‘The Act of Killing’

  ‘To the victor goes the spoils.’ That’s one of the hard truths to come out of The Act of Killing.  This documentary is dark, and offensive (yes, even I can be offended if pushed hard enough), and chilling.  Don’t look for a lot of humor here; the funniest moment to me was hearing a politician […]

’20 Feet From Stardom’

  With only a general knowledge of what this film was about, it took about 5 minutes for this pop music geek to feel like a kid in a candy store. 20 Feet From Stardom is the story of the background singer.  And I’m still a little amazed by how much information and how many stories […]

‘Her’

  The latest film from Spike Jonze, Her, is funny, and creepy, and it’s a dead on social commentary…and it’s brilliant. Set in the ‘very near future’, the story revolves around Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix as Spike’s on screen avatar), a shy guy who still hasn’t fully jumped back in the game after a messy divorce.  He buys […]

‘Wolf of Wall Street’

I was in as soon as I heard ‘Martin Scorsese’s new film’.  Doesn’t mean I’ll automatically love it (we’ll get to that), but I’ll see what he’s selling. And Leo.  He’ll always have the blessing and the curse of Titanic, but as an actor, he almost always comes through with the parts (and choices) he makes.  Like […]

‘Gravity’

  This is starting to feel like a year from the 70s.  A lot of really good films, but they cover a lot of different territory. American Hustle is the ‘fun’ film, and 12 Years a Slave is the ‘important’ film…but if you wanted to make the case that Gravity is the ‘most cinematic film’ (and the Producers Guild seems […]

‘Blue Jasmine’

  Let me start by telling you (if you didn’t already know) that whenever I see the title card that says ‘Written and Directed by Woody Allen,’ that’s an automatic plus one on the review. Blue Jasmine follows a middle aged woman (the always on point Cate Blanchett) who has to move in with her sister […]

‘August: Osage County’

  I didn’t know this before last week, but as soon as the film started, I realized August: Osage County is based on a play.  Lot of name actors, every major character has a monologue at some point (which is like chum for actors).  The basic story is one that’s familiar: a parent dies and all the […]