Blue Ruin – Dwight (Macon Blair) appears to be just another drifter who has shown up unwelcome in a random town, but that is not the case at all. He is back to settle a score, but it will cost him and put his family in danger. Dwight is not exactly assassin material, and things quickly spiral out of control. Bonnie Johnson, Eve Plumb, Amy Hargreaves, David W. Thompson and Devin Ratray co-star in this movie that was awarded the International Critics Pick at the Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and in limited release from RADiUS-TWC. … Continue reading Movie Beat – 04.25.14
300: Rise of an Empire – The Greeks and Persians are at war again in Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel, Xerese. The battle has moved from land to the sea, and the warriors have increased from 300 to a hell of a lot more. Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) is leading the Greek army against mortal turned God, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and the fierce general of the Persian Army, Artemisia (Eva Green) who has a score to settle. Supporting cast includes, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Andrew Tiernan and a horde of digital fodder all moving in varying speeds of dramatic slow motion. … Continue reading Movie Beat – 03.07.14
From the opening guitar riff of Sleigh Bells’ “Crown on the Ground” The Bling Ring announces exactly what kind of movie it is going to deliver: loud music (that will no doubt comment on the action), characters walking in slow motion to accentuate their “cool”, and a whole lot of glamour. In a lot of movies, this is trite and unnecessary, but in The Bling Ring it fits perfectly. Here are a group of kids who probably think that their life is worthy of a movie, as long as they are the stars. If they were to walk past a mirror, they would be incapable of not checking themselves out in it. They are byproduct of a celebrity culture gone haywire. Anyone can be famous or they at least can be close to someone who is famous. Twitter connects strangers directly into their hero’s thoughts and Instagram takes those beautiful people down from the larger than life screens and places them in tiny little pictures in our phones. Their pictures there, right next to your photo from last nights dinner and that bottle of wine with the label you couldn’t pronounce. They are practically our friends, and we are practically celebrities, all we need is for TMZ to show up and take our picture. That is validation enough.
Barbara – Germany’s official submission for the Foreign Language Academy Award, written and directed by Christian Petzold and starring his muse, Nina Hoss as Barbara. Set in Cold War Germany, Nina is banished to a rural East Germany hospital when she applies for an exit visa. While her lover is working on a way to get her to West Germany, Barbara lies low and tries not to entangle with anyone. Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld), the head physician of the hospital, takes a liking to her, and she to him, but she can’t be certain if he is a spy or not. … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.21.12