THE CONGRESS

2014 has seen a slew of post-apocalyptic/futuristic themed movies, but out of all of them, Ari Folman’s half live action, half 2-D animation seems the most likely. That doesn’t mean it is great, or a particularly good movie, but its prediction seem less like science fiction and more like an eventual reality. The set-up is thus: Robin Wright plays Robin Wright, the actress who was once Princess Buttercup and Forrest Gump’s Jenny. Now, Wright is a single mother of two who is pretty much done with acting. Her son, Aaron (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is suffering from a disease that will rob … Continue reading THE CONGRESS

Movie Beat – 02.28.14

The Bag Man – The role of a Bag Man is a time-honored tradition. Heartless, ruthless and cold, the Bag Man kills for money and is hired because he kills. This Bag Man (John Cusack) has been hired by this mobster (Robert De Niro) to transport the bag to this rundown motel loaded with these shady people (Rebecca Da Costa, Crispin Glover, Dominic Purcell). Why bring all these characters under one roof? You’ll have to watch to find that out, but one thing we can be certain of, it will not end without a fair amount of bloodshed. Directed by … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.28.14

Movie Beat – 12.13.13

American Hustle – It’s all about the con, not the con-artist, but the con. Every business, every transaction, every dream levied is a con in one way or another, and director David O. Russell is out to show everyone how deep the con goes. Christian Bale and Amy Adams are the con artist, Jennifer Lawrence is his ex-wife, Bradley Cooper is the FBI agent needing a little help, Jeremy Renner is the politician who is conning everyone, and Eric Singer and David O. Russell are the writers who concocted this whole shebang. Out in limited release from Sony Pictures.   … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.13.13

Movie Beat – 10.18.13

2 Jacks – A modern and comic spin on a classic Leo Tolstoy story, “Two Hussars” set in Los Angeles. The Jacks are both movie directors, with the son following in the father’s footsteps whether he likes it or not. It’s a cutthroat business, this movie business, and it takes a cutthroat individual to make it happen. Danny Huston plays Jack Sr., Jack Huston is Jack Jr., Sienna Miller and Jacqueline Bisset play the girl, and Billy Zane and Rosie Fellner add to the cast. Bernard Rose directed and Breaking Glass Pictures gives this one a limited release.   12 … Continue reading Movie Beat – 10.18.13

Movie Beat – 10.04.13

A.C.O.D. – Adult Child of Divorce, a very common thing these days, “the least parented generation in history.” That might explain all the hang-ups. Or the parents might have just been basket cases to begin with and never should have had children in the first place. Adam Scott is the Adult Child in question who is dealing with his divorced parents played by Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara while his younger brother, played by Clark Duke, gets engaged. Jane Lynch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Amy Poehler, and Jessica Alba all join in on the fun. Ben Karlin and Stu Zicherman wrote … Continue reading Movie Beat – 10.04.13

Movie Beat – 07.19.13

The Act of Killing – Anwar Congo and his cronies helped the Indonesian army kill millions of communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals when the military took over the government in 1965. Anwar himself murdered hundreds with his own hands. Now they are movie stars. Never punished for their actions because they ended up on the right side of history, they are now recreating the murders, the atrocities, their side of the story for cameras in hopes that the truth will out and people will see them for the saviors that they see themselves. Guaranteed to chill you to your core. … Continue reading Movie Beat – 07.19.13