2013: Another Year of Moviegoing

2013 was an excellent year at the movies, but I said the exact same thing about 2012. Film critic for The New Yorker, Richard Brody, chose to open his year-end summary with this quote, “The year 2013 has been an amazing one for movies, though maybe every year is an amazing year for movies if one is ready to be amazed by movies.” I am always ready to be amazed by movies, and 2013 did not disappoint. I was consistently surprised how many movies continue to develop and unfold in my mind days, weeks, and months after I saw them. They refused to leave and I … Continue reading 2013: Another Year of Moviegoing

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

In a year where directors are inseparable from the subject of their movies (To The Wonder, Pain & Gain, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, and many more), one rises above the rest of the pack. The Wolf of Wall Street is about Jordan Belfort’s desire to become one of Tom Wolfe’s “Masters of the Universe,” a Wall Street money mogul that can rise above and pay their way out of their discrepancies. Who better to tell this tale than Martin Scorsese, a director who has spent his career chronicling those high-minded dreamers who care very little about the legality or morality … Continue reading THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Born On This Day – December 30

“The most important purpose of the commercial film-maker is to produce entertainment which will draw the largest possible number of the paying public into the cinema, and keep them there. You could gather a large number of people together to gaze at a two-headed dog, especially if you had a man with a loud enough voice announcing it; but the number of times people can be induced to pay money to see the dog is strictly limited; the wise showman provides also a bearded lady and a living skeleton – all, be it emphasized, strictly genuine. The public may be … Continue reading Born On This Day – December 30

Movie Beat – 12.25.13

47 Ronin – A ronin is a master-less samurai, a drifter, a wanderer who makes his way from village to village, performing meaningless tasks for room and board. Kai (Keanu Reeves) joins up with a bunch of other ronin, 46 to be exact, to defeat a bunch of evil spirits and demons plaguing the land. Kou Shibasaki, Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, and Min Tanaka co-star. Writers Hossein Amini and Chris Morgan retell the legendary tale with direction from Carl Rinsch. Out in wide release from Universal Pictures.   August: Osage County – Holidays mean family time. Some of … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.25.13

Movie Beat – 12.20.13

All The Light In The Sky – Marie (Jane Adams) is an actress living in Malibu and desperately needs a job. Not because she is broke or because she owes a bunch of money to the mob, but because she is middle-aged and fears that the best roles of her life are already behind her. Her niece (Sophia Takal) comes to spend the weekend, and that just brings up more problems and more insecurities. Life sure can be tough. Kent Osborne, David Siskind, Larry Fessenden, and Susan Traylor co-star, Adams co-wrote the script with director Joe Swanberg and Factory 25 … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.20.13

Movie Beat – 12.18.13

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – They’re back! After being fired and humiliated by his wife, the greatest news anchorman ever to fill the chair, Ron Burdgundy, and his compatriots are back and they are taking over the global news network. Ron and his crew mastered the 70s and local news, but can they swing with the big dogs in the 80s and round the clock news? Probably not. Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner step into their old roles, Ferrell and his funnyordie.com partner, Adam McKay wrote it and McKay directed it. Time to see if … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.18.13