Scott Malchus revisits the soundtrack to that seminal film celebrating America’s two favorite past times: Sex and baseball.
GG reviews Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new movie, “Snitch”.
A look at Tim Robbins’ exemplary film in this week’s Basement Songs.
Rescue Me had a knack for sucking you in with ridiculous antics between the guys in the firehouse, and then shoving a red hot poker into your windpipe with something so heartbreaking or heartfelt that you gasped for air each time you rewound the scene to watch it over again.
The relationship a woman has with her best girlfriends is unlike any other. Join Kelly Stitzel as she takes a look at some of her favorite female friendships in film.
Bob Cashill goes on the road again with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as they hit Blu-ray.
“Temple Grandin” is the remarkable story of the title character, an autistic woman whose insight into the behavior of cattle revolutionized the way the animals are treated on ranches and slaughterhouses. This inspiring biopic stars Claire Danes as Temple, giving one of the best performances of her career.
Film legends Michael Caine and Michael Douglas return with two diversely different films. Both men, each two-time Academy Award winners, no longer have anything to prove and could easily rest on their laurels and fade from view, or churn out the same supporting roles time and again. However, both Caine and Douglas show a need to be challenged, a need to keep their muses alive, as the lead roles offered to them become fewer and fewer, particularly in a youth obsessed movie culture that cares more about effects and numbers of screens rather than story and content. Michael Caine stars in Harry Brown, a tense English thriller written by Gary Young and directed by Daniel Barber released earlier this year (and reviewed by our esteemed Mr. Cashill). Caine is the titular character, a quiet man suffering from emphysema, living in a run down apartment complex in South London. From his window he watches youths terrorize the neighborhood, yet he does nothing. He appears resigned to live out his days without getting involved. Each day, Brown …
Birds of a feather flock together this week, as I pull from the stacks two recent releases that a) have our feathered friends in their titles, b) are psychological thrillers, and c) went straight to DVD. (For reasons that soon become obvious.) The Cry of the Owl has the pedigree, based as it is on a 1962 novel by Patricia Highsmith that was previously filmed by Claude Chabrol in 1987. Highsmith’s macabre novels were the basis of the Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train (1951) and a number of films featuring her amoral con man Tom Ripley, including Purple Noon (1960), which was remade as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), and The American Friend (1977), which was revamped as Ripley’s Game (2002). If Chabrol couldn’t put it across (it’s one of the French master’s more obscure movies) I can’t quite figure out why anyone would want to redo The Cry of the Owl, the sort of book that I imagine clings stubbornly to the page. Paddy Considine and Julia Stiles, supporting players in The Bourne …
To Hollywood’s credit, there’ve been a lot of female-focused thriller/horror films coming out lately. It’s almost as if production studios in La-La Land have suddenly realized there’s a feminine demographic they could cater to/exploit. Unfortunately for the ladies, studios still think that they can just throw anything at audiences and get away with it, which is why so many of the recent “girl power”-type films have been lousy. The new horror/comedy Jennifer’s Body, written by Diablo Cody (instantly famous for penning the brilliant Juno) and directed by Karyn Kusama (AEon Flux and Girlfight, the latter of which bestowed upon the world the dubious gift of Michelle Rodriguez) is without a doubt the best of the bunch to come along thus far, although given its surprisingly uneven narrative, that’s not saying much. First off, for those of you who are wondering: yes, Kusama kept in the scene where the two leads Jennifer (Megan Fox) and her oddly named best friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) share a “controversial” lesbian kiss. It’s in close-up, it’s almost two minutes long, …