Friday, August 29, 2014

Tears for Fears - "Head Over Heels"

This video for "Head Over Heels" features...

1) a really cross librarian.
2) a dude in a gas mask.
3) a monkey wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey.
4) a Jew and an African-American putting aside their differences. (A message!)
5) flying index cards.
6) the worst attempt at faking a keyboard solo ever.
7) a really stupid canted-angle framing gimmick.
8) terrible permed hair.
9) a lead singer who can apparently float through the air.
10) animated four-leaf clovers. (They mention them in the song!)
11) leather jackets.
12) inexplicable flashbacks to childhood.
13) all of the above.

(Have a safe Labor Day, everyone.)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Summer Movie Season 2014: A Look Back

You know what? It was a pretty good summer at the movies. There were plenty of films, both big and small, that I liked. Over at Deadspin, Will and I take one last look at the fading summer movie season, spotlighting our highs and lows of the last four months. Enjoy.

Toronto 2014: 'Rosewater' Review

Rosewater won't screen at the Toronto Film Festival until Sept. 9, but it will most assuredly play at Telluride before then. (That festival hasn't announced its lineup or schedule yet.) But why wait? I reviewed the film for Screen International, and I went long because there is much to chew on in Jon Stewart's directorial debut.

As anyone who spends any time around me will know, I've long considered The Colbert Report to be vastly superior to The Daily Show -- to the point where I think Stewart's program might be more than a little overrated at this point. (That said, his show Tuesday on Ferguson was impeccable.) But the man's feature film is a fine, modest, sensitive piece of work, highlighted by strong performances from Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal and Kim Bodnia. Here's my review.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Greats: Terrence Malick

He's a man of mystery who lets his movies speak for him. He made two films in the 1970s, none in the '80s, one in the '90s, and three in the last 10 years. He, of course, is Terrence Malick, who's the latest subject of my Paste series "The Greats." Hope you enjoy.

(Note: Normally, I would include a photo, but Mr. Malick has so few of them out there in the world that I opted instead for the excellent opening sequence from The New World, his least-great movie.)

What to Watch at Home This Weekend

Nobody goes to the movies over Labor Day weekend, which is why the offerings are so pathetic. Instead, Will and I each recommended two indies available on VOD. These four films are all better than The November Man. (Plus, this gave me an excuse to finally write about Coherence.)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Operators - "True"

I'm that one weirdo who prefers all of Dan Boeckner's other bands to his main group, Wolf Parade, who are now on "indefinite hiatus." I loved Handsome Furs, I love Divine Fits, and I'm digging the first cut from his new group, Operators. For me, it's the anxiety in the keyboards and the bite in his voice that always move me.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

'Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Review

Title long enough for you? I really liked the original Sin City, but I was awfully disappointed with this sequel, which starts off well but then quickly loses altitude. I'm all for grownup, hyper-violent, trashy fun. (In fact, it's Robert Rodriguez's specialty.) But A Dame doesn't cut it. My review is live at Screen International.

My Interview With Ira Sachs (and John Lithgow) for 'Love Is Strange'

Yes, it's Love Is Strange Week around these parts. Yesterday, I ran my review of the film, and today I have a profile of its director Ira Sachs (along with a few thoughts from co-star John Lithgow, in the hat above) in Rolling Stone. They were both delightful. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'Love Is Strange' Review

One of the bigger hits at Sundance, Love Is Strange finally opens this weekend in select cities. It's a sweet, sad, wise romantic comedy-drama. I missed the movie at the festival, but I finally caught up with it recently. My review is now live at Deadspin.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What Are the All-Time Best Music Documentaries?

Rolling Stone has put together a list of the 40 greatest rock documentaries. I was quite happy to be asked to contribute write-ups for several of the finalists. As always, I didn't have a say in the rankings but, hey, I'm pretty happy with how it all shook out. (Truth be told, I'd probably put Gimme Shelter at No. 1, though.) Hope you enjoy.