Hail Caesar! stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johannsen, newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, personal favorite Ralph Fiennes and features small turns from Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand and a poorly dubbed Christopher Lambert who I could’ve sworn was dead. With that many stars one wonders how even the Coen Company could handle it. The answer: they don’t.
George Clooney and Britt Robertson journey to Tomorrowland, an incredibly flawed and unexpected misstep from writer/director Brad Bird.
Stop-motion animation is a painstakingly long process, one point made perfectly clear by many of the excellent special features on the Criterion Dual Format Blu-ray-DVD combo of Wes Anderson‘s 2009 Roald Dahl adaptation Fantastic Mr. Fox.
George Clooney returns to the director’s chair with The Monuments Men, a film that is less a stirring love letter to the Greatest Generation and a bygone era in film, and more a checklist, hastily written with a crayon. Based on the true story about a group of aging art history professors and architects that were tasked [...]
This week, Eric and Trevan argue over Captain Philips while Trey talks about Blue Caprice. Then, they all come together to celebrate Alfonso Cuarón’s excellent Gravity.
The visuals, the cinematography, visual effects and sound design should garner your respect, but if you’re interested in more than just a rich visual buffet, Gravity can keep you busy pondering its many layers.
There is such detail in every frame that this is one movie you need to see in on the big screen to get the full effect.
Some honorable mentions that didn’t quite clear the quality bar included Holes, The Indian in the Cupboard, Watership Down, Stuart Little, Where the Red Fern Grows, Little Red Riding Hood, Bridge to Terabithia, Winnie the Pooh (2011), Horton Hears a Who, Coraline, Curious George (2006), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlotte’s Web, and Hook (Peter Pan deserves better).
The Greek mythology action movie Immortals and George Clooney’s The Descendants grossed about $80 million each at the box office. Both are new out on Blu-ray and DVD.
Another precursor to the Oscars, the National Board of Review has named HUGO the 2011 Best Film of the Year. Will it affect the 2012 Academy Awards?
‘The Descendants’ is another nuanced look at the tragicomic world of the modern adult male from the man who brought us ‘Election,’ ‘About Schmidt,’ and ‘Sideways.’
So there’s this little Alexander Payne-directed movie called THE DESCENDANTS that everyone’s talking about (Oscars, Oscars, Oscars, I hear…) starring George Clooney. From the stills I’ve seen, it looks like Clooney is wearing this shirt a lot: Well, we have some of the shirts to give away, along with cool posters from the movie that [...]
If you need a solid political thriller, with acceptably mediocre direction and some great acting, then ‘The Ides of March’ should satisfy.
Win advance passes to THE IDES OF MARCH starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling
This is a new column that I pitched to Eric a few weeks ago, basically because I have a lot of pent-up frustration about award shows. Thank you Eric for letting me “freelance” while all I’m really doing is venting. Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, 2009 WINNER: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) [...]