THE BFG

What motivates an artist to return time and time again to the formative and gentle years of childhood? Is it a rejection of the adult world, the world of responsibility and accountability? Or is it a plea to the next generation? Here is where we failed, please to be avoiding these pitfalls. Those who tell stories about their experience are trying to understand now. Those who tell children’s tales, try to understand the future. What makes the latest Roald Dahl cinematic adaptation, The BFG, a success is that the forces behind the movie are nothing if not fascinated about what … Continue reading THE BFG

THE BIG SHORT

We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore. Well, maybe not. The Big Short is director and co-writer Adam McKay’s run at a All the President’s Men or Network, and though it comes up short *cough cough* in both cases, it is a compelling movie about a complicated subject. With a 150 minute running time, McKay manages to explore four outlying financial investor groups who managed to predict the housing collapse of 2008, and in one case, by a foresight of two years. How America found itself in the middle of such a colossal crisis is … Continue reading THE BIG SHORT

Movie Beat – 08.08.14

About Alex – They once were the closest of friends, but they lost touch. Then, Alex (Jason Ritter) tried to kill himself. Thankfully, he failed and to commemorate his failure, the gang is getting back together at a cabin for the weekend to hash it all out. Then sex got in the way. It always does. Starring Maggie Grace, Max Greenfield, Aubrey Plaza, Jane Levy and Max Minghella. Written and directed by Jesse Zwick. In limited release from Screen Media Ventures.   Deepsea Challenge 3D – James Cameron is a filmmaker best known for his giant blockbuster smashes that own … Continue reading Movie Beat – 08.08.14

Movie Beat – 8.9.13

Elysium – The year is 2154, and the rift between the haves and the have-nots has gotten a little out of control. The haves live on a space station orbiting Earth, Elysium. No disease, no crime, no poverty, nothing to disturb your pleasant valley Sunday. The rest of us, live/survive on Earth. A desolate and ruined planet that has not yet been cleaned up by Wall-E. Max (Matt Damon) lives on Earth, but needs to get to Elysium, and there are a few people who can help him. Co-starring Jodi Foster, Sharlto Copley, and William Fichtner. From writer/director Neill Blomkamp … Continue reading Movie Beat – 8.9.13

LIFE OF PI

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is a triumph. Adapted from Yann Martel’s novel, it was widely considered to be unfilmable, but here it is. It is a living, breathing film that is a beautiful thing to behold. Drawing on many different myths and religions, Life of Pi doesn’t just recount the stories of Christ, Buddha, and the Upanishads, it visually embodies them. The master of comparative mythology, Joseph Campbell, was paraphrasing Freud when he wrote, “Dreams are private myths, myths are public dreams.” So it is with stories and cinema. Life of Pi is it’s own myth. Pi (Irrfan Khan) is a … Continue reading LIFE OF PI