A Tormented Farce

Irrational Man (2015). D/W: Woody Allen. DP: Darius Khondji. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix/Emma Stone/Parker Posey/Ethan Philips/Betsy Aidem/Jamie Blackley. Many a critic will say or have said that Woody Allen has lost his touch. Many will endeavor to claim that he never had ‘a touch.’ Regardless where you lie on that spectrum, based on Irrational Man it…

Get Thee to a Theater!

Birdman (2014) D: Alejandro González Iñárritu. DP: Emmanuel Lubezki. W: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo. Starring: Michael Keaton/Naomi Watts/Emma Stone/Edward Norton/Andrea Riseborough/Zach Galifianakis/Amy Ryan/Merrit Wever/Lindsay Duncan. Leading a formidable and competitive awards season is the much talked about Birdman. Helmed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (2003’s 21 Grams, 2006’s Babel, 2010’s Biutiful),…

Tis the Season for a Comic Book Crush

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). D: Marc Webb. DP: John Schwartzmann. W: James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent & Steve Kloves (based on the Marvel comic books by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko). Starring: Andrew Garfield/Emma Stone/Rhys Ifans/Denis Leary/Martin Sheen/Sally Field/Chris Zylka/Embeth Davidtz/Campbell Scott. Over the fourth of July holiday, movie theaters everyone got the booming cash flow…

Something to Talk About

The Help (2011). D: Tate Taylor. DP: Stephen Goldblatt. Starring: Viola Davis/Emma Stone/Octavia Spencer/Bryce Dallas Howard/Jessica Chastain/Allison Janney/Ahna O’Reilly/Cicely Tyson/Anna Camp/Sissy Spacek/Mike Vogel/Chris Lowell. (NOTE: Based on Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 of the same name.) About two months ago I wandered into my local Barnes and Noble and was once again seduced by the smell of…

This is Funny…

Crazy Stupid Love (2011). D: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa. DP: Andrew Dunn. W: Dan Fogelman. Starring: Steve Carell/Ryan Gosling/Julianne Moore/Emma Stone/Marisa Tomei/Analeigh Tipton/Jonah Bobo/Joey King/Kevin Bacon/Josh Groban. Although considered another entry in the rom-com category for the year, Crazy Stupid Love actually holds its own and gives audiences an engaging, balanced, relationship driven comedy.…