Monthly Archives: September 2015


Meru – 7.5

2015-09-18T22:09:14+00:00September 18th, 2015|Reviews|

Just when you thought you'd seen an amazing movie about three "professional climbers" (whatever they are) almost making it to the top of the previously unscaled Himalayan peak known as "Meru," only to be foiled by bad weather, lack of food and frozen toes, you found out that - oh, no! - they're going to [...]

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine – 6.5

2015-09-10T19:33:49+00:00September 10th, 2015|Reviews|

There are amazing stories in the life of Steve Jobs: how two kids in a garage took on one of the world's most powerful companies, IBM, and came out on top; how Steve Jobs, after getting fired, came back to Apple and returned it from near-bankruptcy to the most valuable company in the world; how [...]

Mistress America – 7.9

2015-09-10T19:04:12+00:00September 10th, 2015|Reviews|

The adorable Greta Gerwig in a madcap farce from Noah Baumbach - much better than While We're Young - reminded me of the younger Woody Allen's movies: a charming female lead, New York locations, oddball secondary characters and real-life situations that seem real but probably occur more often in the movies. Lola Kirke is the grounded one, [...]

Diary of A Teenage Girl – 6.5

2015-09-04T23:27:34+00:00September 4th, 2015|Reviews|

"I had sex today," announces 15-year-old Minnie in the opening scene, and that's pretty much all that happens. When we learn that the sex was with her mother's slacker boyfriend, a certain uneasiness, not to mention creepiness, sets in, but even then the ultimate explosion we see coming is rather muted. Kristen Wiig is wonderful [...]

The End of the Tour – 8

2015-09-02T04:53:54+00:00September 2nd, 2015|Reviews|

I haven't read Infinite Jest - although now I want to - and I know nothing about David Foster Wallace, but Jason Segel did about as good a job of creating a real person out of a historical figure as I can remember. Jesse Eisenberg was brilliant, too, as a youngish reporter unable to separate an [...]

Phoenix – 8.2

2015-09-01T05:28:52+00:00September 1st, 2015|Reviews|

An intense psychological thriller, with both leads acting up a storm in a confined space, making us think and feel all at once and constantly. Reviewers cite a similarity to Hitchcock's Vertigo, which I either don't remember or didn't see, but I felt an echo of Gaslight in the manipulative husband-wife relationship, or even Pygmalion, as Johnny tries to [...]

Straight Outta Compton – 8

2015-09-01T04:42:29+00:00September 1st, 2015|Reviews|

As far as I can tell, this captured the world of Gangsta Rap so well I feel I'm now an expert. I certainly learned a lot of new songs. I don't think there was much original in the story of the friends from the 'hood who rose through the power of their art, fighting the [...]