Movie review: ‘Tiny Furniture,’ tiny story, big talent
January 28, 2011
With a title this precious, it’s no surprise that “Tiny Furniture” is the work of a highly precocious, painfully self-aware, nakedly self-referential young Manhattan (Tribeca, to be exact) filmmaker who has turned out a sophomore feature film that’s decidedly a homemade family affair.
Writer-director-star... Read More
DVD review: 'Red'
January 28, 2011
One of the most indelible images from all the movies of 2010 is that of Helen Mirren, wearing a Martha Stewart hairdo and an elegant floor-length white evening gown, cutting loose with a heavy-barreled .50-caliber Browning M2HB machine gun without batting an eyelash. She must have undergone some boot camp-level... Read More
Create your own pre-Super Bowl football film fest
January 26, 2011
As you eagerly await kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday, why not sate your pigskin lust with your own video football film festival?
Football movies are a burgeoning subgenre of sports films that offers fans literally scores of fine action- and inspiration-filled possibilities – ranging from macho favorites such as... Read More
Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'The Flash: The Complete Series'
January 24, 2011
This week, the most intriguing DVD to appear on release lists is:
“The Flash: The Complete Series”
With a strong big-screen showing by The Green Hornet and new Spider-Man and Batman movies on the horizon, now’s a good time to revisit one of the best TV incarnations of a comic book superhero in “Flash:... Read More
The ‘True Grit’ eye patch face-off
January 21, 2011
These days, it seems that everything in popular culture is fair game for pundits to politicize.
Example: When it comes to portraying Rooster Cogburn, the “one-eyed fat man” in the two film interpretations of Charles Portis’ “True Grit,” it seems that stars John Wayne (in Henry Hathaway’s 1969 version)... Read More
Dirty little secrets of The Golden Globe Awards
January 12, 2011
In Hollywood, prestige is a dubious currency too often bestowed upon the least worthy in the name of publicity, marketing and just plain old sucking up.
Keep that in mind this weekend whenever any of the botoxed, bosom-heaving red-carpet pundettes pronounces with a straight face that the 68th annual Golden Globe... Read More
Museum of the Moving Image reopens high-tech center for film art, history
January 11, 2011
NEW YORK – After closing in 2008 for a $67 million renovation and expansion, The Museum of the Moving Image will reopen its doors Saturday to a new three-story addition, a floating, 267-seat theater and expanded, high-tech galleries devoted to exploring the entire history and art of the movies.
The museum,... Read More
DVD review: "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale"
January 07, 2011
He appeared in only five feature-length films in seven years, but all of them were nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and three of them won. The supporting characters he played tended to be weak, ineffectual and self-loathing individuals, possessed of few redeeming qualities save for a remarkably sympathetic... Read More
Year's top movies worth price of ticket
January 07, 2011
BY GENE TRIPLETT
Time was, movies were the No. 1 cheap date, with plenty of paycheck left over to cover dinner for two. These days, by the time a couple have made it through the box office and concession lines, they’ve already shelled out enough money for a halfway decent restaurant meal. After that,... Read More
Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Monster Mutt'
January 04, 2011
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:
Dogs seem to dominate the screens this week, a trend that continues with Tuesday’s DVD release of “Monster Mutt,” a live-action, family-friendly, direct-to-video romp written and directed by veteran make-up artist Todd Tucker... Read More
DVD review: ‘My Dog Skip’ a sweet, old-school tale of a boy and his pet
January 04, 2011
If the animated memoir, “My Dog Tulip,” is a film with a sharp bite, then the live-action memory piece, “My Dog Skip” (out on Blu-ray Tuesday), is a big, wet, sloppy lick in the face.
Gently nostalgic and often downright sentimental, this golden tale presents an old-fashioned boy-and-his-dog saga that... Read More
2010’s Top 10 movies – best-schmest, here are our ‘favorites’
December 30, 2010
BY DENNIS KING
It’s that time of year when movie critics everywhere are busy with bookkeeping, tallying up 2010’s screen offerings and issuing their Top 10 lists.
But dictating the year’s “best” films is so often a rote ritual, driven by urgencies of the upcoming awards season and marked by a certain... Read More
Under the Radar DVDs: 2010’s oddest of the odd
December 27, 2010
Each week sees literally hundreds of new releases on DVD. Big-bucks advertising and studio clout propel sales of the most high-profile DVDs. But the oddball releases that fly under the radar are often the most fun. Those bottom-of-the-list releases have been spotlighted during 2010 in the “Under-the-Radar DVD... Read More