LISTEN UP PHILIP

“I want you to contextualize my sadness,” Philip says. “Put whatever you’re going through into perspective.” Philip delivers this line to his girlfriend, but he might as well address it directly to the camera. Or to the world. As far as Philip is concerned, it’s all the same thing. Galileo was wrong; the Earth is in fact geocentric. And it revolves around him. In Listen Up Philip, Philip Lewis Friedman (Jason Schwartzman) joins the list of cinema narcissists, a long line if there ever was one. The dialog I chose to open this review comes in the final fifteen minutes … Continue reading LISTEN UP PHILIP

AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

  Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is the perfect antidote to anyone who has spent the summer overwhelmed by too many CG fight-scenes, too much frantic cutting, too much shaky handheld camera work, too many sequels and too many reboots. Saints is quiet, methodical, even meditative in its approach. It is a slow burn of emotion, not taking anyone toward a left turn or surprise destination, but to a dead-end. Everyone on board knows exactly where this ride is going to let off, yet they all climb aboard. Their life is just one long, hot summer day. The heat is unrelenting … Continue reading AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

Movie Beat – 08.16.13

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) is trying to get back to the love of his life, Ruth (Rooney Mara). While he’s been away in prison, Sheriff Patrick Wheeler (Ben Foster) has been keeping an eye on Ruth, and now that Muldoon is out, Wheeler has to go looking for him. Ruth has plans of her own, and when people stand between you and your beloved, they don’t amount to a hill of beans. Sometimes it doesn’t matter which side of the law you are on, what matters are your intentions. Cue the shootout. Written and directed by … Continue reading Movie Beat – 08.16.13