Film

Infinite Improbability

Moneyball Columbia Pictures In the 1996 film The Fan, Gil Renard (played by Robert De Niro) tells his son, “Baseball is better than real life–it’s fair.” Of course, Renard turns out to have a few screws loose, but this is a lovely statement about the great American Pastime. Sadly, anyone…

It’s a bomb, bro

30 Minutes or Less Red Hour/Columbia Pictures Real friends will do anything for you. They’ll always have your back, be your shoulder to cry on or kick you in the ass if you need it and buy you a beer afterward. They may even help you rob a bank if…

Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys and Aliens Universal Pictures There is some truth in advertising. Cowboys and Aliens offers exactly what its title suggests. There are plenty of cowboys and aliens (more of the former than the latter–cowboy hats are cheaper than elaborate CGI sequences). Even cowboys’ more traditional foils, the Indians, are thrown…

The Corporate Ladder

Horrible Bosses Amid the giant robots, British wizards and buff super heroes, this past weekend Warner Bros. injected some much-needed laughs into what has been a pretty ho-hum summer movie season so far (with the exception of Cars 2). Horrible Bosses may not carry with it gargantuan effects or titanic…

Chasing the Muse

Midnight in Paris Sony Pictures Classics As far as body of work goes, Woody Allen is a titan among American filmmakers. While his films may not have the epic scope of a Coppola or the box office clout of a Spielberg, Allen’s pantheon is no less impressive, running the gamut…

Love Buzz

My Heart Is an Idiot Budget Fabulous Films Love. Well, it’s difficult to wax eloquent about love without sounding trite. That’s probably because it’s the most clichéd of all human emotions, so much so that even recognizing it’s impossible to write about love without sounding trite has also become trite….

Trains, Pains & Brain Drains

Atlas Shrugged: Part I (The Strike Pictures) As this film is the nadir of entertainment, let’s keep the synopsis short: Dagny Taggart (Taylor Shilling) owns Taggart Transcontinental alongside her myopic brother, James Taggart (Mathew Marsden). Dagny works against her brother striving to make Taggart Transcontinental the best railroad ever! Yet…

Deus Ex Machina

The Adjustment Bureau Is there a greater power steering this crazy ship called life? If there is, most times it seems like He/She is asleep at the wheel, or at the very least well above the legal limit. And if destiny does rule all, then what about free choice? Did…

The Blame Game

Blue Valentine Love, like any other volatile emotion, doesn’t always end well. What starts out with the best of intentions can come crashing down. The fragility of love is explored in Derek Cianfrance’s breakout film, Blue Valentine. Much like the emotion it delves deep into, the film itself gets messy….

Blessed Black Wings

Black Swan When Thomas Leroy (played by French actor Vincent Cassel) announces to his ballet company that the next season at New York’s Lincoln Center will open with Swan Lake, he acknowledges that it’s an obvious, even overdone choice. But, he tells his attentive company, their production is going to…