Film Review: MAD MAX – FURY ROAD May22

Film Review: MAD MAX – FURY ROAD

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Directed by George Miller Written by George Miller and Brendan McCarthy Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult It is quite an achievement for a director to come back thirty years later and make a sequel that takes every strength in his original film and raises the bar. Figuring out how to use the technology that has been developed in the meantime is in itself amazing. Although I am sure Miller had ample help with this, he had to incorporate it into his vision of the film. It’s hard to imagine a better action film this summer. Or in many summers. And I am not generally a fan of such films, although I...

Film Review: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD May15

Film Review: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD Directed by Thomas Vinterberg Written by Thomas Hardy (novel) and Dave Nicholls (screenplay) Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge I don’t know if it was the late sixties curriculum or my particular English teacher, but we read a lot of Thomas Hardy in high school. His themes seemed to resonate with the ideals of a Christian high school. Characters were punished for sins both large or small in his novels. Or punished just for the heck of it. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD was not one of the novels we read however. I also missed the seventies film so I went into the theater...

THE THIRD MAN: This  Graham Green classic returns to theaters May07

THE THIRD MAN: This Graham Green classic returns t...

THE THIRD MAN, Carol Reed’s 1949 classic is not only returning to theaters, but getting some serious tender love and care before doing so. Rialto Pictures have announced they are giving THE THIRD MAN a 4k restoration before it comes to a theater near you. TTM will begin it’s run at New York’s Film Forum on June 26 (2-week run) and L.A.’s Nuart on July 3. Engagements in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Seattle, Philadelphia and other major markets will follow. A rare collaboration of legendary producers Alexander Korda and David O. Selznick, THE THIRD MAN was Reed’s second teaming with novelist/screenwriter Graham Greene. An...

Film Review: EX MACHINA May01

Film Review: EX MACHINA

Ex Machina Written and Directed by Alex Garland Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Issac, Sonaya Mizuno I’m going to try to tell you how great this movie is without telling you exactly why. It’s the story of a young programmer, Caleb, (Gleeson) at a very large Internet company, who’s chosen to perform a Turing test on an humanoid (Vikander)created by the company’s creator, Nathan. (Issac). Caleb is flown to a remote island where his assignment is laid out for him. The humanoid is Ava and he will spend most of his time with her, assessing his employer’s success in advancing the technology, in...

Film Review: LE JOUR SE LEVE (DAYBREAK) Apr24

Film Review: LE JOUR SE LEVE (DAYBREAK)

LE JOUR SE LEVE (DAYBREAK) Directed by Marcel Carne Written by Jacques Viot Starring: Jean Gabin, Jules Berry, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty LE JOUR SE LEVE debuted in 1939 and quickly ran into trouble. Almost immediately it fell into the hands of the Vichy regime and numerous changes were made to make it more palatable to fascist standards of the time. The film now making the rounds of art houses has been fully restored with all the missing parts reinstated. And what a terrific film it is. Gabin plays a sand-blaster in a working class French town who murders another man and barricades himself in his sixth floor room where he considers the...

EVERY SECRET THING: new trailer and release date Apr17

EVERY SECRET THING: new trailer and release date

A year after debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival, EVERY SECRET THING resurfaces with a new trailer and a national release date of May 15th. The film is based on the Laura Lippman novel of the same name and stars Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald. When a young girl in a small town goes missing, the crime resembles a similar disappearance from seven years prior that ended in tragedy. Police officer Nancy Gates (Elizabeth Banks) , still haunted by the outcome of that case, believes the answers to this present-day kidnapping lie with the previous crime’s perpetrators: two now-teenaged girls named Alice...