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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

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