NYFF 2013: HER Review

     October 12, 2013

We ascribe technology a personality and vice versa.  We say our machines “hate” us when they break down.  Programs illustrate the interests of the user.  Spike Jonze’s Her may seem like an outrageous concept—a man falling in love with a …

NYFF 2013: NEBRASKA Review

     October 8, 2013

In the past, I’ve made jokes about how progress on social issues is inevitable because the people holding antiquated values will die off soon.  Nebraska made me feel a little guilty about those jokes.  I don’t feel guilty because I’ve …

NYFF 2013: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Review

     October 5, 2013

The problem with platitudes is that they may profess a nice sentiment, but the statement tends to be an obvious one, and it will be a fleeting memory by the time you finish reading that t-shirt or bumper sticker.  Platitudes …

NYFF 2013: THE IMMIGRANT Review

     October 4, 2013

There are some settings that don’t quite work with a soft, romantic approach.  There’s no romanticizing child labor or human trafficking or abject poverty.  James Gray’s The Immigrant shows there’s also no romanticizing prostitution in New York City in 1921.  …

NYFF 2013: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Review

     September 27, 2013

In the past, director Paul Greengrass has demonstrated a unique and incredible ability to use a documentary-like style that captures the immediacy of a real-life event without ever feeling like a heavy-handed, exploitative dramatization.  Greengrass attempts to bring this approach …

Oscar Beat: The Fall Festival Contenders

     August 18, 2013

It’s that time of year again, folks.  The explosion-filled summer blockbusters will soon be fading from multiplexes, and in will flow a number of smaller, more dramatic films poised to dominate the Oscar conversation as the awards machine gets up …

Spike Jonze’s HER to Close New York Film Festival

     August 8, 2013

This year’s New York Film Festival is poised to be bookened by two high-profile premieres.  Last week it was announced that director Paul Greengrass’ real-life dramatic thriller Captain Phillips will open the 2013 New York Film Festival, and today the …

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