Tag Archives: Michael Shannon

Midnight Special

HE’S NOT LIKE US.  Roy Tomlin (Michael Shannon) are on the run together with his friend (Joel Edgerton) and eight-year-old boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who has special, awesome powers… which is also a reason why a cult and government agencies are after them. Jeff Nichols continues to impress with a sci-fi thriller echoing Close Encounters of … Continue reading Midnight Special

We Need Satire Now More Than Ever

The first Saturday Night Live after the U.S. presidential election was a sad affair, and perhaps it was fitting to combine the grief after Leonard Cohen’s passing and the post-election shock, as Kate McKinnon performed a version of “Hallelujah” in the guise of Hillary Clinton. I remember film critic Matt Zoller Seitz tweeting two days after the … Continue reading We Need Satire Now More Than Ever

Nocturnal Animals

WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEONE YOU CAN’T JUST THROW IT AWAY.  Art gallery owner Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) receives a copy of a novel written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal); she’s immediately drawn into the story about a family that falls victim to three men while driving in the middle of nowhere… Tom Ford’s second film … Continue reading Nocturnal Animals

Groundhog Day: Lost in Punxsutawney

HE’S HAVING THE WORST DAY OF HIS LIFE… OVER, AND OVER… As a critic, one should be careful sometimes. In 1993, Washington Post’s Desson Howe sat down to watch a new movie starring Bill Murray, and he didn’t like it. Confidently, he stated in his review that Groundhog Day ”will never be designated a national … Continue reading Groundhog Day: Lost in Punxsutawney

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), who hunts criminals as the masked vigilante Batman in Gotham City, is furious to see Superman (Henry Cavill) partly responsible for so many deaths in Metropolis. The 3D sequel to Man of Steel (2013) is more ambitious, visually and narratively, but once you get over the thrill of watching these … Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The Night Before

THREE WISE MEN. ONE WILD CHRISTMAS.  Three best friends (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie) are going out on Christmas Eve in New York City as they always do… but a fourteen-year long tradition is about to end. The director and stars of 50/50 (2011) are reunited for a comedy that looks like they usually … Continue reading The Night Before

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans

THE ONLY CRIMINAL HE CAN’T CATCH IS HIMSELF. Six months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans cop Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage), who’s hooked on painkillers (among other drugs), starts looking into who killed several illegal immigrants from Senegal. This film, which has nothing to do with the 1992 Bad Lieutenant, really could have ended either way. … Continue reading The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans

Sundance 2015: Saoirse, Franco’s Gay Dilemma and the Lucas Circus Movies

This year’s Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah is about to wrap up and the time has come to remember a few highlights. The clip above celebrates some of its participants in slo-mo style courtesy of the New York Times. Saoirse Ronan made quite a splash this year with two films at the festival, Brooklyn … Continue reading Sundance 2015: Saoirse, Franco’s Gay Dilemma and the Lucas Circus Movies

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

Boardwalk Empire: Bringing Back the Booze

  This period gangster show was created by a man who cut his teeth as a writer and producer on the seminal HBO mafia saga, The Sopranos (1999-2007). With lots of attention preceding its premiere, and the Emmy-winning pilot episode directed by none other than Martin Scorsese, it would be easy to just kneel before … Continue reading Boardwalk Empire: Bringing Back the Booze

Take Shelter

  When Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) starts having apocalyptic visions and disturbing nightmares, he decides to build a storm shelter in his backyard… but his family worries about his mental health. The director reunites with Shannon after Shotgun Stories (2007) for another independent film, but this time it is one that unites everyday life with … Continue reading Take Shelter