5 items from 2015
Sucked Dry: Bateman’s Portrait of Idiosyncratic Family Fails to Resonate
Actor Jason Bateman makes his sophomore directorial outing with the high profile The Family Fang, based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Wilson and adapted for the screen by famed playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, 2010). With a prolific cast at his fingertips, Bateman’s film becomes another entry in the dysfunctional family melodrama genre, filled with idiosyncratic, quirky characters and their colorful tics. We’ve seen a wide range of these ‘talent’ families throughout literature and cinema, from J.D. Salinger to Wes Anderson, and Bateman concocts a contemporary blend of something that feels a little bit like Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages mixed with Running on Empty (1988). Though not without some instances worthy of merit, the film unfortunately feels a bit hollow, lacking in any real emotional depth. Curiously, we’re never made to care or feel for this rather odd family, »
- Nicholas Bell
This article contains spoilers for, er, Clear And Present Danger.
How many times have you walked out of seeing a big summer blockbuster movie, and felt like you'd been treated like a grown-up? Christopher Nolan movies, whether you like them or not, treat you with that level of respect. But when it comes to major thrillers, there's generally something about them where you feel you've been shortchanged.
It's why it puzzles me that Clear And Present Danger doesn't get a lot more love. From the day I saw it for the first time back in 1994, and on every viewing since, I've really loved this film. I love that it isn't afraid of a dense plot, isn't afraid of putting a big movie star on the poster yet finds time for supporting characters, »
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
Sometimes, the Oscars have a tendency of giving out awards to actors who are seen to have paid their dues, perhaps not for the best performance of that year or even for the particular actor's own best performance, but to recognise past work. Michael Keaton is not the most likely of these, but this could be why some speculated that he was an early favourite for this year's Best Actor award, for his performance in Birdman.
The later frontrunner Eddie Redmayne rightfully and very graciously wound up taking it home for his work as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, though Birdman went on to take home the main prize for Best Picture and a number of other major awards.
It would hardly have been a major upset if »
Forever focuses on character rather than plot to its detriment in this latest Nazi-themed investigation...
This review contains spoilers.
1.14 Hitler On The Half Shell
Sometimes writing a TV or film review you can go directly to the source of a problem and identify exactly what’s wrong. But with Hitler On The Half Shell I’m sure that something was amiss, but damned if I can actually point out what is was precisely. For want of a better expression, it just didn’t flow. All the character moments seemed awkwardly forced, and all the reveals seemed painfully obvious.
I'm not sure why, but this wasn’t the best Forever episode we’ve had recently, and it left this reviewer distinctly underwhelmed.
The inspiration for the story is that of Cornelius Gurlitt, a man who hoarded more than 1,500 works of art, many stolen from Jewish people during WWII, and hidden until almost seventy years later. »
5 items from 2015
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