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.
If these costumed super heroes are truly the gods of our time and the films that they are in each summer are our contemporary mythological canon, then these films should reflect our current understanding of each other, including visual representation of women and minorities, instead of parading out old narrative tropes and stereotypes as if they were steadfast truths.
Rating: Minor Rock Fist Down Sequels are tough. Even if you’ve made a wildly successful first film. Even if you’ve had more than six movies to establish your continuity. Even if you have the deep pockets of a major studio like Disney. Even if you’ve got a director who’s incredibly good at writing ensembles. Sequels [...]
Besson manages to subvert audiences expectations at a few points by not delivering on big showdowns and staying true to his protagonist’s abilities and motives. That said, Lucy has still a lot wrong with it, chiefly that it’s kind of dumb.
“Under the Skin” is thrillingly alive, hearkening back to the heyday of ’70s art cinema.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the latest offering in the Marvel Studios juggernaut, and it’s a fantastic example of what the film series has to offer in terms of quality, spectacle and sheer fun. Chris Evans returns as the titular captain, the super soldier who beat the Nazis, saved New York in The Avengers and is currently [...]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one such movie that, given the beneficial hindsight of 20 or 30 years, will be seen as a turning point for a generation.
As Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) leaves his spotless, lonely high-rise Los Angeles apartment for work, he is surrounded by thousands of people doing the same thing—every one of them zoned into their own little bubble, talking to someone (or something) on devices that are networked into their home computers.
This week, Eric takes the week off for a spa visit, so Trevan and Trey enlist the help of Film School co-curator Erin Kennedy to talk about Her, August: Osage County and Lone Survivor. We’ve already talked about Her on last week’s best-of podcasts, but you’ll want to stick around for the Oscar fodder that is August: Osage County and [...]
Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes, produces and stars in Don Jon, a new romantic comedy about a New Jersey meathead who falls the girl of his dreams and has to balance his new relationship with his massive porn addiction. It is indeed a love story for the modern era.
This week Eric, Trevan and Trey return to Middle-earth with Peter Jackson for a lengthy discussion of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey before moving on to Sacha Gervasi‘s take on Alfred Hitchcock in the appropriately titled film, Hitchcock. Is the return to The Shire and Rivendell worth your time? Is 48 Frames-per-Second filmmaking the downfall of [...]
‘Hitchcock’ does a good job balancing the talented director’s obsession with the “Hitchcock blonde”, and Hitchcock’s growing insecurities with his wife’s possible affair and the increasing pressures of fully funding a film the studio has absolutely no confidence in distributing.
Wacthing ‘The Avengers’ is like watching director Joss Whedon play with really expensive action figures.
At least one of our film critics wasn’t as enthusiastic as many others have been about Marvel’s The Avengers so far. Watch the video to find out who…
‘The Avengers’ may be pure formula, but its formula done in a way that makes you remember why formulas were created in the first place: They were successful.