TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

Leo Tolstoy opened Anna Karenina with a doozy: “All happy familiars are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” An aphorism that holds true on any day, but for Ryder and his family, that day is today. Ryder (Logan Miller) and his parents, Cindy (Robin Weigert) and Don (Richard Schiff), drove across the country, from California to Nebraska, for Grandma’s birthday and even though they haven’t even arrived, tension is already building. “Don’t tell them you’re gay,” Cindy advises her seventeen-year-old son. Her advice is stifling — how can he not be? — but Cindy is from … Continue reading TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

Movie Beat – 02.22.13

Saturday is the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Sunday, The Oscars, and then that’s it. No more awards and the books on 2012 are finally closed. Time to move on. Well, not quite yet, next weekend maybe, but with the bulk of movie talk this weekend focused on the best in last years cinema, the studios are saving their big movies for March where they will get a little more attention. Not a terrible crop of movies out this week, just a touch on the thin side. It’s Oscar Weekend after all! 11 Flowers – We don’t get to choose … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.22.13