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
Borgman – It starts with a bang: Borgman (Jan Bijvoet) is on the run because a group of heavily armed priests are hunting him down. They locate his lair, force him out and he escapes just barely. He then comes to a suburban family’s house and asks them for a bath. They turn him away. He returns as a gardener and they accept him into their home and lives. Big mistake. Taking place in modern-day Netherland, this morality tale is played out with some very high stakes. Co-starring Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Eva van de Wijdeven and … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.06.14
“I’m proudest of the fact that I’ve been able to make a few movies in the studio system that are slightly unorthodox and personal. But it’s never quite as easy as you dream that it could be.” –Cameron Crowe Continue reading In Their Words – Saturday, July 13, 2013
What does it mean to bare witness? Is it simply to record an event, to interpret an occurrence, to prove that someone or something existed? Philosophers have speculated that the sole purpose of mankind’s existence is to bare witness to creation. If no one were here to observe and record, what would be the purpose of the creation in the first place? Jack Harper finds himself in that predicament as he shoulders the role of The Last Man. He is not the last man on Earth, nor is he the last of the human race, but he shoulders the burden of the Last Man, and that burden is to bare witness. There was a war, a terrible, devastating war, and now mankind has to leave the planet. Harper has two weeks left at his position and then he has to leave Earth behind and join the others. Man was created, man walked and worked the Earth, aliens came and obliterated that, and now Harper has to record all of this on his way out the door.
Ain’t in it For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm – Levon Helm was the drummer and primary singer for The Band. When a folk singer from Minnesota named Bob Dylan decided to plug-in, he called on The Band. In 1969 they played Woodstock. In 1976 they played the Winterland Ballroom and broke-up for the first time. Since he was a kid, Helm has been banging away at the drums, strumming guitars, and singing songs, and just because he is north of 70 doesn’t mean he is giving it up. Director Jacob Hatley catches up with Helm and documents his latest … Continue reading Movie Beat – 04.19.13
Caesar Must Die – William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is one of the most infamous and greatest pieces of theater. It has been performed a countless number of times in virtually every language. One would think that we would reach a saturation point for this particular play, but we never will, and we can thank Paolo and Vittorio Taviani and those of like mind for such inventiveness. Their staging of Julius Caesar is part documentary, part staging. The performers, harden criminals, some with no hope of parole. “Et tu, Brute?” takes on a completely different meaning to one who might have … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.08.13
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