What I know about the internecine workings of Mexican drug cartels you could fill in an egg cup—and still have enough space left over for the egg. But this I know: It’s a subject and a subculture that has got to be more fascinating than anything in gonzo director Oliver Stone’s deadly, hateful, preposterous and cliché-riddled movie Savages. He even makes the violence look dull.
Based on one of those Don Winslow carnage epics that appeal to grown men who still read comic books, Savages boogies to the beat of an assault weapon, cutting back and forth between the cold-blooded drug lords in Tijuana and the stoner gringos of Southern California, fighting it out for billions in the Baja Peninsula. The convoluted plot, which would be difficult to decipher with the aid of a microscope, is as familiar as any one of a thousand cable network television series—and Mr. Stone’s dialogue is as wooden as a rocking chair, possibly because his script was co-written by the dubious Shane Salerno (Alien vs. Predator) and novelist Don Winslow, whose grasp of the way real people talk is as phony as reality TV.
File the over $114 million the top-three films earned this weekend under: release movies, people will come. Hollywood used the combination of Valentine’s Day and President’s Day to unfurl three high-powered films and the results were predictably green. As we do each Monday, here’s a breakdown of the top five at the box Read More
For Hollywood, the long winter of discontent officially starts to thaw this weekend—never mind the foot of snow still piled in front of your apartment building. Three big studio flicks hit theaters today and, as usual, there’s something for everyone. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
Valentine’s Day Read More
Running time 125 minutes
Written by Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self
Directed by Joe Johnston
Starring Benicio Del Toro,
Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt
Rating: Two and a Half Eyeballs out of Four
Old monsters never die. They just keep coming back, in an endless series of unnecessary remakes. So get Read More
Monday: Gossip Girl
There is some wear on these treads—specifically with regards to Blair, who has been spinning her wheels in a swampy mess of weekly plotting and scheming for no real reason other than the script telling her to do so—but those breathlessly wailing about the demise of Gossip Girl couldn’t have Read More
Monday: Boy Interrupted
As part of their summer-long documentary film series—which airs every Monday at 9—HBO is premiering Dana Perry’s Boy Interrupted, a harrowing look at the life and death of her 15-year-old son, Ryan, who committed suicide after a battle with bipolar disorder. We haven’t seen the 2009 Sundance Grand Jury prize Read More
There wasn’t a single free seat at the Friday night screening of Che at the Ziegfeld Theatre. A sign at the box office window informed attendees that the historic 1,131-seat theater was completely sold out.
Reviews for Steven Soderbergh’s two-part biopic of Latin American revolutionary and T-shirt model Ernesto "Che" Guevara (played by co-producer Benicio Read More
Spencer Morgan did a little digging and found out that when Marquee shut down over the summer because of a water main break, there were also some shady dealings going on there. Is Marquee owner Noah Tepperberg in a whole lot of legal hot water?
Irina Aleksander sweet-talked her way into Liam McMullan‘s Read More
The Daily Transom is not easily starstruck. But when Benicio Del Toro offered to "wine and dine" us in atonement for allowing someone to interrupt our conversation after the Monday evening screening of his new film, Che, directed by Steven Soderbergh, we must admit we had a … moment. After all, the food and drinks Read More
It seems almost criminally insane that a new Steven Soderbergh movie(s), starring Bencio Del Toro in an awards baiting performance as Che Guevara, wouldn’t get picked up by a major studio, but that’s just what happened. After a tepid showing at Cannes, and a brief flirtation with Magnolia Films, both parts of Che, Read More