Beyond the Valley of the Dolls still seduces like barbed wire in a red dress.
There’s a sense throughout of director Steve James rushing and dutifully covering all his bases to evade accusations of creating a puff piece.
Confession: I don’t like The Lord of the Rings films. All of them.
Without question, Bale remains one of Hollywood’s most versatile and risk-taking leading men.
These Academy members possess an elementary school understanding of art, where films operate in a purely denotative register.
There are many, many articles railing against 3D: picture is too dim, glasses are uncomfortable, provide a distancing rather than immersive effect, and so on.
Okay, so audiences still aren’t ready for De Palma’s operatic visual sensibilities, but surely critics must be on board by now, right?
I say this with love: My father is a master of rhetoric. He is a master of rhetoric without, by his own admission, ever having mastered anything to do with rhetoric.
The film’s most egregious flaws are freely (and somewhat hilariously) pointed out by Joe Berlinger in his DVD commentary track.
Autobiographical acts, as Ames calls them, are inseparable from the films proper, as Herzog is often inscribed within them, be it through voiceover narration, off-screen voice, or his actual presence on screen.
You won’t find it on the top rosters of too many Oscar pundits, but at this stage, the alternately thrilling and unwieldy three-hour epic is the season’s closest thing to a wild card.
Ben Affleck’s film emerged from Toronto as virtually every pundit’s Best Picture frontrunner, its grand reception topping off a heap of baity ingredients.
It would certainly be easy enough to capture this stutter-step courtship by filming its gorgeous leads against gorgeous Swedish backdrops and calling it a day.
Even when the strain to invest genre material with epic-scale profundity sometimes shows, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia still manages to weave a hypnotic spell, longueurs and all.
I have to make a screening so this has to be a short one. Insert acknowledgement of the double entendre.