. 1. "True Grit," $171 million. 2. "No Country for Old Men," $74 million. 3. "Burn After Reading," $60 million. 4. "O Brother, Where Art Thou," $45 million. 5. "The Ladykillers," $39 million.