Screen View: Hereafter

Clint Eastwood is our finest living director. He tells sentimental stories without gloss or pretense. Every frame counts, but he isn't afraid to linger on a scene. He trusts his characters and the narrative -- which means he trusts his actors and screenwriters. You won't find any extravagance serving only the director's vanity (pay attention James … Continue reading Screen View: Hereafter

Film view: The Social Network

Amy and I watched The Social Network over the weekend. As critics have noted, this is a surprisingly captivating film given its subject. If you don't know, it's the story of how Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook, becoming the youngest billionaire in the process. It's also about how he may have cheated his best friend and … Continue reading Film view: The Social Network

Movie Review: Inglourious Basterds

What to make of Quentin Tarantino? Personally, I've come to see him as a major fraud. Not that his movies stink. They don't. But they are hardly the works of genius his fan boys claim. That the Academy Award folks seem to love him mystifies me. Take Inglourious Basterds, for instance. I finally was able to view … Continue reading Movie Review: Inglourious Basterds

Film view: Once Upon A Time In America

Once Upon A Time In America, the gangster picture directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods, has had a very volatile history since its U.S. release in 1984. Leone created what he thought was his masterpiece, only to have his U.S. distributor butcher it -- cutting over an hour and … Continue reading Film view: Once Upon A Time In America

Film view: Public Enemies

Year of release: 2009 Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale Director: Michael Mann Viewing: Majestic Theater, Williston Public Enemies is a thrilling cinema experience, but it falls short of being a great film, mostly due to what is not on the screen. What director Michael Mann does deliver is picture perfect. The acting, the photography, the … Continue reading Film view: Public Enemies

Film view: Frost/Nixon

Year of release: 2008 Starring: Frank Langela, Michael Sheen, Matthew Macfadyen, Sam Rockwell, Oliver Platt Director: Ron Howard Viewing: Netflix DVD Frost/Nixon is an engaging film about the aftermath of the Watergate scandal and David Frost's subsequent interview with the disgraced ex-president, Richard Nixon, three years later. The film features strong performances and is surprisingly … Continue reading Film view: Frost/Nixon

Movie view: Nothing But The Truth

Year of release: 2008 Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Alan Alda Director: Rod Lurie Viewing: Netflix DVD   Three Reasons to Watch: You always dreamed of seeing Kate Beckinsale incarcerated. You wondered what Rachel and Ross’s marriage would look like after ten years. Alan Alda gives one terrific speech in front of the Supreme Court. … Continue reading Movie view: Nothing But The Truth

Screen view: The Wrestler

Year of release: 2008 Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood Director: Darren Aronofsky Viewing: Netflix DVD Three Reasons to Watch: Learn how to use a staple gun in a professional wrestling bout Marisa Tomei lap dancing Powerful performances from Tomei and Mickey Rourke Three Reasons to Avoid: You’d rather not learn how to … Continue reading Screen view: The Wrestler