THE FAMILY

The Family is about a four piece Brooklyn mafia family that is moving to Normandy, France as a part of the FBI witness relocation program. It is written and directed by Luc Besson (with co-writer Michael Caleo), executive produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars Robert De Niro. Frankly, all three of them should have known better. One would think that after decades of making excellent movies (many of which are in the gangster genre) that they could smell a dud, but apparently that isn’t so. Not every movie works, but most work better than this. De Niro’s Giovanni Manzoni, an … Continue reading THE FAMILY

Movie Beat – 09.13.13

And While We Were Here – A young bride is on vacation in Italy. While her husband is busy preparing for a concert, she tours the city and bumps into a young traveler. It should be no surprise that the husband works too much and doesn’t pay her enough attention, that the young traveler fawns over her with honesty that she has never seen before, that she is torn between two possible lives… We’ve seen this movie a hundred times, read this book a thousand times, heard this story more times than we can count. This is not a case … Continue reading Movie Beat – 09.13.13

Oscars 2013

Sunday is the Eighty-Fifth Academy Awards Ceremony and with it, the conclusion of the Award Season. Twenty-four categories, one hundred and twenty-two nominees, fifty-two movies… It’s time for Oscar! ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln Cooper and Jackman both give good performances, Washington and Phoenix both gave great performances, but Day-Lewis is in a league on his own. He’s that good, and it’s entirely plausible that his Lincoln will be considered the Lincoln for years to come. Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables Joaquin Phoenix – The Master Denzel Washington – Flight ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Alan … Continue reading Oscars 2013

LINCOLN & A ROYAL AFFAIR

It’s the end of the year, and that means that the theaters are loaded up with movies that are all vying for spots on Top Ten Lists and those all important Oscars nominations. Films about important things are seen as important films, and if they can crib from important moments in history, then it raises their prestige even more. History is a lot more fun if we can recognize our favorite actors. There are two films currently in release, one American, one Danish, that are both historical dramas focusing on a major moment in their nation’s history: in America’s corner, Lincoln, … Continue reading LINCOLN & A ROYAL AFFAIR

Movie Beat – 11.09.12

The weekend is upon us, and here we have ten new films out in cinemas for our viewing pleasures. Which one catches your eye? Citadel – Creepy kids and agoraphobia, what a lovely combination. Tommy (Aneurin Barnard) suffers from chronic agoraphobia ever since he watched a pack of feral children attack and kill his wife. Now, they seem intent on killing his daughter. Tommy teams up with a priest (James Cosmo) to try and learn what drives them, and the answers that lie within The Citadel. Ciaran Foy writes and directs his feature debut, which looks like it will scare the pants off … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.09.12