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Listless Master Skirts More Interesting Tale

By on Mar 1, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

Paul Thomas Anderson is emerging as one of the best filmmakers of our time. He certainly strives to create art. And like any artist not every work will be a success. Roger Ebert once said of Werner Herzog, “even his failures are spectacular.” The same can be said of Anderson; as both writer and director his latest film, The Master, is certainly a spectacular failure.

Anywhere the Wind Blows

This is not to say it isn’t worth watching. The problem with the film is that Freddie Quell, played by a perfectly hollowed Joaquin Phoenix, is the central character.

All you need to know about Freddie Quell is that he drinks paint thinner.… Read the rest

The Director of Oldboy’s New Film is Hamlet Meets Lolita Meets May

By on Feb 11, 2014 in Previews | 0 comments

Park Chan-wook is one of the most visceral directors working today. What has come to be know as his Vengeance trilogy featured scenes of violence that bordered on torture porn. Oldboy, which was the middle film of that trilogy, was another beast entirely. A twisted masterpiece with some of the best scenes of the decade.

He new film Stoker is also part of a planned thematic trilogy. Starring Mia Wasikowska, who played Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and was most recently in Lawless, Dermot Mulroney who was in The Grey, and Nicole Kidman who delivers the perfect icy intro at the start of the trailer.… Read the rest

Beyond Bond: Smart Spy Films in Development

By on Feb 11, 2014 in Previews | 0 comments

Skyfall will be one of my guilty pleasures this year. With Daniel Craig signed for at least two more Bond films, there won’t be the annoying four year gap between films like there was between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.

Both the Bond and the Bourne franchises seem to be on steady ground. Jeremy Renner pulled in enough of an audience with the Bourne Legacy that the franchise could conceivably grow without its title character.

With a steady supply of popcorn spy flicks secured, I looked around to see if any more literary spy flicks were in the works. Last year’s excellent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy only wet my appetite for films that were about more than just car chases.… Read the rest

Franco Continues Literary Streak with McCarthy and Faulkner

By on Feb 10, 2014 in Previews | 0 comments

I can’t shake James Franco from his popcorn roles. When I think of him I think of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, of Pineapple Express, Your Highness, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It’s not that I am unaware of his roles in Milk or 127 Hours. It’s just that they seem tangential to how Hollywood has sold him to me as an actor. His upcoming literary projects may change that.

Having a MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University as well being in the PHD program for English at Yale, it’s no surprise that James Franco is racking up a slew of interesting literary projects. Book lovers are drawn to projects about books.… Read the rest