Richard Linklater’s Boyhood continues its seemingly inevitable move towards world domination, expanding to more theaters over the weekend and capturing the imaginations and hearts of even the most jaded moviegoers. Meanwhile, Naomi Foner’s evocative Very Good Girls also opened last weekend, with a welcome female take on that whole “becoming a grown-up” thing. In other words, it’s a very good time for the coming-of-age movie, where maturity is gained and lessons are learned and lifelong memories are made, so with that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of our all-time …Read More
If you’re dating or married, Valentine’s Day can be a high-stress holiday: figuring out what to get your partner, how much is trying too hard, how much isn’t trying enough, where to go, what to do, what not to do, and whether this really is the right night to bring up that previously unmentioned lovechild. But if you’re, shall we say, between partners, February 14 is a miserable day indeed, an interminable blizzard of flowers and candy and bullshit. Who needs it? So if you’d like to shy away from the syrupy romantic fare typical of Valentine’s Day movie-watching, fear not; here are a baker’s dozen anti-romantic movies for your weekend …Read More
In case you were asleep or watching Girls, Downton Abbey, True Detective, or any of the television offerings last night that did not involve increasingly drunken celebrities thanking their “teams,” here are all the moments of the Golden Globes your friends and coworkers will be discussing this morning. Complete with GIFs, where …Read More
A few years ago, during my ill-fated stint as a corporate litigator, I found myself in a conference room waiting for a meeting with some bankers to start. It was all men but me, a not-uncommon occurrence in those days. And one started joking to another about some people they knew in common. They’d been out to a basketball game for some client event and one guy, these men gossiped to each other, had brought a sex worker along. Mind you, they didn’t call her a “sex worker” per se. Instead, giggling like schoolchildren, they referred to her as a “lady of the evening.” Listening, I had my face set in an expression I developed for situations like that one, meaning situations in which businessmen were showing off for each other and I was meant to tolerate it without comment. I would just let my mouth set into a natural frown, and appear very interested in my notepad. I once came back from some such meeting and found I’d written “oh christ oh christ oh christ” perhaps a hundred times over.
Scorsese’s New Movie is Too Long, According to People Who Haven’t Seen It (or His Other Movies, Apparently)
A couple of days back, Paramount released a new trailer and made a pair of announcements about Martin Scorsese’s new film, The Wolf of Wall Street. First, as rumored, it is not going to make its original mid-November release date; instead, it has been pushed back to Christmas Day, bumping the studio’s previously-earmarked Christmas release, Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan reboot, into 2014. And since one of the supposed reasons for that push-back was the time Scorsese had spent wrestling with a rough cut clocking in anywhere from three to four hours, they went ahead and announced the picture’s running time: 165 minutes, or two and three-quarter hours.
Late last week we had a collective fit over James Franco on the cover of the new “As I Lay Dying” book cover; what we should’ve done was splatter …Read More