Archive for December, 2007

Starting Out in the Evening

Starting Out in the Evening

| December 15, 2007

New York’s upper west side is an area known as something of an intellectual haven, and that is where retired author and professor emeritus Leonard Schiller (Frank Langella) now lives a quiet life of waking up day after day to stare at his typewriter and urge the words to come. But they never do, anymore. […]

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Hard as Nails

Hard as Nails

| December 12, 2007

Saying unordained Catholic minister Justin Fatica is intense is as obvious as saying the sun rises in the east. His frame is muscular, his voice loud and passionate, his stare penetrating–presumably burning its way straight to your soul. Director David Holbrooke follows Fatica’s Hard as Nails ministry in this documentary, which, despite its open access […]

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10 Items or Less

10 Items or Less

| December 12, 2007

The grocery store sitcom 10 Items or Less can be seen on TBS at 11 p.m. on Tuesdays. The question is, would you want to watch it? As someone who has worked in three grocery stores, I can tell you that the writers of this show seem to have missed all the genuinely funny things […]

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Margot at the Wedding

Margot at the Wedding

| December 12, 2007

Though he had directed three films before 2004, Noah Baumbach didn’t find an audience until his name showed up alongside Wes Anderson’s in the screenwriting credits of the wonderfully imaginative The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. In 2005, he garnered substantial credit for himself as a director with his semi-autobiographical The Squid and the Whale, […]

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The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

| December 12, 2007

The Lord of the Rings trilogy has left an empty space in our stomachs that has yet to be filled by another big screen blockbuster. (Yes, the stale popcorn and flat soda pop have been successful digested, but…) The same cinematic magic has been difficult to accomplish with other films–i.e.: The Lion, the Witch, and […]

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Atonement

Atonement

| December 12, 2007

Atonement has received raves across the board by reviewers, with only one or two dissenting voices. Many reviewers have commented that they’d thought the book unfilmable, but were proven wrong by director Joe Wright’s film. Those raves aren’t wrong; there is gorgeous cinematography, remarkable camera work, and some great performances. However, even with the praise […]

Experiment in Torture

Experiment in Torture

| December 11, 2007

Someone over at Lions Gate missed the memo “Captivity” originated. Someone, apparently, did not look at the monster bomb that was “Captivity” and notice, holy shit, torture porn doesn’t make money any more! How can I tell? Because they released “Experiment in Torture.” Basically, “Experiment in Torture” has a plotline like a pocket “Hostel,” and […]

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Sayles Continues His Sense of Indenpendence

Sayles Continues His Sense of Indenpendence

| December 7, 2007

John Sayles remains one of Hollywood’s most provocative directors, and his latest film, Honeydripper, is no exception. This latest film follows a ’50s juke joint owner (Danny Glover’s Tyrone “Pine Top” Purvis) as he attempts to avoid bankruptcy by booking a legendary guitar player named Guitar Sam. After the famed strummer backs out at the […]

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Kristen Wiig Takes Her Comedy to a Bigger Screen

Kristen Wiig Takes Her Comedy to a Bigger Screen

| December 7, 2007

Described as one of the funniest women on TV’s Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig joined the hit show in its 31st season, as part of an energizing new “freshman” class of new cast members, including Bill Hader, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis. Wiig was born in Rochester, New York, and graduated from Brighton High School […]

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A Rare Audience with Stephen Sondheim

A Rare Audience with Stephen Sondheim

| December 7, 2007

Stephen Sondheim rarely talks to the press, and why should he? As one of the most acclaimed lyricists and composers of American musical theatre since the days of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim is an American institution. From early classics where he provided the lyrics to West Side Story and Gypsy, to A Funny Thing Happened […]

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