Big talents, like everybody else, deserve a day off. And sure enough, in the illustrious Woody Allen canon, To Rome With Love is a very minor entry that should be accompanied by a sign that says “Gone fishing.”
Having forsaken New York (temporarily, I hope) for an uneven European tour that includes stops in London, Barcelona and Paris, Woody now sends home a pretty but vapid tourist postcard of Rome that is nothing more than stale bolognese coarsened by a compendium of numbingly familiar clichés. Just how stale is evident as a cheesy rendition of “Volare” overwhelms the opening credits. From there, his 44th film as a director is a labored farce that makes few demands on the talents of its all-star cast and ends up as boring as it is preposterous.
The Academy has released an incomplete list of this weekend’s Oscar presenters. Based on past experience, what categories shall they present. Here are our best guesses!
Christian Bale will present Best Supporting Actress; Melissa Leo will present Best Supporting Actor; Colin Firth will present Best Actress; Natalie Portman will present Best Actor. This gender-swapping Read More
With only thirteen days left in 2009—seriously, where did this year go?—it should come as no surprise that Hollywood is pulling out the big guns. Five films reach theaters today, but all everyone will really care about come Monday is the one with 10-foot tall blue aliens. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy Read More
Running time 119 minutes
Written by Michael Tolkin and
Directed by Rob Marshall
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Stacy Ferguson
To the already overcrowded list of year-end disappointments bringing 2009 to a sorry close, you can add Read More
It might be just days before Thanksgiving (and, btw, when did that happen?), but if you head to a movie theater this weekend, don’t be surprised if it feels a little bit like summertime. The box office is littered with big-ticket effects films (the second weekend of 2012), the return of a beloved franchise (New Read More
Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli, the two handsome Italian owners of Sant Ambroeus in the West Village, were sitting recently on a spacious leather banquette in the dining room of their latest venture, Casa Lever, under the watchful Technicolor gaze of 10 original Warhol portraits (Bob Colacello, Robert Mapplethorpe, Giorgio Armani) on the opposite wall. Read More
Running time 128 minutes
Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Starring Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Tamar Novas
Broken Embraces, Pedro Almodóvar’s latest, is one of those happy moviegoing experiences where you get a bit of everything—love, sex, style, wit, thrills and mystery. And if you somehow Read More
It’s been interesting to watch the writers on this show try different things to see if they can breathe new life into a program that is plagued by complaints that it’s the same week to week. We understand the argument–there tends to be a fairly unbreakable formula (strange patient and symptoms/three or four Read More
The New York Film Festival began very softly but ended with the sizzle of director Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces on Sunday, Oct. 13.
The film follows the tangled love story of a writer and his muse, played by Penélope Cruz, in what Mr. Almodóvar called “a love declaration to the cinema.” In signature Almodóvar Read More
There are just too many promising-looking films vying for Academy voters this year—don’t forget to factor in some of these pics:
Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos): This film pairs the great Pedro Almódovar with his favorite leading lady–muse Penélope Cruz in a thriller about a blind writer (Lluís Homar) who must Read More