2014: A Year of Moviegoing

2014, like any year prior to it, was a magnificent year for moviegoing. Granted, there were the duds, the sequels, the franchises and once again, a Michael Bay Transformers movie took the number one spot at the box office, but they pale in comparison to the slew of inventive, creative and original movies that found their way on to screens big and small. Depending on who you read, there were somewhere between 600 and 900 movies released in 2014. Certainly no shortage of options for adventurous moviegoers. Of those 600 to 900 new releases, I clocked in with 200 (an arbitrary goal I set for myself last January, … Continue reading 2014: A Year of Moviegoing

GOD HELP THE GIRL

God help the girl, because she needs all the help that she can get. That girl is Eve (Emily Browning), a Glasgow University student who dreams of making it as a pop musician. The emphasis here is “pop” music, a format that her friend and band mate, James (Olly Alexander) — a frail asthmatic with, “the constitution on an abandoned rabbit” — sees as the highest form of musical expression. While discussing truly great pop compositions, James stumbles upon the idea that divinity is either inherent in the singer or is transmitted to them through the song. The third leg … Continue reading GOD HELP THE GIRL

Movie Beat – 03.14.14

The Anonymous People – It would be safe to say that everyone knows someone who either is or has been an addict. Two out of every three families deal with someone who has a destructive and crippling addiction, and as a nation we turn a blind eye to it. Far too often we assume that the addict could simply decide to take control and wake-up, or that they are make a conscious decision to continue the addiction. It’s a shameful cross these Anonymous People carry, but they are doing what they can to get the message out and spread the … Continue reading Movie Beat – 03.14.14