A reduced team offers up considerations of the new WWII tank film Fury, the social problem film Men Women and Children, the horror prequel Annabelle, The Green Prince, about the middle east, and the Nick Cave documentary 20, 000 Days on Earth.
Gone Girl isn’t just the new thriller by David Fincher based on a wildly popular and controversial book. It is many more movies in one. It’s an object lesson in how to take a potentially complex and unwieldy novel and condense it to pleasing movie size. It’s a casting puzzle similar to earlier such exercises […]
The team catches up with Gone Girl, along with the new Simon Pegg comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness; the Patricia Highsmith adaptation Two Faces of January; two documentaries, one on the oil industry called Pump, and the other called Last Days in Vietnam, about the evacuation in 1975; Tracks, based on the Robyn […]
This week our cinema specialists examine the sibling dramedy The Skeleton Twins, the action knock off The Equalizer, the Polish drama The Notebook, the new animated feature The Boxtrolls, and in revivals, Gone with the Wind, Last Tango in Paris, and a show curated by Martin Scorsese called Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, including in its […]
In a funny recent article at The Vulture, Kyle Buchanan writes about the strange phenomenon of “doppelgänger movies,” or films that have a similar theme or setting or story that lies somewhere between coincidence and zeitgeist. From Dante’s Peak-Volcano to Gravity-All Is Lost, Hollywood does have a habit of issuing twin topics simultaneously. Mr. Buchanan […]
Down a contributor, this week’s team looks at the YA dystopian adventure The Maze Runner, Terry Gilliam’s new dystopia The Zero Theorum, the family comedy This is Where I Leave You, the Paris love letter My Old Lady, the Lawrence Block adaptation, A Walk Among the Tombstones, the advocacy documentary Second Opinion, and a host […]
As an adjunct to this week’s podcast, No. 112, here is a closer look at the Noir City Festival at the Hollywood Theatre over the September 19-21, 2014, weekend. D. K. Holm brings a special emphasis to the cinematographers behind these 10 films. They include some of the most heralded and busiest photographers in movies […]
An On the Aisle member wasn’t able to make it to podcast No. 111, so here is a footnote or appendix to that show, in which D. K. Holm goes over the documentary Rich Hill, the modest musical God Help the Girl, the prison drama Starred Up, and the threatened-lady thriller No Good Deed.