(Welcome to my premiere Twitch column, where personal reflection and observation collide with film and fun. I hope you enjoy it...) Seems like we spent a lot of time in the car. As a kid, we rarely flew anywhere. When... More »
"This is how it's done - The best big budget event movie since STAR TREK." "Aloneness is universal... If you don't have that to start with, then you don't find what is truly rich in community." "When movies are... More »
Tired of so many look-alike movies, each one cobbled together from imitation parts of the same unworthy blueprint? Want something unique, something marvelously different? Your wish is granted - here lands THE FAIRY! Beautifully off-kilter, romantic yet weird, zany... More »
Jean-Luc Godard made VIVRE SA VIE in 1962, at the relative beginning of his feature film career as a French New Wave icon and cinema provocateur. It stars his then-wife, the beautiful Anna Karina, as a Paris hooker who... More »
François Truffaut echoed Jean Renoir when he explained the virtues of filming reality, stating that there is nothing more magical to him than reality. Interesting sentiment, especially coming from Truffaut, but he obviously wasn't made to sit through THE... More »
If Bob Marley had only written "Three Little Birds" and "Redemption Song", in my book, he'd still be a worthy subject of a two-and-half hour documentary. I'm no reggae connoisseur, owning no Bob Marley albums, (I do own "The... More »
To paraphrase a thought put forth by film critic Richard Schickel and recently utilized by Neal Gabler, Hollywood knows how to make only two types of movies - Oscar movies, and movies for teenagers. Generally speaking, that's true. Thankfully,... More »
There's no getting around it - in the long and questionable history of unnecessary movies, this one has to rank near the top of that list. The thought of three new actors dressed up in iconic Moe, Larry & Curly... More »
I've never tasted sushi; I've been waiting for the movie. Finally, it's arrived! Filmmaker David Gelb's JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is one of the best food documentaries I've ever seen. (And yes, I've seen a few of them.) Process, tradition... More »
What is it to love your enemy? That's not a question I hear very often at the movies. That's a question I hear at church. It's been said that the two, movie going and church going, aren't as different as... More »
"What's the deal with kids today?" An age-old question that one doesn't need to be ages old to ponder. It comes up among the thirty-something AMERICAN PIE veterans as they find themselves crashing a debauched teen beach party. (Leave... More »
Nostalgia can be a bewitching bedfellow, particularly when it comes to the ways of love. As CHICO & RITA, the surprise nominee for Best Animated Feature at the recent Academy Awards, is finally reaching the screen here in St. Louis,... More »
As the sequel to a remake of an original with no sequel, WRATH OF THE TITANS stands as both a cauldron of possibilities and perhaps the quintessential follow-up film that no one asked for. Yes, the dark and self-serious 2010... More »
Honoring one's father can be an intensely frustrating thing, particularly when his actions have posed a true danger for his family. So goes the tragic inter-relational deterioration as depicted in writer/director Joshua Marston's (MARIA FULL OF GRACE) second feature,... More »
Hitting the scene as perhaps the world's current and foremost-presold film franchise, "The Hunger Games" has zero aspirations about succeeding as a stand-alone work. We're clearly looking at Film One of a Multi-Part Saga, and it has the non-resolution... More »
Never let it be said that "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" doesn't deliver what it promises. There's plenty of salmon fishing, and sure enough, it happens in the arid, rocky Yemen region. The film tells the tale of how... More »
You know what they say: Those things'll kill ya. I'm actually not referring to cigarettes, although their own dangerously addictive qualities are the topic of this talky film. No, I'm referring to the semi-recent rash of activism documentaries. Over-indulge... More »
Jason Segel and Ed Helms experience a wild day of self-discovery and low budget indie cred in the Flying Duplass Brother's "Jeff, Who Lives at Home". Segel is Jeff, a thirty-year old softhearted stoner, content to an existence of... More »
When they first coined the notion of auteur theory fifty or so years ago, no one, of course, had Madonna-as-filmmaker in mind. But, being that auteurism is to view the director at center of all things within a given... More »
There's a place in France where the naked ladies dance. And they dance quite well, thank you very much. That place is the world famous Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris, and Frederick Wiseman's documentary is the hole in the... More »
I cut the cable cord last year, but I'm not always happy about it. I had to wait a year before seeing Season 2 of Game of Thrones, for example, and will have to wait to see Season 3 until next year. I only have to wait to see Mad...
Another Twitchvision chat with Scott Laurie, this time me gushing about J.J.'s latest Star Trek film, which I unabashedly loved.Also talked about he fabbo Mud, and the less fabbo The Iceman, both with Michael Shannon doing his thing.Video embedded below.Update: Was asked to come in today and pick a few...
While Henri-Georges Clouzot is best remembered for many of his later films, including The Wages of Fear and Diabolique, the French filmmaker's 1942 debut has gone largely unseen by Western audiences until now. The Murderer Lives at 21 (L'Assassin Habite au 21), based on the novel by Belgian author Stanislas-Andre...
Much has already been written, both on these pages and many others, about the landmark Hollywood-China co-production that is Marvel and DMG Entertainment's Iron Man 3. The film, directed by Shane Black, is the third solo outing for Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark, and has proved a phenomenal success around...
CHAPTER 4: THE PHILOSOPHY OF ANNA KARINA AND BUTT PLUGSI'm sitting outside at a small Café that my editor told me to meet him at. I'm a 10 minute walk from the Marche Du Film convention hall and I'm still waiting for my editor to arrive so he take guide...