THE DOUBLE

The Double, an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1866 novella, is brought to the screen via writer/director Richard Ayoade and co-screenwriter Avi Korine. What Ayoade and Korine get right is Dostoyevsky’s impending sense of doom. No one is going to walk out of this situation unscathed, and they know it. The only thing left to do is play out the script, go through the motions and bring down the house. As Hunter S. Thompson used to say, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” The scenario is as such: Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is a meek and timid data processor for a … Continue reading THE DOUBLE

EDGE OF TOMORROW

Major Cage (Tom Cruise) is a bit of a weasel. The aliens have landed on Earth and started a hopeless war and Cage hasn’t lifted a finger to do anything about it. He is the PR man for the United States Military and as he puts it, “I do this so I don’t have to do that.” General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) has different plans for Cage and he is going to experience combat first hand. He has a half-baked idea of throwing Cage on the front line with a camera crew to capture some really stunning footage. Like most MacGuffins, … Continue reading EDGE OF TOMORROW

Movie Beat – 05.09.14

Breastmilk – Breast milk is better for a child and produces a more intimate connection between mother and baby than formula does, but in this fast paced business world, it just takes too long. Too long to pump, too long to abstain from a cocktail, too long to feed the child. This is American and we want things now! Of course, raising a child requires time, and breastfeeding is just one of those activities that require time. Standing firmly on the side of breastfeeding, Breastmilk is a very blunt movie about the difficulties facing the modern mother. From director Dana … Continue reading Movie Beat – 05.09.14