Tuesday, May 31, 2011

'submarine' review

Submarine is a slight, charming film about a Max Fischer-esque teen trying to find his way. Most critics seem to love it more than I do. My review is up at Yahoo.

Friday, May 27, 2011

drive-by truckers - goddamn lonely love

Happy Memorial Day weekend, folks. Be safe out there. And may you never feel that goddamn lonely love.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

'The Tree of Life' review

The Tree of Life is boldly ambitious, stunning conceived, and occasionally transporting. Unfortunately, it's also probably Terrence Malick's most frustrating film. I go over it at length in my Yahoo review.

Monday, May 23, 2011

'Tuesday, After Christmas' Review

At this point, just about any movie from Romania interests me. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu ... 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days ... Police, Adjective ... The Happiest Girl in the World ... Tales From the Golden Age: It's just been one strong film after another. Now comes Tuesday, After Christmas, a very sober, lifelike depiction of a married man having an affair. I reviewed the film for Yahoo.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

'kung fu panda 2' review

The first Kung Fu Panda was a real charmer. After years of "hip" (read: lame) DreamWorks animated films, Kung Fu Panda actually had some real heart -- plus, the thing looked fantastic. So my hopes were high for the new film. Unfortunately, I walked away disappointed. My review of Kung Fu Panda 2 is up at Screen International.

Friday, May 20, 2011

sebadoh - not too amused

Finally, someone got the bright idea of marrying Sebadoh's wonderfully angst-ridden lo-fi rock to an old Popeye cartoon....

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

'midnight in paris' review

Midnight in Paris is a real charmer. It's modest and likeable and funny. Is that enough? It is for me: I reviewed the film for Yahoo.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

thoughts on terrence malick

On Monday, Terrence Malick's new film, The Tree of Life, premieres at Cannes. I took the opportunity to reflect back on the director's career, specifically the aura of mystery he's cultivated so successfully. My piece is up at Yahoo: I hope you enjoy.

Friday, May 13, 2011

vampire weekend - giving up the gun

Yes, you've probably already seen this video. But is it not amusing? And, really, "Giving Up the Gun" is something of a time-capsule video: It'll be used to document the way indie bands used to incorporate random bizarre celebrity pairings for comedic effect. Or something. Oh, just watch the video.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

'pirates of the caribbean: on stranger tides' review

The initial reviews suggest I'm all by lonesome in thinking that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides stinks. Folks, I think it stinks really bad. I explain why over at Screen International.

Monday, May 09, 2011

'dylan dog: dead of night' review

I always thought Brandon Routh got a raw deal with Superman Returns. He played the part perfectly as a loving, dead-on homage to Christopher Reeve's turn as the Man of Steel a generation earlier. When the movie underperformed, everybody blamed him: Hey, he was just doing what he was told (and did it pretty well, I might add). Anyway, his career has stumbled a bit since then: He's in the new horror-comedy Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. It is not very good, as my Screen International review explains.

Friday, May 06, 2011

elvis costello and burt bacharach - this house is empty now

Remember when it seemed like Elvis Costello was making every other album with some sort of high-profile collaborator? 1998's Painted From Memory paired him with Burt Bacharach: "This House Is Empty Now" was a real standout.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

'something borrowed' review

Oh, Something Borrowed, there's a kernel of a good idea embedded within your movie: Why couldn't you find it? And, seriously, Kate Hudson: What were you thinking? My review of this unfortunate romantic comedy is available over at Yahoo.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

'thor' review

My review of Thor in five words: "Sue me, I liked it." My review of Thor in 860 words you can see over at Yahoo.