“We Make Movies” is an independent film written and directed by Matt Tory. Tory, who has seven writing credits to his name, including 2013’s “The Family” and the 2014 short “Out of the Blue,” tries his hand at a mockumentary-style film here, with mixed results. “We Make Movies,” as other critics cite, is lighthearted, and […]
“Maid in Manhattan” is a formula picture to the fullest. Little happens during its run-time you don’t expect or don’t see coming a mile away. But it’s sweet in its presentation, has likable leads, and gets under your skin by the end. However, despite its formulaic approach, the film’s biggest affront is not a lack […]
Addiction as a disease has been tackled by many movies. Sometimes it’s done with humor, as with 1981’s “Arthur.”’ And other times it’s done grimly, seen in the heartbreaking suicide memoir “Leaving Las Vegas.” Whether by poking fun or mourning, it’s a topic usually centered on those deep in the throes of addiction. What’s unique […]
Long before Harold and Kumar, Jay and Silent Bob, and Beavis and Butthead, there were Bill & Ted. Best friends. Slackers. Surfer dude types that spoke in airhead decibels, using such descriptive terms as ‘Most Triumphant’ and ‘Totally’ in regular conversation, caring only about music and peaceful harmony among all living things.
“21 Jump Street,” with a story by Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill, keeps loose ties to the television show that preceded it, while coming up with a funny and oddly warm film that breaks convention. It takes the awkwardness of high school – being funny enough to comment on its upsides but smart enough to […]
Music fans know the impact and influence the 1969 Woodstock festival had – both musically and culturally. Most of us have no idea of the sheer scale and magnitude of the event, relying on old photographs, videos, and less than clear thinking eye witness accounts to recant tales of nearly mystic proportions.
The union between insanity and creativity has long been an intriguing theme for fiction. Many of our most interesting and original entertainers have suffered mental illnesses (a subject which has become increasingly open ever since the untimely and saddening death of Robin Williams), and though Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank“ was promoted and will be labeled as a […]
Ben Braddock may be the most selfish character ever idealized on the screen. An adolescent with no regard for others, he goes from being an indecisive college graduate to a degenerate and sadistic creep. He bulldozes and takes advantage of giving people until they’ve served his purpose, and then, like a packet of ketchup or […]
The genesis of entertainment that’s based on single people trying in desperation to date in the confines of the concrete jungle of New York City may very well be the 1989 quintessential rom-com “When Harry met Sally.”
I wonder what has to go through a writer’s mind to come up with “Swiss Army Man:” there would have to be some chasm of depression and isolation, but also a heavy-duty sense of humor and creativity. I can say I have never seen anything like it, and can be almost certain I never will […]