Tag Archives: Chloë Sevigny

The Snowman

SOON THE FIRST SNOW WILL COME, AND THEN HE WILL KILL AGAIN.  Alcoholic Oslo cop Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is investigating several disappearances and grisly murders of women; all the crime scenes have a snowman in common… Tomas Alfredson tries to do for Norway what David Fincher did for Sweden with The Girl With the Dragon … Continue reading The Snowman

Lovelace

X MARKS THE LEGEND. After depicting Allen Ginsberg in Howl (2010), documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman took on another real-life person in fictionalized form, porn star Linda Lovelace, and tell the story of how she broke away from her conservative parents, found a career after making the most famous porn flick in history, … Continue reading Lovelace

Dogville

A QUIET LITTLE TOWN NOT FAR FROM HERE.   The residents of Dogville, Colorado, agree to offer runaway Grace (Nicole Kidman) sanctuary, with discomforting consequences. Lars von Trier’s first part of a planned trilogy about the U.S. was shot entirely on a soundstage with white stripes standing in for the buildings of Dogville (and the … Continue reading Dogville

Big Love: Utah Crime Family

Big Love was the little show that could. When the first episode aired immediately after the premiere of the sixth season of The Sopranos, it didn’t look like much. The first season was acknowledged as interesting and well-crafted but nowhere near as compelling as the celebrated mob show. Big Love was never a favorite among … Continue reading Big Love: Utah Crime Family

Melinda and Melinda

ONE LOVE STORY. TWO VERSIONS. SERIOUSLY FUNNY. During a dinner, a comedian and a playwright begin discussing two different approaches to the same story, one tragic and the other humorous. An amusing little experiment for director Woody Allen who tries to have it both ways rather than make a traditional decision on how to treat a … Continue reading Melinda and Melinda

Manderlay

LIBERATION. WHETHER THEY WANT IT OR NOT. After leaving Dogville, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) passes a Southern plantation where the owner still keeps slaves and decides to teach everyone there a lesson about democracy. Director Lars Von Trier’s sequel to Dogville (2003) uses the same theatrical set-up and once again his cinematographer employs effective visual tricks. However, Howard … Continue reading Manderlay

Shattered Glass

READ BETWEEN THE LIES. Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen) is a brilliant, young writer at The New Republic; his latest piece raises eyebrows, but critical eyes begin to look closer at his work… First-time director Billy Ray’s look at the real-life story of how a journalist wunderkind was exposed as a fraud in 1998 is pretty … Continue reading Shattered Glass

Zodiac: Killer, Liar, Enigma

THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO LOSE YOUR LIFE TO A KILLER. When David Fincher grew up in California, the killer known as the Zodiac was very real. Decades later when Fincher read James Vanderbilt’s screenplay he realized that he had been given the opportunity to make a film in the vein of All the President’s … Continue reading Zodiac: Killer, Liar, Enigma

Mrs. Harris

SHE LOVED HIM, SO SHE SHOT HIM. A slightly bizarre TV version of the famous case where a teacher with kids married an affluent doctor and subsequently shot him to death when their marriage soured. A previous TV movie, The People vs. Jean Harris from 1981 (that starred Ellen Burstyn), focused a lot on the … Continue reading Mrs. Harris

American Psycho

KILLER LOOKS. Reading Bret Easton Ellis’s novel about a 27-year-old commodities broker on Wall Street who has everything but is most passionate in life about rape and murder, throws you into various states of joy, depression, anger and sickness. Some chapters are damn near impossible to read. The vilest scenes don’t make it to the … Continue reading American Psycho