January 20, 2014

My favorite movies [2013]

1. The Counselor | Ridley Scott
2. 12 Years a Slave | Steve McQueen
3. The Wolf of Wall Street | Martin Scorsese
4. Blue Jasmine | Woody Allen
5. 20 Feet from Stardom | Morgan Neville
6. Spring Breakers | Harmony Korine
7. This Is the End | Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
8. American Hustle | David O. Russell
9. The World’s End | Edgar Wright
10. Behind the Candelabra [TV] | Steven Soderbergh

December 21, 2013

American Hustle [2013]

Director David O. Russell convincingly cheats off Martin Scorsese’s paper, Christian Bale channels De Niro and the All-Star cast struts around like they are in “Saturday Night Fever” in a sterling comedy really loosely based on 1970s Abscam scandal.

d: David O. Russell | imdb.com | trailer | He saved my life.
Dry cleaners | He can’t get enough | Science oven

November 24, 2013

Delivery Man [2013]

Canadian director Ken Scott remakes his 2011 independent film “Starbuck” for Vince Vaughn fans on date night. Vaughn plays another recovering fuck-up — one who has fathered 533 children through donations to a fertility clinic. It is a cloying, lame effort.

d: Ken Scott | imdb.com | trailer

November 11, 2013

12 Years a Slave [2013]

Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a free black man born in the North and sold into slavery in the South, and he is as painfully brilliant as the beatings he endures. Steve McQueen directs, and he is black, so there is no saccharine — just filmmaking.

d: Steve McQueen | imdb.com | trailer | Charlie Rose
What’d You Say to Pats? | Wesley Morris [Grantland]

November 3, 2013

The Counselor [2013]

Michael Fassbender plays the title role, and Javier Bardem plays in designer clothes, but Cameron Diaz plays them both in this stylized drug thriller. Diaz writhes around on a car, makes confession sexy. She is a predatory animal, too feared to win an Oscar.

d: Ridley Scott | imdb.com | trailer | HBO: First Look
Truth has no temperature. | Rattling your cage

October 26, 2013

Carrie [2013]

Director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Brian DePalma’s 1976 classic includes more blood, more whatever, but it seems perfunctory. Chloe Grace Moretz, 16, is the right choice and right age for the title role. Sissy Spacek was 27 when she was in the original.

d: Kimberly Peirce | imdb.com | trailer