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.
After the title Reality, the next thing we see is a gilded carriage drawn by two white horses rolling through the Italian countryside. Soon it turns in through huge gates opened by servants in eighteenth-century costume. The carriage has arrived at a huge villa with lovely grounds filled with festivating people in modern dress. The carriage has brought a bride and groom to their wedding party.
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.
How John Ford fought McCarthyism with 'The Quiet Man'
How John Ford fought McCarthyism with 'The Quiet Man.'
The acclaimed director of "Oldboy" stumbles in his American debut.
In a new documentary, Cheney gives a masterful performance
The World According To Dick Cheney, a documentary that airs March 15 on Showtime, includes so fine an acoustical solo performance by its subject that it could be titled Dick Cheney Unplugged. Listening to Cheney’s quiet, calm voice, Nicholas Lemann observed a dozen years ago in the New Yorker, was like
'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.
A sympathetically acted film about Jean Renoir, a PBS documentary on the life of Philip Roth, and a small movie about young Americans in China.
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?
Hollywood Doesn't Understand New Media
From Contagion to "House of Cards," Hollywood seems to think that new media is filled with avaricious, amoral youngsters.