Capitalist debauchery: It's the American way
The Great Gatsby was as bad as films come, and a forlorn quagmire for DiCaprio. Now he is redeemed with The Wolf of Wall Street.
Clio Barnard's masterpiece about rural England
A masterpiece about rural, post-industrial England, based on an Oscar Wilde story.
The central song in 'Inside Llewyn Davis' has been performed by everyone from Pete Seeger to Bob Dylan to Jeff Buckley.
Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you’re down, it jumps on you. It makes shameless use of Emma Thompson weeping for a soggy fifteen minutes, and while you know the trick is remorseless you’ll end up crying, too. Don’t blame yourself: It is permitted to weep at dreadful films, so long as you lament for the exploited audience.
Remembering a brief encounter with the self-destructive, life-affirming star.
'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a moody misstep
'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a moody misstep.
Luckily, I saw it in the U.S.
Luckily, you can see it here.
From TNR, November 1, 1980
The great Peter Kaplan's take on the 40th president's movies, published just before the 1980 election
"The Great Beauty" and "Bastards" reviewed
"The Great Beauty" and "Bastards" reviewed.
A film that finally depicts our original sin in all its horror. Made by foreigners.