Monthly Archives: December 2014


Foxcatcher – 5

December 16th, 2014|

Another entry on my list of “Based on a true story” makes a bad movie. Characters and events were so extreme that no reasonable screenwriter could have sold them, but the fact that something like this actually happened helped remove the no-one-will-believe-this filter. Steve Carrell’s John DuPont was such a one-dimensional obvious nutcase from the […]

Citizenfour – 4

December 12th, 2014|

As much as I admire, and in awe of, Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, this wasn’t much of a movie. It was static, very limited in scope and didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. How did Snowden get everything and take it with him to Hong Kong? How could he communicate it to […]

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – 7

December 9th, 2014|

From the Cinema of the Bizarre, an Iranian vampire love story, filmed with about a $10,000 budget and seven actors. The ending left the audience looking at each other in bemusement, but until that point it was sort of a fun story that made sense on its own terms. It’s funny how I left The […]

The Horseman – 6.5

December 3rd, 2014|

Every scene was an art shot, and in case you hadn’t noticed, the movie ended with a tableau of Bingham’s Jolly Flatboatmen. The story, however, wasn’t quite Lonesome Dove, despite Tommy Lee Jones and the incident-beset cross-country trek (who knew Nebraska was west of Iowa?). Why anyone would’ve done anything they did, or how they […]

Diplomacy – 7

December 1st, 2014|

Once one accepted that this was a stage play, not a docudrama, the philosophical back-and-forth between German General Chotlitz and Swedish Consul Nordling could be appreciated as an intellectual exploration of human motives, rather than a somewhat incredible portrayal of how Paris was saved from Nazi destruction. There was no reason Chotlitz would have allowed […]

The Theory of Everything – 7.8

December 1st, 2014|

Wonderful performances by Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, embodying, respectively, physical deterioration and maturation. Inasmuch as we sort of knew Stephen Hawking’s story it was, in a way, more interesting to follow the path of Jane Wilde, who started cute as a button then had to deal with a crippled husband, three children and her […]