Exposition July 28, 2014
Critics are complaining about Lucy’s underdeveloped, inaccessible protagonist, and everyone’s complaining about its junky “humans only use 10 percent of their brains” pseudoscience. But neither issue gets to the core of what the film is about.Continue Reading
Interview July 24, 2014
The director of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind talks about his personal new film, Mood Indigo, and how it differs from making a for-hire project like The Green Hornet.
Movie Of The Week July 24, 2014
Needing to reinvent the bad guy for Terminator 2, James Cameron imagined him as someone who could look like anyone, even someone we trusted. In doing so, he tapped into an anxiety about the police that was about to erupt.
Adventures In Licensing July 23, 2014
View-Master predates computer animation by many years, so rendering one of Pixar’s best-known films seems like an odd choice. Yet the results both highlight the film’s strengths and suggest what 3-D ought to accomplish.
Movie Of The Week July 23, 2014
Movie Of The Week Blockbuster Month continues into the 1990s, as we dig into the exploitation roots, groundbreaking action, and clunky dialogue of James Cameron’s $100 million Terminator sequel.
Movie Of The Week July 22, 2014
James Cameron put a lot of thought into constructing the beginning of Terminator 2 as one long fake-out. The film’s marketing campaign undid that work, but didn’t spoil the way the film carefully balances other elements.
Exposition July 22, 2014
Radiohead has a long history of being used, and misused, in movies, from the appearance of “Creep” in S.F.W. to the new I Origins. The band’s history on film soundtracks offers a study in how a song can enhance a scene, or overwhelm it.
Interview July 17, 2014
Mike Cahill’s follow-up to Another Earth deals with similar themes of recovery, second chances, and science fiction as metaphysical metaphor. In separate interviews, he and his star/producer, Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt, discuss their “wild actor-director romance.”
Performance Review July 15, 2014
The 2008 Best Supporting Actor race included Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker. He took the award posthumously, but unlike with some posthumous awards, his disturbing performance seems like one that likely would have won anyway.
Movie Of The Week July 15, 2014
There’s no time for losers in the most popular film of 1986. The Tom Cruise-starring, Tony Scott-directed film charts a hero’s journey from being a cocky asshole to being a cocky asshole with military decoration.