Confession: I’m a bit of a Mann-iac myself, so I was in proud attendance at our convention last night, aka the “Conversation with Michael Mann” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. …Read More
There was a time when a new Broadway play written by David Mamet and starring Al Pacino would prompt mashing in the parlors and dancing in the streets, but any doubts that such a time has passed have been confirmed by the toxic buzz surrounding China Doll.
Only one new movie makes the grade for this week’s new release recommendations, which is part of what’s great about Blu-ray — the opportunity to revisit, reevaluate, and reappraise. So this week, take a look at a rare Richard Pryor drama, an iconic Al Pacino performance, an influential exploitation movie, a powerful Australian drama, and one of Wes Anderson’s very best films.
Colombian illustrator Fulvio Obregón’s series Me and My Other Me uses a simple premise to make a sometimes-jarring juxtaposition.
Today, New York’s Film Forum kicks off a four-week, 50-film “True Crime” festival, spotlighting some of the most iconic dramas, mysteries, and thrillers based on real events. It’s one of our most durable genres — the festival spans something like eight decades — and for good reason: the best true crime movies are often tense, gripping, and suspenseful (even when we already know the outcome). Here are a few of our all-time favorites.
For my money, the biggest event of the week, new release-wise, is the long, long, long-awaited DVD/Blu-ray unveiling of the Decline of Western Civilization trilogy, but let’s not downplay the rest of the week’s crop. Over on Netflix, we’ve got a solid documentary on a musical legend; Criterion has a new edition of a deliciously odd Czech classic; and two of the spring’s most interesting indies arrive on Blu-ray, along with a surprisingly moving Al Pacino vehicle.
“Let’s Use That Success to Take the Next Risk”: David Gordon Green on His Odd Career, Directing Legends, and ‘Manglehorn’
For a journalist, there’s nothing worse than a cell phone that craps out in the middle of an interview, and that’s exactly what happened about five minutes into my conversation with David Gordon Green.
There was a time, and not long ago, when the hotter months were a little cold at the art house — when indie distributors seemingly didn’t want to get flattened by the behemoths of the summer movie season. But a few years back, some of them seemed to realize that grown-ups also enjoy a nice air-conditioned theater, as well as a movie where flesh-and-blood people talk to each other. So the summer season has become nearly as crowded for indie cinema as for the mainstream; this month, we’ve got 11 recommendations for you, and this is just a handful of the indies, docs, and foreign films that will hit cinemas and VOD in …Read More
This Friday, just like the first weekend of every May since 2007, a new movie based on a Marvel comic book will open in thousands of theaters across the country, will make all the money, and will serve as the official starter pistol for summer movie season. And for many a seasoned moviegoer, that’s a cue for despair; after all, summer has become synonymous with big, bloated, stupid blockbusters of the Transformers school. And make no mistake, there’s plenty of those on the runway this season (how ya doin’, Terminator Genisys, it’s pretty funny that you’re actually going with that spelling). But don’t go into cinematic hibernation just yet; there’s also a steady stream of first-rate indie-flick counterprogramming on the runway, and some of the big movies actually sound pretty good. So, as a public service to you, the discerning moviegoer, we’ve assembled a month-by-month look at what might actually be worth your time and …Read More