ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood is a fairy tale of two houses. Inside one lives Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio, magnificent), a TV star cut from the Steve McQueen fold. Simultaneously in his prime and all washed up, Dalton spends most of his time around Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), Dalton’s one-time stunt double, now driver/gopher/drinking buddy; a close friend who is “more than a brother, less than a wife,” according to the movie’s narrator. Continue reading ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD

ALLIED

From the birth of talking pictures in the late 1920s to the emergence of the European New Wave and rising counter-culture in the 60s, Hollywood studio movies dominated the American market. We now broadly define these movies as Classic Hollywood, but during their heyday they were romantic. They were pictures of beautiful people, doing beautiful things, wearing beautiful dresses and suits while speaking beautifully composed sentences. They never worried about paying rent or finding a parking space, they woke up with their make-up on and were never behind in a conversation. It was fantasy, and audiences ate it up like … Continue reading ALLIED

THE BIG SHORT

We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore. Well, maybe not. The Big Short is director and co-writer Adam McKay’s run at a All the President’s Men or Network, and though it comes up short *cough cough* in both cases, it is a compelling movie about a complicated subject. With a 150 minute running time, McKay manages to explore four outlying financial investor groups who managed to predict the housing collapse of 2008, and in one case, by a foresight of two years. How America found itself in the middle of such a colossal crisis is … Continue reading THE BIG SHORT

Movie Beat – 10.25.13

Blood Brother – Documentary about Rocky Braat, a young and successful American searching for meaning and purpose in his life. He finds it in India, with a bunch of HIV infected kids who are doing their best not just to survive, but to enjoy life on the way out. Braat comes face to face with the beauty and horror that exists simultaneously, and tells his story, hoping to inspire others. Directed by Steve Hoover and out in very limited release. Check here for when it will be playing in a theater near you.   Blue Is The Warmest Color – … Continue reading Movie Beat – 10.25.13

Movie Beat – 10.18.13

2 Jacks – A modern and comic spin on a classic Leo Tolstoy story, “Two Hussars” set in Los Angeles. The Jacks are both movie directors, with the son following in the father’s footsteps whether he likes it or not. It’s a cutthroat business, this movie business, and it takes a cutthroat individual to make it happen. Danny Huston plays Jack Sr., Jack Huston is Jack Jr., Sienna Miller and Jacqueline Bisset play the girl, and Billy Zane and Rosie Fellner add to the cast. Bernard Rose directed and Breaking Glass Pictures gives this one a limited release.   12 … Continue reading Movie Beat – 10.18.13

Movie Beat – 06.21.13

The Attack – Amin is a Palestinian surgeon, fully integrated into Tel Aviv society, with a beautiful wife, a promising career, and a whole society of Jewish friends. It is all turned upside down by a suicide bombing. The police regret to inform him that his wife died in the blast, and to make matters worse, she was the bomber. Amin enters Palestinian territory to clear her name and prove her innocence, but there is a problem, it’s possible that she wasn’t brainwashed. Starring Ali Suliman, Yevgenya Dodina, Karim Saleh, Reymond Amsellem, Uri Gavriel, and Dvir Benedek, written and directed … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.21.13

Movie Beat – 11.30.12

California Solo – Lachlan (Robert Carlyle) is an aging, washed-up Britpop star living on a farm outside of Los Angeles. He likes his work, where he lives, his podcast about flame-out rock stars, and a girl he has his eye on. One night he gets a DUI and things get worse from there. An old drug charge is brought back up, and Lachlan is faced with the threat of deportation. To stay in America, he will have to convince his wife that he divorced and the child he barely sees that it is important to both of them that he … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.30.12