No sense trying to sum it up: 2007 was another year with a lot of mediocre movies, some really terrible ones, some disappointing ones, some good ones, and a couple truly amazing ones. I hate it when the studios wait to release all their “quality” films until the end of the year, but it looks [...]
Director Joe Wright brings the exceptional visuals, but just can’t fix the puffed up Harlequin romance novel storyline that drags this one down.
Save for the thoughtful cinematography from director Joe Wright and cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, “Atonement” verges awfully close to your garden variety British period piece. The film has moments of inspiration, but remains throughout little more than typical – like a well-funded BBC production, the type you might run into on some lazy Sunday while perusing [...]
It’s like a Bob Dylan smoothie that goes down rough. Or, an insane amalgam of ideas and music.
When writer/director Todd Haynes decided to make a movie about Bob Dylan, he was faced with a pretty big question. How do you make a biopic on one of rock n’ roll’s biggest chameleons? Rather than go the straight route and chronicle the influential songwriter’s entire career with a happy epilogue tacked on about his [...]
I recently bought a record by the band Matt Pond PA called “Wintersongs.” This excerpt from the liner notes helps explain the impetus for the EP… “In the height of summer, these were some songs that reminded us of winter. We only want what we can’t have.” It got me thinking about my favorite winter [...]
Score one for “Knocked Up”! After my all my complaining about the Golden Globes leaving off one of the best movies of the year (a comedy, of course!), the American Film Institute has put Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up” on its short list of the 10 best Films of 2007. They also included “Juno,” but at [...]
John C. Reilly is all Cox in this uneven but hilarious rock biopic send-up.
Eric here again with the latest early Oscar predictors: the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. Variety.com posted this announcement this morning, and Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild,” which was ignored by the Golden Globes, comes roaring back with some high-profile nods here. The SAG is usually a good indicator of the Oscars because actors make up [...]
Last week Eric looked at the Top 10 Christmas Scenes in non-Christmas movies. This week is another unlikely holiday list. This Top 10 is for movies set almost entirely during Christmas or the holiday season. Whether they contain any traditional Christmas cheer is debatable, but their setting makes them Christmas movies by default. Have a great [...]
Looking for a different kind of holiday movie list last week, I covered Christmas scenes that defined important moments in non-Christmas movies. Now it’s time to take on the whole enchilada. The following 11 films (I had one too many and decided to leave it on the list anyway) all take place during the holidays, [...]
Sick of the same old boring-ass Christmas Top 10s? “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story” are fine, but there’s a wealth of other Xmas-related fun to be had in film this season, so Eric presents the first of two Xmas-related Top 10s. This week, he looks at those defining moments in movies that [...]
Top Ten Tuesday is here and so is the holiday season. But, as usual, we’ve got something a bit different for you. Christmas is such an emotional time of the year that it serves filmmakers well. Whether you’re celebrating the joy of Christmas or wallowing in self-pity at a holiday spent alone, there is so [...]
J.D. kicked it off last week, and Eric closes the door with his list of great movies directed by actors. Find out how many of your favorites he left off, and tell him what you think about his choices here… and be sure to check back next Tuesday for our first seasonal Top 10 of [...]
Some of today’s biggest film directors started out as actors—Mel Gibson, Ron Howard, Clint Eastwood, and Woody Allen, for example—and in 2007 that trend only seems to have gotten bigger, with movies out by Robert Redford (“Lions for Lambs”), Sean Penn (“Into the Wild”), Sarah Polley (“Away From Her”), Julie Delpy (“2 Days in Paris”), Ben [...]