Sunday December 8, 2013
In 1951, American poet Elizabeth Bishop left for Brazil to "clear her head." She stayed for 15 years. Now Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barreto (Bossa Nova, View from the Top) tells the story of that sojourn with Miranda Otto in the lead, along with Treat Williams, Tracy Middendorf, and Gloria Pires. Our reviewer Eric D. Snider praises the biopic's "lush, gorgeous scenery" but wishes the "pleasant, unobjectionable drama for grown-ups" offered just a little bit of "crassness, to liven things up." Read Eric's review of Reaching for the Moon.
Thursday November 28, 2013
Like last year, we attended the exground filmfest in Wiesbaden, Germany -- and were surprised by three first films: Alyx Duncan's mesmerizing hybrid between feature and documentary, The Red House, Kerry Candaele's exploration of the global reception of Beethoven's last symphony, Following the Ninth, and Schwarzer Panther: The Story of Emile and Jacob by the Swiss writer/director Samuel Perriard (pictured). Read about what else we discovered at exground...
Tuesday November 26, 2013
Judi Dench gives an unreservedly endearing performance as a mother looking for her lost child in Stephen Frear's magnificently acted and gently moving two-hankie drama. Steve Coogan plays the cynical freelance journalist accompanying her, hungry for a meaty human interest story. Based on a true story recounted by Martin Sixsmith in his book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, the film is playing in theaters now. Read Eric Snider's review.
Saturday November 16, 2013
Movies about the beat poets have been plentiful lately -- On the Road, Howl, Big Sur, Chicago 10 -- but Kill Your Darlings has two things going for it: it focuses on a lesser-known period in the lives of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and co, and Daniel Ratcliffe plays Ginsberg. Kill Your Darlings tells engaging story about bright, inexperienced artists working through their tumultuous formative years, says Eric D. Snider. Read his review.