Miscellaneous August 1, 2014
By Craig Frenton
Movie Review: "Boyhood" A- July 31, 2014
Near the end of "Boyhood," Richard Linklater's truly remarkable time-lapse portrait of a child growing up, the boy's mother, Olivia (Patricia Arquette), is feeling wistful over his imminent departure for college. "I just thought there would be more," she says -- more to life, more to the experience of motherhood, more to everything. That rueful sentiment could be echoed by viewers of "Boyhood" who find the movie uneventful or dull -- and I hope those viewers, like Olivia, realize they're looking at it the wrong way.
Movie Review: "Magic in the Moonlight" C+ July 31, 2014
Maybe the reason Woody Allen is so fond of the 1920s and '30s is that in those days, nobody batted an eye when, say, a 53-year-old man like Colin Firth had a relationship with a 25-year-old woman like Emma Stone. Not so anymore! Nowadays, if a man is 28 years older than his love interest, people wonder about ulterior motives or undue influence. Some people might even find it a little creepy, actually, especially in a Woody Allen movie.
Movie Review: "They Came Together" B+ July 31, 2014
[In theaters and Video on Demand.]
Movie Review: "A Most Wanted Man" B July 31, 2014
The venerable English spy-novelist John le Carré has been writing page-turners since the early 1960s, when the Cold War was giving people in le Carré's profession ample material to work with. As the times have changed, le Carré has adapted his skills. The easily identifiable Soviets and East Germans of "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" are gone now (even their countries are gone); modern espionage focuses on terrorist groups and religious extremists, most of whom aren't affiliated with or backed by a government. Intelligence-gathering is more complicated now. But le Carré's criticism of it -- that the West's tactics often go against our ideals -- is as trenchant as ever, as we see in the film "A Most Wanted Man," adapted from his 2008 novel.
Eric's Blog July 28, 2014
Remember the Garrens Comedy Troupe? Remember when we did a 20th anniversary show? Remember when we released the video of that show?
Eric's Blog July 27, 2014
[Also reviews of "And So It Goes," "They Came Together," and "A Most Wanted Man." It's a busy week at Movie B.S.!]
Movie Review: "And So It Goes" D July 25, 2014
A while back, after years of directing good movies in a variety of genres, Rob Reiner decided to focus on tepid, forgettable, upscale comedies aimed at the least discerning, most easily entertained demographic in America: middle-aged white people. So instead of "The Princess Bride," "A Few Good Men," and "When Harry Met Sally...," the once and future Meathead has been shoveling out tripe like "The Bucket List," "Rumor Has It...," "Alex & Emma," and now the latest, "And So It Goes," a movie so lazy it couldn't even be bothered to come up with a real title.
Movie Review: "Lucy" C July 25, 2014
The familiar adage about how humans only use 10 percent of their brains is an old wives' tale (old scientists' tale?), but that doesn't mean it can't be the basis for a good story. I mean, it's not true that getting bitten by a radioactive spider gives you the powers of a spider, either, but you go with it. So what sorts of things could we do if we unlocked 100 percent of our mental potential? The possibilities are staggering!
Movie Review: "Hercules (2014)" C July 25, 2014
"Hercules" begins with someone saying, "You think you know the truth about him? You know nothing!" That seems like an unnecessarily combative way to start a movie, but it does set the tone. This ain't your father's Hercules! Unless your father is Brett Ratner. Which, for all I know, he may well be.
The last 60 days:
- And So It Goes D
- Boyhood A-
- Calvary B
- The Congress B
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes B
- The Expendables 3 D+
- Guardians of the Galaxy B
- Hercules (2014) C
- If I Stay C
- Into the Storm C-
- Land Ho! B-
- Lucy C
- Magic in the Moonlight C+
- A Most Wanted Man B
- The One I Love B+
- The Purge: Anarchy C
- Sex Tape C
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) C-
- What If B-
- Wish I Was Here D+