REVIEW: “Burnt”

REVIEW: “Burnt”

The Food Network, The Cooking Channel, Iron Chef, Chopped and so many other entertainment delicacies have made cooking mainstream and cool. It only follows that a movie dealing with modern culinary sensibilities would have to be hip and sexy. And of course that would require casting Bradley Cooper as not only the best chef on the … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Le Passé” (“The Past”)

REVIEW: “Le Passé” (“The Past”)

Asghar Farhadi is without question one of my favorite working filmmakers. Watching a Farhadi film is unique. He doesn’t make movies intended as escapes. He offers intense examinations filled with truth and reality. Farhadi possesses a sensibility towards the human experience that you rarely sense from other filmmakers. He features a bold and unbridled approach … Continue reading

REVIEW: “The Walk”

REVIEW: “The Walk”

In 2008 a fascinating documentary called “Man on Wire” told the story of French tightrope artist Philippe Petit and his 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York City’s World Trade Center. Petit’s dream walk required an elaborate covert operation to both setup and perform the act. He extended his steel cable from … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Hail, Caesar!”

REVIEW: “Hail, Caesar!”

I have to think it takes a specific sensibility to pull of a Golden Age of cinema parody especially in today’s movie climate. Modern comedies seem content with sticking to tired formulas and they rarely step outside of those boxes. And unfortunately these retreads attract big enough crowds to keep the filmmakers comfortable in the … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Mistress America”

REVIEW: “Mistress America”

Noah Baumbach has a unique fascination with telling stories of high-strung eccentric chatterboxes who aren’t always the most likable people to be around. Some are airy and naive. Others are astringent and self-absorbed. But despite each of their quirks, annoyances, or repellent personalities, I’ve always found myself fascinated with Baumbach’s strange and often self-destructive creations. Enter … Continue reading