What have filmmakers got against cats? Among the many onscreen kitten killings are Donald Sutherland throwing a cat against a wall in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900. Before that, the villains in Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs hang the family feline in a closet. Now the Coen Brothers get into the act. In their new movie, Inside Llewyn… More
Happy holidays and welcome to the Xmas-awards season for movies. This week the quorum focused on Betty Page Reveals All, the new thriller Out of the Furnace, The Punk Singer, about the founder of the riot girrl movement, and a suite of recent Japanese films on tour.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a hit and, thus, for the short term, at least, movie reviews are irrelevant to the masses who are apparently crowding the theaters for the latest installment of the franchise born from Suzanne Collins’s young adult dystopian trilogy. Catching Fire presents mostly the same story as the first film,… More
The team takes on the big film of the season, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Also on tap are the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, about the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, and a revival of Seven Samurai, among other films.
A skeleton staff covers the new version of Great Expectations, as well as the romantic comedy The Best Man Holiday, the Criterion DVD set Three by Rossellini, and then have a wide ranging discussion of movies that blend live action and animation.
This week a full complement of the reviewers discuss the controversial sci-fi war film Ender’s Game, The Motel Life, Computer Chess, and – with the help of Marvel comics expert Jordan Lewis, of All Classical Portland – Thor: The Dark World.