February 16, 2011
What we need are more serious movies with multiracial characters/casts that aren’t SCARE QUOTES MOVIES ABOUT RACE END SCARE QUOTES. We need more movies that simultaneously are and aren’t about race: movies that are dramas and comedies, about love, death, the usual human plots—and also happen to be about race.
December 31, 2010
The year in film offered a critical mass of girls on fire: self-possessed, irrepressible young female characters played by self-possessed, irrepressible young female actors—girls, as Huck Finn would say, “just full of sand.”
December 28, 2010
by Bill Morris
The army of Beat hagiographers operates under the illusion that dissecting the personal lives of writers is essential to – even preferable to – understanding their writing.
October 15, 2010
by Sonya Chung
How can we have perspective on Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s 26 year-old founder, or the cultural power of Facebook, when the phenomena – both man and network – are clearly still evolving, in both our realities and our collective minds?
October 8, 2010
I find with bad movies that usually there comes a point at which I realize that no matter what follows, there’s little chance that the film is going to be good.
September 24, 2010
by J.T. Price
James Franco was in his own synch, the pleasure of recognition trailing every gesture, consciousness of that pleasure gleaming in his eyes. It was part and parcel to the thrill of his being there, the spectacle of someone who had believed in the love of an imagined audience, the romance of possibility. There was just one thing…
September 21, 2010
By the standards of most “historical” documentaries, The Civil War lacks a certain testicular fortitude. It is, well, rather bookish.
September 2, 2010
Julia Roberts may star in the movie Eat, Pray, Love. But it’s Elizabeth Gilbert who’s turning in the performance of a lifetime.
August 25, 2010
At the start, the film’s world is shaped by Thatcher and the Falklands and council housing and having no money; the youth, as is their wont, are acting out and wearing silly clothes.
August 24, 2010
by Anne Shulock
Adapting a short story is a different animal from novel-to-movie adaptations, as both stories and movies are meant to be consumed in one sitting. Jeffrey Eugenides’ “Baster” is a good opportunity for an adaptation; it’s funny, with a high-concept plot, and it’s not impressionistic or experimental.