5 items from 2014
Finding a person who powerfully fuels your creativity and passion can be a thought-provoking and intriguing challenge. That desire to find someone who undoubtedly accepts who you are is relatably presented through the life of the title character in writer-director Howard Goldberg’s new independent comedy-drama, ‘Four Squared.’ The film not only chronicles Jake’s determination to find a meaningful relationship and the purpose in his life, as portrayed by lead star Elias Koteas; it also also highlights supporting actress Virginia Madsen’s gripping working relationships with the actor and filmmaker, both of whom she has long-standing personal connections with off-screen. ‘Jake Squared’ follows the title character (Koteas), a 50-year-old film director who [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Multiplicity: Goldberg’s Latest a Mediocre Mash-up of the Masculinity Affliction
A handful of exquisite references are bound to crop up in a discussion of Howard Goldberg’s third directorial effort, Jake Squared, which proves to be the helmer’s first stint behind the camera since 1996 indie flick, Eden. However, Goldberg’s work doesn’t stand as an equal to a bevy of obvious influences utilized in the film, from any number of Woody Allen’s nebbish protagonists, to Fellini’s autobiographically inclined 8½. Abundant quotes flash across the screen from a series of additional notables, the least of which include Jean Cocteau and Groucho Marx. And yet, for all the inspired quirks, Goldberg’s material is never elevated beyond banal cliché, despite a cavalcade of names and an energetic lead performance.
A 50 year old filmmaker in Hollywood, Jake Klein (Elias Koteas), credits himself as a hopeless romantic, yet has never »
- Nicholas Bell
More enervating than it is ambitious, Jake Squared is partly a romantic comedy and mostly a pseudo-philosophical apology for self-absorption.
Creatively blocked indie-filmmaker Jake Klein (Elias Koteas) examines his failings as a lover by making a film within the film, starring a younger, hornier version of himself (Mike Vogel). While Vogel's Jake flirts with every woman he meets, Koteas's Jake directly addresses Jake Squared's viewers through a series of fourth wall — demolishing speeches and aphorisms, including pompous quotations from Federico Fellini, DailyOm.com, and Sonny and Cher.
The film's meta-narrative spins out of control after three more versions of Jake, two played by Koteas, inexplicably appear, and f »
I have to say, I didn't exactly see an R-rating coming for Jean-Marc Vallee's Wild starring Reese Witherspoon. The only photos we've seen have featured Witherspoon with a backpack as the film tells the story of Cheryl Strayed and her 1,000-mile on the Pacific Crest Trail alone. Clearly there is more to this one than picking wild flowers. This week we also have R-ratings for Lynn Shelton's Laggies starring Keira Knightley and The Purge: Anarchy. I've included the complete bulletin directly below. Cantinflas Rated PG For thematic elements, language, smoking and some suggestive material. Jake Squared Rated R For language. Korengal Rated R For language throughout and brief nude images. Laggies Rated R For language, some sexual material and teen partying. Release Date: September 26, 2014 The Prince Rated R For violence, drug content and language. The Purge: Anarchy Rated R For strong disturbing violence, and for language. Release Date: July »
- Brad Brevet
Sosie Bacon may only be 21, but she has a lot going for her. On top of being 2014's Miss Golden Globe, through her father Kevin Bacon, she is connected to nearly everyone in Hollywood - including every other previous Miss Golden Globe, most of whom are also the daughters (or sons) of industry power players. And while some have a connection through their famous parents, others, such as Laura Dern (who happens to have famous parents), are also connected through their own work. Don't believe us? Here's how you get from young Ms. Bacon to all of her famous predecessors, »
- Nate Jones
5 items from 2014
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