Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland isn’t a terrible casting decision. It could work. Zellweger and Garland both have what you might call "unconventional movie star looks". Garland did, however, age terribly in her ‘40s. All that suffering does eventually take its toll and Garland truly suffered. A tortured soul if there ever was one in the industry.Read More
Alvin Sargent, a fine example of the 20th Century Hollywood screenwriter. He’s definitely up there with William Goldman Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Paul Schrader, Robert Towne and company.
His writing credits included “Ordinary People,” “Paper Moon,” “Julia”,” Straight Time,” “What About Bob,” and “Spider-Man 2,” one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. He was also the writer of other webslinger-led movies such as “Spider Man 2,” “Spider Man 3,” “Julia,” and “The Amazing Spider Man.”
The “Hollywood" screenwriter” has all but gone extinct in the industry, if anything, moving to television with the likes of Vince Gilligan, Noah Hawley, Aaron Sorkin making an auteur mark on the small tube.
I’m headed to Cannes this coming weekend. Yes, there’s the Tarantino, but there also is Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life.” That’s the other BIG American premiere.Read More
Director Andy Muschietti's horror remake of Stephen King's clown movie “It” was a box-office smash in 2017. It even surpassed "The Exorcist" at the top spot to become the highest-grossing horror movie in box-office history, nabbing more than $327M domestically at the box-office.Read More
We all know that Bryan Singer caused total chaos during production of “Bohemian Rhapsody,’” to the point where, on some days, he would just not show up on-set at all. At some point, Fox higher-ups had enough of his erratic behavior and demanded that Singer be fired from ‘Bohemian’. Replacing him was Dexter Fletcher, who is the director of the upcoming Elton John biopic “Rocket Man.” Supposedly there wasn’t much left to shoot (around weeks), but Fletcher came in to complete the film at the behest of old pal Rami Malek would seems to have pleaded to Fletcher to come and save the movie.Read More
I did not review “I am Mother” when I saw its premiere at this past January’s Sundance Film Festival. Mostly because it doesn’t bring anything new to the genre. We already know that if you’re making a sci-fi about artificial intelligence then you most likely will have to deal with the, ahem, downside in accepting robots as “one of us.”Read More
Good news came on Sunday, courtesy of Italy’s Lucky Red. The Italian outlet reported that Woody Allen’s currently-in-limbo “Rainy Day in New York” was confirmed for an October 3rd Italian release date. This instantly led to speculation about a potential Venice Film Festival bow in September.Read More
At the end of “John Wick: Chapter 2,” hired-assassin, John Wick (Keanu Reeves), shoots an annoyingly smug assassin on the consecrated grounds of the Continental Hotel — a no-no. Wick is declared Ex-Communicado, or rogue, which results in every assassin in the world chasing him.Read More
Anton Yelchin was only blossoming as a young actor when he tragically died of a freak accident back in June of 2016. As a performer, it’s so easy talking about his talents, because he was unequivocally brilliant and intensely into his art. It has to be said, but his career was mostly filled with supporting turns, and some lead roles, but he always found a way to steal the show. The last time we saw Yelchin on-screen, he stole scenes from the highly talented Anya Taylor-Jones and Olivia Cooke in “Thoroughbreds,” a pitch-black crime drama in which his drug-dealing smack-talker turned out to be the moral compass of the film. That was the beauty of Anton, he always loved to choose bizarre characters and fully flesh them out to make them feel humane.Read More
Arthouse horror is on a tear right now, and it’s no secret. One of the most inspiring movements in American cinema right now, modern classics like “Hereditary,” “Get Out,” “The Witch,” “It Follows,” et al. have reinvigorated a genre blunted by the cheap slasher films of the ’80s and ’90s and sparked something of a movement, thoughtful, emotionally bruising and sometimes glacially paced horror. Who knows, look back in 10 years, and cinema historians may find an even deeper correlation that we can see to our toxic, uncertain times, and this cinema of unease and collective trauma.Read More
It needs to be stated that what is happening right now in America is a unique and very interesting time filled with a bombardment of social movements, civil liberty discussions and other such things that seem to now be part of a powerful social media, most especially Twitter.Read More