Pawn Sacrifice (2014) | first of all, Edward Zwick made an indie film (!). sadly, it’s not very good—unless you like watching Tobey Maguire shouting for two hours as a completely unsympathetic Bobby Fischer, tortured chess genius.
Maps to the Stars (2014) | there’s a lot to like about this fucked up, twisted story, but sadly, the ending doesn’t do the clever setup justice.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) | since it was supposed to be a double feature telling the story from His perspective and Her perspective, needless to say, this is not what Ned Benson and co had envisioned. having worked on the film, it has a special place in my heart, but looking at this condensed version objectively, the story feels hollow, choppy, and reeks of white privilege melodrama. the Him and Her versions come out next month, and while I’m interested to see how the gimmick works, i’m still contemplating whether i want to sit through another two versions of this story…
woke up to a gorgeously gloomy morning and want it to be “fall” weather so badly here after the #LAHeatStorm (yes, it was oppressive). also i want to be able to change up my wardrobe and say, maybe, get a lovely coat like this one from Emerson Fry.
Chef (2014) | let it be known that when the writing is weak (the proportions are off and Jon Favreau’s Chef Carl Casper doesn’t actually have any obstacles to tackle), celebrity cameos, food porn shots, and an over-saturation of soundtrack won’t make it any better.
That Awkward Moment (2014) | saw this a while back and sadly, i can still recall how irritatingly awful it is; young successful 20-something bros with jobs that don’t really take up much of their time yet somehow they’re able to afford living in one bedrooms in Manhattan, all the while talking about love and relationships over coffee.
Broadcast News (1987) | smart and hilarious, the film holds up remarkably well.
Begin Again (2013) | a bland but sorta nice movie, kinda like Keira Knightley’s singing voice; just don’t expect it to hit the raw emotional chords ONCE did.
Boyhood (2014) | i love that Richard Linklater’s used time/the passing of time and what that means to us and our relationships, and found such incredible ways to present that in cinematic form. BOYHOOD is the latest and perhaps most ambitious example of that remarkable endeavor. Shame it has to start with a Coldplay song though.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) | with the exception of the Quicksilver sequence, this installment is disappointingly unexceptional (even ludicrous), especially since X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is such a smart reboot of the franchise.
Frank (2014) | not a fan of this Sundance darling that wallows in its British Indie-ness and puts more thought into its quirkiness than how much heart it should actually run on.
The Two Faces of January (2014) | thrillingly Hitchcockian and not without a hint of THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (but of course, Patricia Highsmith wrote the book), i thoroughly enjoyed watching the film’s three characters traipse through Greece while trying to get away with murder.
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So the producers of MIDNIGHT RIDER are charged now and the wheels are turning and according to Daily Variety and just about every person I talk to who is in charge of determining my hours we are all “more focused on safety.” It’s all over my Facebook Feed and Twitter Feed and you know what….?
as an indie producer who’s crewed on sets, I make it a priority to keep humane work/turnover hours. 12 on, 12 off, union or not. it correlates directly with the safety of your crew and set AS WELL AS ITS EFFICIENCY! we’ve all stolen shots here and there, but if you’re actually in a situation in which you’re asking yourself “should I have a permit for this?” you probably should have attained one.
making movies should never have to result in death or involuntary manslaughter charges. this shit is awful, but here’s to hoping the severity of it will keep this from happening again.
Ukraine is Not a Brothel (2013) | feminism and feminist protest should be encouraged and supported, but I’ve always felt unsure about FEMEN, the topless protest group that originated from Ukraine. as one of the best documentaries I’ve watched recently, Ukraine is Not a Brothel boldly explores the organization and uncovers truths about it that provide a deeper (and sadder, honestly) understanding about the place of women today.