Burn After Reading: A Comedic Political Thriller

The Coen brothers find a way to mix both political thriller and dark comedy in Burn After Reading to give us a beautiful piece of cinema. Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) quits his job as a CIA analyst and uses this newfound time to write his memoir.  His wife, Katie (Tilda Swinton), sees this and continues having an affair with U.S. Marshal Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney).  It feels like everybody is having an affair as we…

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New York FF 2020: Nomadland

Chloé Zhao is a rising star behind the camera and the filmmaker continues to amaze us with her third feature film, Nomadland. In a perfect world, we would be privileged to watch two films directed by Zhao this year.  The other one being a film from Marvel Studios called Eternals.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it?  In any event, Zhao delivers a very different film than The Rider.  However, this one feels bleaker in nature. No…

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Almost Famous Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Almost Famous, an instant classic from writer-director Cameron Crowe, celebrates its 20th anniversary of its theatrical release in 2000. Cameron Crowe draws on his real-life experiences writing for Rolling Stone to tell this semi-autobiographical story.  The things that William Miller (Patrick Fugit) experiences are things that Crowe did in real life.  They say to write what you know, right? In any event, William doesn’t exactly have the best home life.  His mom (Frances McDormand), recently…

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Isle of Dogs: Wes Anderson Does It Again

With a film that pays homage to Japanese cinema, Wes Anderson has done it again with the crowd-pleasing stop-motion animated feature, Isle of Dogs. Isle of Dogs is as much the story of Chief (Bryan Cranston) and Spots (Liev Schreiber) as it is 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin). Although it left him in a three-year coma, Atari had survived an accident while his parents perished.  He was left as a ward to his uncle, Mayor…

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