Tag Archives: Michelle Williams

Fosse/Verdon

The story of the the troubled but brilliant partnership, on and off stage, between the legendary choreographer and director Bob Fosse and the Broadway star Gwen Verdon gets a superb, dark treatment in this limited series. Throwing us back and forth between seminal events in their lives (while also constantly reminding us of mortality), we … Continue reading Fosse/Verdon

Venom

EMBRACE YOUR INNER ANTI-HERO. Down-on-his-luck investigative journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is infected by an alien lifeform, which gives him awkward new powers to fight the industrialist (Riz Ahmed) who caused his downfall. Venom appeared in Spider-Man 3 (2007), but got a new shot in this grim and sluggish film from the man who brought … Continue reading Venom

All the Money in the World

J. PAUL GETTY HAD A FORTUNE. EVERYONE ELSE PAID THE PRICE.  In 1973, the grandson (Charlie Plummer) of the world’s richest man, J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer), is kidnapped by Italian mobsters and a ransom is demanded; however, Getty refuses to pay. This sordid, reality-based story is vividly brought to life by Ridley Scott who … Continue reading All the Money in the World

Manchester by the Sea: Laugh While You Cry

This film opens with (and frequently returns to) lovely images of the waters just off Manchester-by-the-Sea, a small Massachusetts community. It struck me that through director Kenneth Lonergans eyes at least this place looks similar to many others around the world. In fact, it reminded me of the archipelago outside the small town in southern … Continue reading Manchester by the Sea: Laugh While You Cry

My Week with Marilyn

Young Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) gets a foot inside a British movie studio just in time to witness the chaos behind Laurence Olivier’s new film project, which partners him with Marilyn Monroe. A very entertaining, sweet and elegant look behind the scenes of the making of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) where two icons … Continue reading My Week with Marilyn

Oz the Great and Powerful

THE LAND YOU KNOW. THE STORY YOU DON’T. In 1905, a circus magician (James Franco) ends up in a hot-air balloon that takes him to Oz, a fantastical land, where he’s mistaken for a powerful wizard who can fight witches. It takes guts to make a prequel to one of history’s most beloved films. Sam … Continue reading Oz the Great and Powerful

Mammoth

After the thoroughly unwatchable A Hole in My Heart (2004) and Container (2006), Lukas Moodysson recovered with a bigger-budgeted but more conventional drama that follows an affluent couple in New York (Gael García Bernal, Michelle Williams), their nanny (Marife Necesito) and her children that have been left with relatives in the Philippines. While on a … Continue reading Mammoth

Take This Waltz: When the Grass is Greener

In a Canadian interview last September, director Sarah Polley said that making Take This Waltz was even scarier than debuting with Away From Her (2007) – this time her script had no short story to rely on, but was her idea from the start. She can relax now, because her second film is even better … Continue reading Take This Waltz: When the Grass is Greener

Synecdoche, New York

New York theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) tries to understand his life and relationships while fretting over dying without having accomplished something lasting. Charlie Kaufman’s directing debut was hailed as a masterpiece by some, but it is a frustrating experience. Wildly ambitious, with elements that are more or less brilliant, Kaufman as a filmmaker … Continue reading Synecdoche, New York

Shutter Island

SOME PLACES NEVER LET YOU GO. In 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) arrive at Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of one of the patients from the island’s mental hospital. Director Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s tightly written page-turner is somewhat bloated and overwrought, but he nevertheless … Continue reading Shutter Island