Month: December 2012

Les Miserables

For various reasons, musicals don’t sell in Hollywood like they used to. As movies began to gravitate more towards sensibility and realism in the late 1960’s, the spectacle of the Hollywood musical fell out ofRead Full Review

Django Unchained

The last two movies that Quentin Tarantino has made deal with the two biggest eras of racial injustice in America’s two-plus centuries of existence. His first one, 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, dealt with World War II, inRead Full Review


Amour is about something that almost everybody has to deal with eventually, but that’s not talked about very much, and is almost never shown with such stark detail as it is here. Georges and Anne areRead Full Review

Holy Motors

Holy Motors is a strange movie. But it seems strange in a David Lynchian sort of way, that seems to cry out for meaning – for a puzzle to be solved. (As opposed to strange inRead Full Review


I’d been staying away from Skyfall despite the craze over the latest James Bond film. Not because I had some reservation about the franchise, or that I had found that – based on trailers and reviews –Read Full Review

Rust & Bone

The gulf between the roles that Marion Cotillard plays in her commercial American films and the ones in her native language seems large enough the fit a cruise through. Consider the ferocity of her Oscar-winningRead Full Review