One of the most interesting and human responses to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris on January 8, 2015, was that of Robert Crumb, the American cartoonist, now living in a village in France. As a comic book artist, a satirist, the “grandfather” of underground comix, an anti-authoritarianian, and as a resident in two diverse societies, he seems like the […]
As usual when presenting a yearly round up, it’s important to remind the reader that most reviewers don’t see everything, and together with their biases are inevitably going to offer up a skewed view of the cinematic world at the moment. That being said, my criterion for a best list is the simple matter that […]
As the On the Aisle crew gears up for its 10 best and worst lists for 2014, this might also be the time to review some of the worst titles of the year. Below is a list of films released in the last 12 months or so that in bulk are almost indistinguishable from each […]
The final big Xmas movie push concludes with reviews of Big Eyes, Tim Burton’s biopic about Walter Keane and “his” paintings, The Imitation Game, about Alan Turing, Into the Woods, the Sondheim musical, and The Gambler, a remake of the old James Caan film. Next week: onward to the 2015 movies after some best and […]
This week the team takes on the updated musical Annie, the Australian horror film The Babadook, the crime drama Foxcatcher, and the third Night at the Museum film, ending the show with a round table (or piano) discussion of the Sony hack controversy.
Getting into the holiday spirit, the critics look at the new religious epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, its competing epic The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, Wild, based on the memoir by Portland writer Cheryl Strayed, the gay comedy Life Partners, the Italian political comedy Viva La Liberta, and various local events.
For its 121st webisode, the On the Aisle team preps for the onslaught of Xmas movies with some nostalgia and peeks at national identity. Among the films are a revival of Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima, Mon Amour, plus the new western written by, starring, and directed by Tommy Lee Jones, called The Homesman. There is a […]
As the holidays – and the holiday movies – pile up, the team takes on several non-holiday or pre-holiday oddities, including Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3-D, the gay coming-of-age tale, The Way He Looks, the sequel Dumb and Dumber To, and the short film noir series, with titles such as I Wake Up Screaming and Niagara.