So Netflix just released the trailer for their new show House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey. Along with extra seasons of Arrested Development and an Eli Roth-directed horror series Hemlock Grove, House of Cards is part of Netflix’s gamble into original content. And while we can’t say for sure, it looks like this high-stakes political drama might pay off, big time.
Never let it be said that Netflix doesn’t understand how its users watch TV shows–all at once, in a binge-y, snack-filled fugue state.
The first time Kevin Spacey gave The Observer chills was at the end of The Usual Suspects, the brilliantly tricky 1995 noir in which he played “Verbal” Kint, seemingly a small-time, crippled con man narrating the story of the terrifying crime kingpin Keyser Söze. In the movie’s final, unexpected twist, Kint limps away from the office in which he has been talking, and it slowly becomes clear to the cop still sitting there—and to the audience—that we’ve been duped, that Kint’s story was an invention. Kint, meantime, walks to a waiting car, and as does so, his limp smoothly—terrifyingly—disappears.
Described in the production notes as an “entangling thriller”, Margin Call is definitely knotted, but it’s about as thrilling as the monthly statement of a failing Individual Retirement Account on the verge of a bank foreclosure. Set in the first 24 hours of the 2008 financial crisis, Margin Call, confusingly written and boringly directed by J. C. Chandor, proves again why Wall Street is so neurotic and disconnected. You need to hire a systems analyst to follow it, and even if you do, you may wish you hadn’t bothered.
It’s official: I’ve lost my mojo (temporarily, I hope) and I’m ready for the cracker factory. How else to explain the fact that I actually had a very good time laughing myself silly at a rude romp called Horrible Bosses? Crudely contrived, filled with the kind of sexual gags, filthy dialogue, homophobic jibes, misogynistic insults Read More
Nicole Kidman is here, trying to smile up some new interest in both a career that has turned anemic and a movie version of the Broadway play Rabbit Hole, which underscores her rarely tapped depths as a dramatic actress. As movies lose luster and star wattage dims, you wouldn’t guess it this week in Toronto. Read More
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Running time 93 minutes
Written by Peter Straughan
Directed by Grant Heslov
Starring George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges
The Men Who Stare at Goats, the latest George Clooney fiasco, is like getting stung by a wasp on the inside of your eyelid. You Read More
Running time 110 minutes
Written by Thomas Moffett
Directed by Jonas Pate
Starring Kevin Spacey, Mark Webber, Dallas Roberts, Robin Williams, Jack Huston, Saffron Burrows
Not since The Informers, based catatonically on the idiotic Bret Easton Ellis book, has the screen unleashed a Hollywood abortion as dismal and dead-on-arrival as Read More
Jeffrey Epstein, the money manager who will soon start serving 16 months in jail for soliciting underage prostitutes, first came to the media’s attention in 2002 when he used his mysteriously acquired wealth to fly some newfound friends like former President Bill Clinton, and actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker, to Africa on his private Read More