Born On This Day – September 21, 1957

“We’ve always actually been remarkably commercially successful. Not in terms of making huge amounts of money, which we rarely do, but in terms of not losing money and making modest amounts of money. We’re actually strangely consistent in that respect. We’ve been able to keep making movies because of that and also because, strangely, we’ve had studio patrons, starting from Barry Diller. Sometimes they’re establishment people who know they’re not going to make huge amounts of money, but they like your movies. They’re moviegoers, too.” “The movie people let us play in the corner of the sandbox and leave us … Continue reading Born On This Day – September 21, 1957

NIGHT MOVES

Night Moves, from director and co-writer Kelly Reichardt, is about three activists coming together to pull off a stunt of eco-terrorism. Set in Ashland, OR and the surrounding areas, Night Moves follows Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), an employee of an organic farm, as he enlists the aid of Dena (Dakota Fanning) and Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) in the destruction of a nearby dam. All three are amateur and none of them are prepared to deal with the consequences of their actions. Their plan is fairly simple, pack a motorboat — named Night Moves — full of homemade explosives, float it out to … Continue reading NIGHT MOVES

FRANK

Kurt Vonnegut once confessed that he was the victim of a happy childhood. What a terrible tragedy to befall one with a yen to make it in the artistic world. Any artist worth their salt has clearly risen up from an abusive upbringing, mental illness and an addiction or two. How else could they produce such great and tortured works of art? Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is one of the unlucky. The product of two supportive, well to-do suburban parents who are nothing but supportive of their child and his ambitions. As Vonnegut would say, “[that] is no way for a … Continue reading FRANK

Born On This Day – September 15, 1894

“The real source of happiness, not just in the cinema but in any kind of human endeavor, is the fact of creating. Once a thing is done, well, it’s done. Of course it’s very nice to be applauded by audiences and very unpleasant to be booed: I’ll admit that’s important, but not that important. The real thing, the real intoxication if I may call it that, is in the act of creation: that’s what matters, whether one is creating an apple pie, a film, a child or a painting.” –Jean Renoir Continue reading Born On This Day – September 15, 1894

GOD HELP THE GIRL

God help the girl, because she needs all the help that she can get. That girl is Eve (Emily Browning), a Glasgow University student who dreams of making it as a pop musician. The emphasis here is “pop” music, a format that her friend and band mate, James (Olly Alexander) — a frail asthmatic with, “the constitution on an abandoned rabbit” — sees as the highest form of musical expression. While discussing truly great pop compositions, James stumbles upon the idea that divinity is either inherent in the singer or is transmitted to them through the song. The third leg … Continue reading GOD HELP THE GIRL