What made these killings so unnerving was that there was no pattern or motive. Age, gender and race were not of issue to Muhammad and Malvo, which meant no one was safe, and everyone was freaked the fucked out.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
An important note of distinction: director’s cuts, miniseries, films released in multiple parts theatrically (or on television) were not considered here. That leaves many, many excellent films off the list, but it also makes room for some lesser-known ones. I’d really prefer to not argue about different versions with different running times and discuss the films at hand. Ya dig?
Friday, September 27, 2013
If you’ve seen the confident, snappy, amusingly repetitive trailer for the confident, snappy, amusingly repetitive new film, Don Jon, then you know the list above is what the title character lives for.
Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who could very well be the most gifted actor of his generation) is hailed as “Don Jon” by his bros because of his ability to easily lay attractive women. The introductory segment of the film is dedicated to watching Jon spend day after day going through his list. He works out, cleans his apartment, cruises the streets, hangs with the family, hits the club, brings a girl home – awesome night. Awesome save the fact that once his flavor of the day is fast asleep, Jon tip toes to the living room to find that perfect clip of online porn, then finishes himself off the only gratifying way he knows how.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A few months before we made the movie, I won a short story contest and realized that Yes, it’s time to put up or shut up and try to make a film. I was passionate about the story and excited that it had garnered a little acclaim, and I realized that its content, about a young man attempting to regain what he’s lost, could make for a good film.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
That’s the jumping off point of the exceptional new crime thriller, Prisoners. Early in the film, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) and his family walk to their friends’ home to celebrate Thanksgiving. Keller, his wife, Grace (Maria Bello), and their hosts, Franklin (Terrence Howard) and Nancy (Viola Davis) have a great time catching up. They eat, they drink, they laugh, and so on, all with their kids running around and playing. After a while, Keller and Grace’s young daughter, Anna, asks her parents if she can run home to get something with Franklin and Nancy’s little girl, Joy. All parents agree, so off the kids go. Alone. The girls don’t return, and the parents’ worst fear is brought to life.
Friday, September 20, 2013
For the sake of brevity, I’m limiting this list to the wrongfully convicted who served time in prison. Village scandal movies like The Hunt, or prisoner-on-the-run flicks like The Fugitive were not considered.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The beauty of this moment is that it hints at where Adore is taking us. As life long best friends Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright) lovingly observe their sons from afar, we gather that these are more than mere looks of admiration. These are glances of temptation. The subtlety of Watts and Wright’s acting talents discard any creepiness that could have found its way into the scene. Instead, we witness two, middle-aged women who are silently teasing themselves with What if.
Monday, September 16, 2013
You know what the first thing I want to do as soon as I finish watching Michael Mann’s epic crime masterpiece Heat? Watch it again. Despite this film’s intricate storyline and lengthy running time, it never gets old. It never grows tired or forced. It’s sharp, on the edge, right where I like crime movies to be.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Noting Scorsese’s penchant for showcasing a family unraveled, no such scene in his career is more devastating than Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro) viciously kicking his wife, Ginger (Sharon Stone) out of their house. The scene takes place shortly after Ginger has come back into town after running off with her and Ace’s daughter for several days. Ace welcomes Ginger back, but berates her at a public dinner, forcing Ginger to leave the restaurant. That night, Ace overhears Ginger whisper into the phone how badly she wants Ace killed. The camera cuts to below Ginger, just as Ace (who ingeniously moves into the camera’s focus) quietly comes up behind her. Ginger stops talking.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Three Rows Back and Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop, asked for film bloggers to review the first films from filmmakers they admire. I chose to discuss David Gordon Green’s tiny (and best) movie, George Washington. The link below directs you to my post about the film, where I critique the film itself, and inquire as to whether or not the David Gordon Green I love is in fact, back.
Below are brief thoughts on each piece of material Sorkin has written for the big and small screen. For the films, my grades are solely based on the strength of Sorkin’s script. For his TV shows, my grade is based on the overall power of the show, all aspects included. Enjoy!
Saturday, September 7, 2013
my list yesterday of neglected Supporting Actress performances, here are 10 Supporting Actor performances that deserved to be nominated alongside the leading men from their films.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Some lead actresses are made better because of the women who support them. Other supporting roles stand out on their own, separate from whoever earns top billing. Either way, here are 10 supporting actresses who should have been nominated alongside the Oscar nominated leads for their films.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Herzog has made many films, both in fictional narrative and documentary form. I’ve seen nearly all of them (only a few short films remain) and here, on the man’s 71st birthday, are my favorite of his wildly eclectic oeuvre.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Some are violent, others are angry. Some scream and shout and run, others sit quietly, waiting to explode. Grace and Mason are trained to handle anything these kids throw their way, but we, the audience, are not. Writer/director Destin Cretton knows this, and instead of exploiting our naiveté, he guides us steadily – never shocking, but consistently leveling us with brutal truth.