James Gray is the most underrated director in America. He continues to make gorgeous, moving dramas while working with big-name actors in some of their best performances. His previous four films (The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers, & The Immigrant) were all nominated for a Palme d’Or, giving him decent international clout, but in America his films have yet to receive an Oscar nomination. Continue reading The Lost City of Z (2016)
The sweeping Waltz 2 of Dimitri Shostakovich plays as Nicole Kidman disrobes, her back to the camera. So it’s going to be that kind of film. And while Eyes Wide Shut is certainly a film dealing a lot about sex and promiscuity, it’s much more of a film about the idea of infidelity and the dark side of lust. Much like A Clockwork Orange, people are quick to label the film the very thing it is not. If anything, Eyes Wide Shut is one of the most potent arguments for monogamy and fidelity.
On my first viewing of Hail, Caesar!, I didn’t get it. The plot is full of tangents, the humor rarely hi, and I wasn’t sure what to think of the end. However, I found myself wanting to revisit it because I tend to love the Coen Bros. films and most of my friends were raving about it. I’m glad I did because this film is an absolute delight. Continue reading Hail, Caesar! (2016)