Big Apple Idolatry
Movies get crazier and more incomprehensible every day, but you don’t know demented until you see Winter’s Tale. This metaphysical howl is such a plodding, pretentious, time-wasting speed bump in the history of motion pictures that it’s hard to believe it wasn’t directed by Charlie Kaufman, Wes Anderson or Andy Warhol. Only time will tell, but I doubt if even the fans of unwatchable trash such as Synecdoche, New York and I Married a Monster From Outer Space will sit through it in one piece.
– Just in time for the vice presidential debates, here’s Paul Ryan looking like Zach Morris’s stand-in during a TIME Magazine photo shoot that teased him by saying it was considering naming him its man of the year. Yeah, right!
Garbage comes in all sizes, and every one of them seems to fit into a load of violent, hateful and incomprehensible trash called Seven Psychopaths. Written by talented Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, who shocked Broadway audiences with dark, funny, gothic creepshows like The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan and A Behanding in Spokane,this movie is proof that moving to Hollywood is poisonous Kool-Aid to the creative process. Kneeling at the trough of Hollywood pop psychobabble that has come to symbolize the New Cinema, Mr. McDonagh seems to have taken leave (temporarily, I hope) of his senses. He proved in 2008, with a brooding job called In Bruges, about hit men on holiday in Belgium, that he cannot stretch his bristling ideas into one full-length feature. Unfortunately, he also thinks he’s a director—a job for which he shows no patience, aptitude or proficiency. The result is a twitching convulsion of vicious drivel passing itself off as a movie, which can be best appreciated by the kind of people who dig Showgirls, the Saw franchise and Spike Jonze-Charlie Kaufman flicks.
For starters, the title means nothing.
Running time 111 minutes
Written and directed by Scott Cooper
Starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal,
Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall
Jeff Bridges is not aging well, but when he stopped shaving, he started acting. The acting shows in Crazy Heart, an otherwise boring slice of country-fried steak with an exceptional performance by the Read More
Monday: The Big Bang Theory
Everyone complains about the lack of decent sitcoms on television right now, but there are a few winners out there: How I Met Your Mother, The New Adventures of Old Christine, 30 Rock. We aren’t totally prepared to bump The Big Bang Theory into the all-star category yet, but with Read More
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Alex Rodriguez split his Thanksgiving day between wife Cynthia‘s house in Miami (where his children live) and Madonna‘s house on Read More
As the temperatures slowly lower themselves towards sweater levels, it’s time for Hollywood to start the fall season at the box office in earnest. With two highly anticipated genre films hitting screens, this is sure to be the most lucrative weekend since August. Here’s a handy guide to the weekend’s new releases:
What’s Read More
It seems like the rumors may have been confirmed: Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell will each fill in for Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Cinematical reports via Ain’t It Cool News, the insidery movie and comics blog that broke the scoop early Read More
Running Time 107 minutes
Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh
Starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes
Noted playwright Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, from his own screenplay, is set and literally immersed in the well-preserved medieval Belgian city described as the “Venice of the North,” a title once Read More
A few days before the opening of their movie In Bruges, actor Colin Farrell and writer-director Martin McDonagh sat comfortably beside one another at the Regency Hotel. The film, which co-stars Brendan Gleeson, is about two hit men holed up in Bruges—a perfectly preserved medieval city in Belgium—after a job gone horribly awry. “I was Read More