The real tragedy here is that Clint Eastwood was not nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for his work on this film. Seriously? I've long been a fan of Eastwood's work behind the camera, but this? This is... masterful.
The tidal wave of award shows continues to rush toward us. Now that we know who's been nominated for Oscars, I have to say, there were a few surprises. It was a year of quirky, odd, indie films, and the nominations reflect that. And it's been more than a decade since one film dominated the event, and this year seems to be on trend.
I will be brief. Add another one to the 'unexpected/uninvited/incognito wedding guest' genre. To date, we have Wedding Crashers, The Wedding Singer, The Wedding Date, I Love You Man, and now, The Wedding Ringer... and I'm sure I've forgotten a few.
I'm a big fan of the gum-shoe detective story. I like the tongue-in-cheek skewering of everything from organized crime to law enforcement to Hollywood. It can be a fun, offbeat, creative experience. This film, however, made me want to jab a fork into my thigh.
So, the Golden Globes took place last Sunday. For those not in-the-know, the Golden Globes are the awards that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sells...er... confers...to outstanding work in film and television.
On a good day, the third installment of an action-movie franchise is like curling up with a well-worn copy of a pretty good book. What it lacks in inventiveness and depth, it makes up for with the comfort of familiarity and predictability. This movie has all the requisite car chases and explosions. It has the encore performances and the surprise twists. Yet, not surprisingly, it is a phoned-in third installment of what could have been an incredible action-movie trilogy. Even saving grace, Liam Neeson, seems to understand this is only the paycheck for his beach house.
Story: Matt Drayton is a newspaper publisher in San Francisco, where his wife Christina owns an art gallery. Their domestic servant, Matilda “Tillie” Binks, keeps everything humming in their well-to-do home, which is a bit quieter since their daughter Joanna (“Joey”) has gone away to college, circa 1967.
If you have (or know) a teenager, then you probably realize said teen by definition was born after 1995. So, while we adults might have thought a telegraph or a gramophone was a puzzling antique, our teens quirk a brow at a rotary phone or... paper. That startlingly recent DOB also means a lot a lot of incredible films hit theaters before they hit the maternity ward. Now, not every great film can capture the attention of a teenager. So, with that in mind, and with the help of three teenagers of my own (and a few of their friends), I have compiled a list of 20 'classic' movies you should watch with your teen.
Here, we have another story of World War II heroism: a man unlikely to play the role of hero, yet somehow manages beautifully. This is the true story of mathematician Alan Turing and his work of breaking the Nazi Enigma code, and developing one of the first computers. In this case, the catchphrase, It’s the people no one imagines anything of, who do the things no one can imagine, is both fitting and poetic.
Make no mistake, the heroic, triumphant life of Louis Zamperini is inspiring. The mere mention of his name roils emotion. He is the embodiment of The Greatest Generation. However...that being said, this film, based on the biography of the same title, is lukewarm, at best. A story like this should make filmgoers jump to their feet (operative word being ‘should’).
Certainly, this film is not a new concept: the genre of lone, lost, pre-midlife-crisis adult turning to nature for answers. Into the Wild, Grizzly Man and 127 Hours all address the issue of man's place in nature, the key word being 'man.' Here, we look at the concept from the other side of the genre coin.
I've always loved this musical. The first time I saw Steven Sondheim's twisted take on the fairy-tale world, I thought it was brilliant. Somehow, the characters always end up in the woods; and, as we know from our own bedtime stories, that's where the magic happens.
2015 is upon us. As we compile a list of the resolutions we plan to stick to rigidly for one week, waffle over for a month, and abandon in a complete 180-swing by March, let's reflect...
Now that awards season is underway, many quality under-the-radar movies are getting their due. Below are a few gems that got little mainstream attention, but are garnering plenty of critical acclaim. The following films are rated based on the four-star system:
LN entertainment editor Debbie Baldwin ranks the must-see and must-miss films of the year.
Welcome to our 2014 Yearbook edition! In the following pages, you'll find a varying degree of notions, opinions and contemplation on the year that was.
Story: It’s the holiday season in small-town Indiana. And, while it’s cold and snowy outside, young Ralphie Parker’s heart is warm with the thought that has motivated him this particular Christmas in the 1940s: To have an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action, 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.
Award season is heating up. The Golden Globe nominations were announced last week. And while sometimes controversial, they are considered to be fairly accurate prognostications for the Oscars. And, as always, the snubs are as provocative as the selections.
Oscar season is upon us, and the indie theaters are packed with potential nominees. If you're keeping a checklist handy, here's the current indie recap:
This year, if people were thinking about it, people were googling it. These are the top 10 topics people were searching for in 2014.
I say this with complete confidence: This movie is exactly what you expect. Really, no matter what you were expecting, this movie is it. At best, you were wishing for a raucous, raunchy comedy with some big laughs; at worst, you were hoping you didn't want to jab a pen into your thigh mid-screening. So in the absolutely most bare minimum, barely adequate way, this movie delivers.
If the Hunger Games sequel isn't floating your boat—or you've already seen it twice—you may want to consider a rental. Here's what's worth watching:
Almost everyone has some sort of Christmas/holiday television tradition. Whether it's football, the Frosty cartoon, or forcing the younger set to watch an old black-and-white movie, we all enjoy a bit of holiday entertainment. Now, I'm the first to admit my mistletoe tastes are less serious than most, shall we say. I love Bing Crosby, but the only way I'm watching White Christmas is at gunpoint. Like most movies, the way I decide if something is a classic is simple: If it came on at 10:30 at night, would I stay up and watch it? So without further ado, these currently are my 10 favorite holiday comedies. I limited the list to comedies, although I'm not sure it would be much different if I opened the contenders up to all holiday films.
Story: In 1883 Alferd Packer is put on trial for the murder and cannibalism of five other miners he had led in 1873 from Provo, Utah in search of gold in the Colorado Territory. Packer returned alone from that expedition, claiming that one of the men, a minister named Shannon Wilson Bell, had murdered all of the others in a deranged state and then himself was killed by Packer in self-defense.
The first real Oscar contender of the season has emerged: If you recognize Eddie Redmayne, it will most likely be from his endearing performance as Marius in Les Miserables, or his charming turn as the object of Marilyn Monroe's fleeting attention in My Week with Marilyn. This time, Redmayne takes center stage in a striking portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking.