'Top of the Lake' ends as a beautiful mess
After its two-part conclusion on Monday night, Top of the Lake seems imperfect, but so is life and so are the mountains in the show—they are wild, insisting on shapes of their own. The show was ragged, too, and the channel showing it was tattered yet strident. You could despair of those things, or begin to see them as part of the message. I don’t know whether Jane Campion selected this narrative autism in advance, or to what extent it was happenstance or mistake.
Forget DiCaprio—The Movie Needs Bernie Madoff
Forget DiCaprio—what we really need is a modern-day Gatsby. Bernie Madoff could take a supporting role.
Hollywood action movies need to get over the end of the world
So who is green-lighting these end-of-the-world movies that just keep coming—Oblivion, After Earth, Star Trek Into Darkness, Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, World War Z, Pacific Rim? Is it the triumvirate of David Stockman, Paul Krugman, and Kim Jong-un? I grant that Armageddon has been a recurring theme on screen.
He was famous as a TV figure, but he would tell you always that he was a newspaper man.
Why Jane Campion's turn to television isn't a complete success, while David Mamet's was.
Class and fate in 'The Place Beyond the Pines'
For the second time, Derek Cianfrance has put Ryan Gosling on the edge of a great character: the American failure who has the neediness and the inner life of a wild genius.
A documentary pays tribute to Kubrick and parodies film commentary
As a documentary about The Shining, Room 237 is a tribute to Kubrick and a parody of film commentary.
The acclaimed director of "Oldboy" stumbles in his American debut.
'Dead Man Down' and the inanities of Hollywood casting
"Dead Man Down" is dark, nasty, violent, and laughably boring. It also features one of the best actresses in the world.
The "red coat" girl of Schindler's List now says she's horrified by the movie she filmed when she was twelve. Should Spielberg have shot the vulgar scene to begin with?