Several indie and minor Hollywood releases this week, as the staff look at No Escape, the thriller set in Thailand; Digging for Fire, from mumblechoirist Joe Swanberg; the end of the world drama Z for Zachariah and the post-apocalyptic Turbo Kid; and the musical We Are Your Friends.
In this week’s quorum, the team looks at The Look of Silence, a sequel or companion to The Act of Killing; the new action slacker comedy, American Ultra, with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart; Diary of a Teenage Girl, based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s illustrated novel; Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet, animated by multiple cartoonists, including Joan […]
This week’s films consist of The Man from U.N.C.L.E, with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer trying to fill the Guccis of Solo and Ilya; the music biopic Straight Outta Compton, about the group NWA; the much derided comic book adaptation Fantastic Four; three thrillers: Tom at the Farm, by Quebec wunderkinder Xavier Dolan; Cop Car with Kevin Bacon; and Phoenix, German director Christian Petzold’s […]
When the BBC released the results of its poll of an unknown number of international critics about their favorite American movies, Alfred Hitchcock made the list five times – for Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, Notorious … and Marnie (at number 47). This placement sparked the usual groaning. Why Marnie and not Rear Window? Of […]
A few Xmases ago, I had the unusual pleasure of meeting some Von Trapps. The two sisters and a brother were at a large festive party with much singing, and I ended up talking to them about the recently broadcast live version of Sound of Music on NBC. No, they didn’t get any money for […]
Among those films discussed this week are the animated movie Shaun the Sheep, the thrillers Dark Places and The Gift; Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall; and the documentaries Best of Enemies and Cobain: Montage of Heck.
This week the full panel discuss the new thriller Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, the documentary Lego: A Brickumentary, the dramatization The Stanford Prison Experiment, the doc I Am Chris Farley, and the continuing Paul Thomas Anderson retro with his Boogie Nights, and two of his favorite films, Jackie Brown, and I Am Cuba, plus elsewhere […]
Continuing with its series of films released in the middle of a decade, the BFI Film Classics series leaps from The Birth of a Nation in 1915 to Charles Chaplin’s The Gold Rush in 1925. Though obviously there were many films in between (most of them now lost), the leap in technique and story clarity […]
Our trio today examines Pixels, the new Adam Sandler comedy; Unexpected, the feel-good pregnancy tale; the YA dramatization Paper Towns; and the true crime documentaries 3 1/2 Minutes Ten Bullets and Murder in the Park; and the documentary Do I Sound Gay?; and finally a look at the Paul Thomas Anderson retrospective.