I always look forward to my annual interview with John Wilson, founder, driving force, and Head Berry of the Golden Raspberry Awards Foundation. Arguably the only film award given strictly on merit, the Razzie singles out the worst of the worst that big studios foist on an innocent public, and as someone who sits through… Read More »
Narratively, DANNY COLLINS commits more than a few faux pas, but there is such warmth to the melancholy of a life discovered to have been wasted, that the winces they produce are worth enduring. Writer/director Dan Fogelman (CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE) may be too quick the play the melodrama card, but I prefer to focus on… Read More »
THE HUMBLING is a throwback to a time when attention spans were longer, characters were created out of complex and even contradictory behaviors, and the story was an extension of the characters, not a glib contrivance. Based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Philip Roth, it is a study of Simon Axler, an actor crumbling as he feels his craft drifting away leaving him in limbo between reality and delusion, comedy and tragedy, meaning and nothingness.
In S1M0NE, Andrew Niccol (GATTACA, THE TRUMAN SHOW) presents an intriguing and, for SAG members, a somewhat disturbing glimpse of what the future of entertainment might be. In it, a computer-generated actress becomes a pop-culture sensation for a public that doesn’t know that she’s a collection of pixels. What that says about reality and perception is something worth… Read More »
I could talk a lot about the HBO presentation of ANGELS IN AMERICA adapted by Tony Kushner from his play and directed by Mike Nichols, a director who has proven has proven his chops with incisive dissections of the moral and political state of the nation with films such as CARNAL KNOWLEDGE and THE GRADUATE.… Read More »