The Wolf of Wall Street has been awarded a nose-thumbing Bronx cheer by some critics as noisy, vulgar, flashy, disgusting and over the top— the same reasons they adored the talented but self-indulgent Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, one of the dreariest, most pointless and ludicrously overrated films of the year. O.K., it has all those things, not to mention nudity, violence, graphic sex, out-of-control drug use and filthy dialogue. It is also sensational entertainment. This $100 million extravaganza is—let’s face it—rampantly over the top. Hell, it’s by Martin Scorsese, who is always over the top. But unlike the Coen brothers, who have been getting away with murder for years, he puts thrilling stuff on the screen that is unforgettable.
Cowboys & Aliens is one of the silliest movies ever made, but so many otherwise serious people have attached their names to it that, as Arthur Miller wrote in Death of a Salesman, attention must be paid. Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard are among the tangle of producers whose credits stretch from here to the Read More
Since you won’t get mail on Monday, Columbus Day actually does count as a real holiday! But not according to Hollywood, we guess: Instead of flooding the market with ample choices for moviegoers this weekend, only one film gets a nationwide release. That’s fine for us, though; perhaps it means all of you slackers who Read More
Now that the geeks have really inherited the earth, Comic-Con has become this weird amalgam of legitimacy (say hello to James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar!) and, well, lameness (watch the cast of the now-canceled ABC Family series Middleman read through a lost script!). Since this horse-and-buggy show gets under way in San Read More
It’s 2 a.m. and you awake with a jerk, alone in your fully lit apartment and still on the couch. On TV, the credits of some movie you’ve already seen a billion times are scrolling by. It feels like rock bottom. And we know, because we’re just like you: single.
Need a movie to keep Read More
Jonathan Raban, a British novelist and travel writer surveying the political landscape of the United States from his adopted home of Seattle, wrote some of the sharpest commentary on the presidential election. He continues his run of excellent essays with a canny reading of President Obama’s Inaugural Address in the Jan. 24 Guardian. He Read More
The resurrection of Mickey Rourke is just about complete. Hollywood’s fixer-upper of the moment is close to signing on to play one of the villains in the upcoming Iron Man 2, though the trades are split on just whom Mr. Rourke will be playing. Variety claims the actor will tackle the part of Read More
CHICAGO—Jon Favreau, Barack Obama’s chief speechwriter, said that if Obama wins tonight he will deliver an address that seizes the “first opportunity for most of the country and the world to look at him as bigger than a party and as a president” and emphasize a broad message of “reaching out” across traditional divisions.
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We’ve had our eyes on Couples Retreat for a good month. The goofy Jon Favreau-Vince Vaughn reunion film that Mr. Favreau penned, off an idea from Mr. Vaughn, seems like the type of pure high-concept tripe that we’ll scoop up with the fervor of Oliver Twist. To wit: four couples visit a tropical paradise Read More
Here’s a promise: we won’t make a single "they’re so money" joke in this entire post.
Swingers friends Jon Faverau and Vince Vaughn are re-teaming for the new film Couples Retreat. The film, written by Mr. Faverau and based on an idea by Mr. Vaughn, will center on a pair of Read More