5 items from 2015
Ambition and authenticity can be at great odds with one another, especially as one tries to get a foothold of their identity in the disorienting velocity and volume of New York. And in Noah Baumbach’s latest effort, the dizzying screwball farce “Mistress America,” these disparate intentions collide with emotional force. A distant cousin of “Frances Ha,” also co-written by Baumbach and co-star Greta Gerwig, “Mistress America” may also have a female protagonist as its focal point, but ultimately it’s a picture with fairly different concerns, certainly delivered in a vastly dissimilar form. Nevertheless, Baumbach’s breezy hot streak continues with another contemporary classic New York tale. Doing his best Peter Bogdanovich impression filtered through John Hughes and ‘80s touchstones like the wackier elements of “Something Wild,” Baumbach’s latest is like a millennial riff on “His Girl Friday,” with a rapid-fire delivery minus the traditional romance. However, ‘America’ certainly has. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Director Barry Levinson offers his thoughts on what’s behind the growing outcry for more diversity in Hollywood films.
Are we a racist country? Yes. But we are getting better. For certain. And while that battle for absolute equality is being played out, an odd controversy about the racial injustice in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has emerged. The Oscar nominations of 2015 are being questioned as racially prejudicial. There are those who say a black woman, who directed “Selma,” was overlooked because of racial bias, and the actor who played Martin Luther King Jr. was also overlooked because he was black. The film was nominated by the Academy, but these individuals were not. I would tend to agree with these accusations if I thought the Academy had a great record of selecting the best nominees each year, but they don’t. It is impossible to pass through a single awards season without hearing, »
- Barry Levinson
Arriving on Blu-ray just prior to the Academy announces its nominations, where the film is sure to pick up some nominations despite going home empty handed (zero in four) from the Golden Globes, the opening Nyff Gone Girl has become one of the year’s most talked about titles. Certainly standing as one of the most notable studio directed auteur features of the year, released October 3rd to brisk business pulling in more than his previous two films, a rewatch enhances its inescapably pulpy fervor. This is well produced neo-noir, with a dash of subtle camp and a star making performance from Rosamund Pike (who was cited by dozens of critic associations including a Globe nom) that recalls studio era dames that had more than enough steely backbone to railroad their male counterparts with energy and appeal to spare. Hardly a mutation of feminist ideals, the realm of the privileged »
- Nicholas Bell
Walter: Now, look Bruce. You persuade Hildy to do the story and you can write out a nice fat insurance policy for me.
Today is the 75th Anniversary of the premiere of Howard Hawks classic His Girl Friday (1940). Here's a double sided bitchy moment to savor in which Walter Burns has dangled an insurance policy carrot for Bruce, who doesn't bite but Hildy does, eyeing the green while milking Walter for a bigger payday. Walter feigns objection, while egging Hildy on...
- NATHANIEL R
A little over a week ago, I got an e-mail from Stuart Zakim, a publicist I've heard from a few times in the past, and I scanned it, as I try to scan everything that hits my e-mail box. Here's where I'm going to give you a look at how the sausage gets made. For the most part, I write based on instinct and time and opportunity. I would like to write ten times the material I write at the moment, because there are that many things I'd like to share with you. There are that many things worth discussing. And every time I feel the moment to discuss something slip by, and I don't get a chance to write about something, it drives me crazy. So one of the things I try not to get pulled into is what I like to call "other people's priorities." That sounds heartless, »
- Drew McWeeny
5 items from 2015
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