Splendor in the Page

Nocturnal Animals (2016) W/D: Tom Ford. DP: Seamus McGarvey. Starring: Amy Adams/Jake Gyllenhaal/Michael Shannon/Aaron Taylor-Johnson/Isla Fisher/Armie Hammer/Ellie Bamber/Karl Glusman/Laura Linney/Michael Shannon/Andrea Riseborough/Robert Aramayo. (Based on the novel Tony & Susan by Austin Wright)  It is rarity in the world of film adaptions to find a film that manages to improve upon a novel with such style as Nocturnal…

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A First Lady Film

The trailer of the moment seems to be the new Jackie Kennedy biopic merely titled Jackie. From Chilean director Pablo Lorrain, Jackie stars Oscar winner (for Black Swan) Natalie Portman in what looks to be an operatically creative profile of the iconic first lady. Hitting all the high profile festivals, the film will bow in the theaters in…

All the Right Moves

Creed (2016) D: Ryan Coogler. DP: Maryse Alberti. W: Ryan Coogler & Aaron Covington. Starring: Sylvester Stallone/Michael B. Jordan/Tessa Thompson/Phylicia Rashad/Tony Bellow. Although over in America Creed has been out since Thanksgiving, here in the UK we have just gotten the film and in the nick of time for award season. The seventh film to…

Look Through The Window

Room (2015) D: Lenny Abrahamson. DP: Danny Cohen. W: Emma Donoghue. Starring: Brie Larson/Jacob Tremblay/Joan Allen/William H. Macy/Tom McCamus/Sean Bridgers. (NOTE: based on Donoghue’s book of the same name) This year’s Oscar race will be a dense one in the best actress category. Between Saoirse Ronan’s performance in Brooklyn, Cate Blanchett’s performance in Carol, and this performance…

A Stand Up Film

Silver Linings Playbook (2012). D/W: David O. Russell. DP: Masanobu Takayanagi. Starring: Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence/Robert De Niro/Jacki Weaver/Chris Tucker/Julia Stiles/John Ortiz/Anupam Kher/Shea Whigham/Dash Mihok. (NOTE: Based on Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel of the same name.) I won’t bore you with another trailer lamentation. With all the Oscar propaganda and holiday movie hub-bub I just can’t…