An idiosyncratic theater director and a showboating magician, profiled in two recent documentaries.
The country has been retreating from American movies for decades, but in the last few years, we have had a few films that show us the hinterland.
A skeptic learns the secret to South by Southwest’s success
Every year, the tech elite and their legions of hangers-on gather in Austin to binge-network, binge-drink and "change the world." It is glorious. It is absurd. It is South by Southwest.
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.
The film critic wrote candidly—and controversially—about his alcoholism
The film critic wrote candidly—and controversially—about his alcoholism.
The French director-writer François Ozon once made a memorable film called Swimming Pool, in which a parched writer was strengthened by contact with another person. Now he makes In the House, where an encounter with imagination again enlivens a writer, and entails danger.
He was famous as a TV figure, but he would tell you always that he was a newspaper man.
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.