July 2, 2016 |
Swiss Army Man is a big existential fart joke. That's good news if you like fart jokes, not so good otherwise. It should be noted, however, that this fearless oddity of an indie, written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe (the power of Dans!), is propelled by more than mere flatulence. This is a movie about the safe haven of imagination, about loneliness and despair and resilience, about obsession and, um, stalking. It begins on a desert isle, where a lone castaway, Hank (Dano)
August 20, 2010
The Extra Man . Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman. With Paul Dano, Kevin Kline, Katie Holmes, and John C. Reilly. R (sexual content). 1 hour, 48 mins. Playing at: Ritz at the Bourse. Louis Ives (Paul Dano), a pale question mark of a young man, has newly arrived in New York, seeking the life of a bookish gentleman. Right off the bat, he finds an unlikely role model: Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), an older fellow and would-be playwright who lives in a squalid apartment, cadges free meals while squiring elderly society matrons, and is given to such pronouncements as "My great opus was stolen by a Swiss hunchback!"
May 14, 2010 |
The tavern in which most of The Good Heart unfolds is a Bronx cheer in the face of the Boston TV show Cheers. Here, even if the proprietor knows your name, he doesn't care about your well-being. He's in the business of "destroying" his customers drink by drink, as he reminds his protege, a formerly homeless man he has taken in to help out and keep him company. Yet underneath all the booze and blather, Jacques the barkeep, played by Brian Cox, has a good heart. Perhaps not as good as that of young Lucas, played by Paul Dano.
June 1, 2015
When Brian Wilson played the Non-Comm radio convention at the World Cafe Live in West Philadelphia this month, the 72-year-old songwriter sat center stage at the piano and introduced one of his most beloved compositions. "Here's probably the best song I ever wrote, in 1966, off the Pet Sounds album," he said, before playing the song Paul McCartney has said is his favorite of all time. "It's called 'God Only Knows.' " The rapturous reception the celebrated tune received, and with which it will undoubtedly be greeted when Wilson plays the Mann Center in Fairmount Park on June 29, contrasts mightily with the way it goes over on first hearing in Love & Mercy , the unconventional biopic directed by Bill Pohlad that stars both Paul Dano and John Cusack as the troubled songwriter.
August 25, 2012
2 Days in New York Julie Delpy stars in - and writes and directs - the sequel to her 2007 relationship comedy, 2 Days in Paris , this time with a new beau, played by Chris Rock, and a new city for the cultural and familial clashes to take place, and take off. Ridiculously charming. R Ruby Sparks Zoe Kazan is the title character, and the writer of this ingenious fantasy romance, about a young, successful novelist (Paul Dano) who taps out a few paragraphs about a dreamy girl on his typewriter, and then suddenly the dreamy girl appears in his house, his life.
January 17, 2016
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth. Game Change writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann cover the 2016 presidential race in this weekly show. 8 p.m. Sunday on Showtime. War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy's great novel done by Lifetime, you say? It's not as bad as it sounds. Paul Dano ( Love and Mercy ) leads a cast that boils down the Russian saga to its most exciting bits (think romance, death) without the bothersome moralizing. 9 p.m. Monday on Lifetime. Baskets . Zach Galifianakis could have kept doing middling movie comedies ( The Campaign , anyone?
January 24, 2016
45 Years Charlotte Rampling, Oscar-nominated for her performance, and Tom Courtenay, pretty darn brilliant himself, star as a long-married couple whose comfortable, seemingly close relationship is challenged when news arrives from afar - and from far off in the past. A study in economy, in the beautiful symmetry of word, image and music, and of a marriage shaken to its core. R Anomalisa From the mind of Charlie Kaufman, co-directing with Duke Johnson, a stop-motion animation tale of a sad, unsatisfied man who meets a woman on a business trip, takes her to his hotel room, and - well, yes, there is puppet sex. Midlife morass, regret, and mundanity, cut with the comically surreal.