YESTERDAY

Yesterday is a trifle of a movie: a light, sugary sweet confection that is delicious and satisfying. It’s kind of like an early era Beatles song: bouncy, energetic, and consumed by puppy dog love. Sure, The Beatles also wrote “Don’t Let Me Down” and “A Day in the Life,” but Yesterday — written by Richard Curtis and directed by Danny Boyle — isn’t concerned with the entirety of the Fab Four’s discography, just the silly love songs they need to tell their story. And to tell it well. The premise is as preposterous as it is magical: Jack Malik (Himesh … Continue reading YESTERDAY

THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES

There’s an oft-quoted line from a 1982 Frank and Ernest comic strip: when it came to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, as good as Fred was, Ginger could do everything he did, only backward and in heels. Though both actors found success apart, history will forever pair them, as Astaire and Rodgers; much like how peanut butter and jelly never seem that far apart. The same can be said of tennis pros, Billy Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Separately, they were the best of their eras — she won both the French Open and the Australian Championship once, the U.S. … Continue reading THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES

STEVE JOBS

The new film from director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs, marks the third cinematic interpretation of Apple’s storied co-founder in the past two years — Jobs (Joshua Michael Stern, 2013) and Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (Alex Gibney, 2015) were the previous two. I have seen all three and still cannot answer the question my sister posed after the credits rolled for this iteration: “Why are people so fascinated by him?” Is it because the products his company produced are so integral to our day-to-day lives? Because we find Apple products so aesthetically pleasing? So intuitive? … Continue reading STEVE JOBS

Born On This Day – October 20

“I don’t want to make pompous, serious films; I like films that have a kind of vivacity about them. At this time of the year you think about awards and if you want to win one you think you should make serious films, but my instinct is to make vivacious films.” –Danny Boyle “I’m incapable of doing anything but rough drafts. Each time I see one of my films again, then and only then can I see what I should have done. But I only see things this clearly once the finished print is being shown on the screen everywhere … Continue reading Born On This Day – October 20

Movie Beat – 04.05.13

André Gregory: Before and After Dinner – Most people know André Gregory from My Dinner With Andre, a filmed conversation on life with his close friend and collaborator Wallace Shawn. Others know of his extensive work in the theater, some may know of his brief stint in Hollywood. But only one person knows the whole story, and it’s not Gregory, it’s his wife, director Cindy Kleine. This is a look back in the life of one man, who became a bit of a cultural icon. Never one to shy away, Gregory offers plenty to his fans, but for those who haven’t yet … Continue reading Movie Beat – 04.05.13