Tag Archives: Tilda Swinton

Adaptation: The Truth About Charlie

FROM THE CREATOR OF BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, COMES THE STORY ABOUT THE CREATOR OF BEING JOHN MALKOVICH.  In 1994, Jonathan Demme bought the rights to journalist Susan Orlean’s book ”The Orchid Thief”, where she investigated the arrest of John Laroche who was dealing illegally in rare plants. Neither she nor Demme could have predicted what … Continue reading Adaptation: The Truth About Charlie

War Machine

WE’RE GOING TO LIBERATE THE SHIT OUT OF YOU.  After a successful tour in Iraq, four-star general Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) is relocated to Afghanistan to help steer that war in the right direction. Former documentary filmmaker David Michôd adapted the book that chronicled General Stanley McChrystal’s time in Afghanistan (which ended in his dismissal), … Continue reading War Machine

Doctor Strange

OPEN YOUR MIND. CHANGE YOUR REALITY.  Brilliant but arrogant New York surgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has his hands destroyed in a car accident; out of desperation, he looks up a mystic (Tilda Swinton) in Nepal who opens his mind and gives him awe-inspiring abilities. Another Marvel hero gets his own movie, done in the … Continue reading Doctor Strange

Trainwreck

ALL ABOARD.  Twentysomething Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer), who wouldn’t dream of having a relationship, is assigned to write an article on a sports doctor (Bill Hader). Comedian Schumer’s first movie script is a treat in the hands of Judd Apatow who’s shown a knack for creating films that are funny, heartfelt and has roles for … Continue reading Trainwreck

Hail, Caesar!

LIGHTS. CAMERA. ABDUCTION. In 1951, Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) juggles a busy life, including trying to find out where the studio’s biggest star (George Clooney) has disappeared… The Coen brothers on familiar turf, with yet another kidnapping and a comedy set half a century ago. The biggest appeal here is how lovingly the … Continue reading Hail, Caesar!

Snowpiercer

FIGHT YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT.  After a catastrophic event resulting in a new ice age, mankind’s only survivors are packed onboard a huge train traveling a worldwide track; one day, the poor in the back mount another attempt at revolt… The Korean director’s English-language debut has a premise that won’t stand up to scrutiny, … Continue reading Snowpiercer

Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

  In February 1942, the Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his wife were found dead in Brazil after committing suicide. In his native Austria, World War I had turned Zweig into a pacifist; when Hitler rose to power in Germany, the author fled to America and stayed in New York City for a while before … Continue reading Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

Only Lovers Left Alive

Adam and Eve (Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton) are vampires who have been married for ages; during a stay in Tangier, Eve senses Adam’s depression and goes to see him in Detroit where he’s gained a reputation as an underground rock genius. When Jim Jarmusch makes a romantic film about vampires, the results are neither horror … Continue reading Only Lovers Left Alive

We Need to Talk About Kevin

There were critics who labeled Morvern Callar director Lynne Ramsay’s film about a woman trying to cope in the wake of a disaster that rocked her community a masterpiece. As an example of superior filmmaking skills, it is a great movie, very visual and visceral as it examines this woman’s parenting skills in flashbacks where … Continue reading We Need to Talk About Kevin

Moonrise Kingdom

In 1965, an orphaned boy scout and his new-found girlfriend (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) run away from home, which prompts a search. This will no doubt satisfy die-hard fans of Wes Anderson who has made another dollhouse of a movie, one that offers meticulously designed scenes that mirror Anderson’s sepia-toned artistic vision and fondness for … Continue reading Moonrise Kingdom

Burn After Reading

INTELLIGENCE IS RELATIVE. When a CIA analyst (John Malkovich) is fired, he decides to write a book… but the consequences are deadly for some of Washington’s dumbest citizens. This is the Coen brothers having a little fun after winning Oscars for No Country for Old Men (2007). Their story about dirty deals and paranoia in the nation’s capital is well … Continue reading Burn After Reading

The Statement

AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II, MANY OF THOSE INVOLVED IN WAR CRIMES WERE PROSECUTED. SOME GOT AWAY. UNTIL NOW.  French WWII criminal Pierre Brossard (Michael Caine) has been on the run since the 1940s, always relying on protection from Catholic Church officials; lately the heat has become almost too much to bear. No … Continue reading The Statement