The best thing Nolan does with Dunkirk is to never lose focus. He is the mariner, Mr. Dawson, and we play the part of Peter. He knows the plane just by the sound, but he still lets us see it so we can remember too. Feeling like it might be hopeless, one might be tempted to speechify and let us know the significance of it all. He just moves towards the battle, but picks up one life at a time.
Spotlight - 2015 Director Tom McCarthy Screenplay by McCarthy and Josh Singer Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Len Cariou, Jamey Sheridan, Paul Guilfoyle, Brian d'Arcy James, Billy Crudup In 2001, Marty Baron (Schreiber) is the new editor of the The Boston Globe. His perspective is that of an outsider and being so, he is not … Continue reading Spotlight (****1/2) takes the road less travelled
The Big Short - 2015 Director Adam McKay Screenplay Charles Randolph and McKay Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock, Melissa Leo There are a whole bunch of facts being spit out in The Big Short. Director and writer … Continue reading The Big Short (****) counts on us not liking bad news
Whiplash - 2014 Writer and Director Damien Chazelle Starring J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser If you are looking for the inspirational story of the year, this is not it. If you are looking to see a movie about justice, it is not this film. Whiplash is almost unidentifiable in nature, in that the … Continue reading Whiplash (*****) dashes your hopes
Birdman - 2014 Director Alejandro González Iñárritu Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Lindsay Duncan Screenplay Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo It's during the second balcony scene with Mike and Sam (Norton and Stone) that one begins to realize how riveting Birdman has become. It's not that the script is all that wonderful, … Continue reading Birdman (***1/2): Who is this guy?
Dallas Buyers Club - 2013 Director Jean-Marc Vallée Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Griffin Dunne, Dennis O'Hare, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts, Kevin Rankin Screenplay by Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack One of the unwritten rules of movie awards is weight loss or transformations of a dramatic nature leads to Golden Statues. This formula worked twice for … Continue reading Dallas Buyers Club (***) fights a bad guy too easy to criticize
The Life of Pi - 2012 Director - Ang Lee Starring - Irrfan Khan, Suraj Sharma, Ayush Tandon, Gautam Belur, Tabu, Adil Hussain , Rafe Spall, Gérard Depardieu Screenplay - David McGee based on the novel by Yann Martel A work friend of mine watched this film a few nights ago. After an first furrowing of my sophisticate's brow, I smiled: "I really enjoyed it until the … Continue reading Life of Pi: Yes, We Will Get There
The Writers - Brent Butt & Kevin White Director – Jeff Beesley A brief synopsis - Emma gets Brent's old computer, changing Oscar's whole world. Karen tries to corner Davis into bringing more than napkins to the annual picnic. Brent takes a vacation, which confuses Lacey. The best line – Wanda (to Oscar): How are we ever gonna … Continue reading Corner Gas, Episode 37: Mail Fraud
Django Unchained - 2012 Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Johnson, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Michael Parks, Dennis Christopher There is a scene that resonates deeply. On the way into Candyland, Jamie Foxx's freed slave, Django, rides along a group of men in chains. … Continue reading Django Unchained: If Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t win an Oscar, there is no justice
The Writers - Brent Butt and Mark Farrell Director – David Storey A brief synopsis - Hank has a girlfriend named Heather. Problem is, it looks like she may be from Woolerton (spit). Lacey is perplexed that no one invited her to the annual Harvest Dance. Brent and Oscar try to avoid having to eat Emma's jelly salad. … Continue reading Corner Gas, Episode 31: Harvest Dance