When it comes to crazy plans, there’s a fine line between “just crazy enough to work” and “so crazy it won’t work.” That line is explored to great effect in Argo, a supremely entertaining and stimulating film, directed by Ben Affleck, about the time the CIA used a fake movie production to try to sneak Americans out of Iran during the 1979-81 hostage crisis… Continue reading 'Argo' Telluride Review: Tense, Funny and Thrilling, This is Ben Affleck's Strongest Film
On one level, Shame is about sex addiction, though we never see Brandon (Michael Fassbender) having sex in a bed with a woman who isn’t a prostitute. His more typical m.o. is porn on his laptop and wanking in the office bathroom at the Wall Street firm where he works. He’s charming and good-looking and has no problems around women, but sex for… Continue reading 'Shame' Telluride Review: Michael Fassbender Destroys in Steve McQueen's Second Film
Early on in The Descendants, genial Hawaiian aristocrat Matt King (George Clooney) learns that his wife Elizabeth will never emerge from the coma she entered following a power-boating accident. Her living will directs her doctors to pull the plug, and that is that. The next day, his older daughter Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) informs him that before the accident, Elizabeth was cheating; who the other… Continue reading 'The Descendants' Telluride Review: George Clooney Shines in Alexander Payne's Latest
In this month’s column, we look at three events that kick off the fall festival season. How do they impact what we’ll be seeing in our theaters in the next few months — and at the Academy Awards next year?
Toronto International Film Festival
Who: The festival has always been proud of its reputation as a festival for local audiences… Continue reading Fest Focus: Toronto, Telluride, and Venice -- A Primer