The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s love letter to journalism especially The New Yorker, is a mostly good film that’s well worth the wait. This film is a series of vignettes focusing on a travelogue, art, student protests, and a police kidnapping. The four stories come from the final issue of The French Dispatch, based in the fictional French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé. Outside of the city, nothing ties them together. Together, the vignettes do feature an…"The French Dispatch Is Short of Masterpiece Status"
In addition to joining the Paramount Presents line, Almost Famous arrives on 4K Ultra HD for the first time with new bonus content. I first reviewed the film last year when Cameron Crowe’s instant classic celebrated the 20th anniversary of its theatrical release in 2000. Anyway, both the 4K UHD and limited-edition Blu-ray include the theatrical and bootleg (aka Untitled) cuts of the film. Cameron Crowe draws on his real-life experiences writing for Rolling Stone…"Almost Famous: Cameron Crowe Film Arrives On 4K"
Fresh off of its Best Picture, Director, and Actress wins at the Academy Awards, Nomadland is now available to bring home on Blu-ray. The film was among the few films to play all the major film festivals last year. It became the first film to take home the top awards at both Venice and Toronto. Chloé Zhao is a phenomenal filmmaker and and the Oscar wins and nominations show it. It’s been a long awards…"Nomadland Arrives On Blu-ray"
When the last award of the night was announced this evening, viewers were stunned to learn Anthony Hopkins beat Chadwick Boseman. I apologize if none of this is coherent as I am still in a state of shock. Hopkins gave a commanding performance in the film but Chadwick Boseman all but locked it up. When Joaquin Phoenix opened it up, I was shocked. I mean, I had the tweet ready to go and then suddenly…"Anthony Hopkins Over Chadwick Boseman: A Shock"
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…"Burn After Reading: A Comedic Political Thriller"
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…"New York FF 2020: Nomadland"
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…"Almost Famous Celebrates 20th Anniversary"
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…"Isle of Dogs: Wes Anderson Does It Again"