Archives for October 2009


A Serious Man

Weighty but not entirely lovable
Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind and Fred Melamed
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

The critical understanding of The Coen Brothers’ ‘No Country for Old Men’ often has divided, vaguely, between moralistic versus fatalistic interpretations. Is the killer Anton Chiguhr a human being, and therefore does the film ask us to take measure of his cock-eyed morality? Or is he a specter, a grim reaper for the modern age, a natural phenomenon that operates beyond moral application? How you ... more >

Capitalism: A Love Story

No justice. No peace.
Michael Moore
Directed by Michael Moore

I've seen “Capitalism” and loved it. Moore seems less manipulative than usual and except for a couple of mild false notes, this born-documentarist has written and directed a highly entertaining and moving film. Moore is a pitchman, and he makes an incredible pitch. As with his previous films, you will be upset, saddened, moved and angry beyond belief. But Moore knows that in order for his film ... more >

The Invention of Lying

What Ricky Gervais needs in the afterlife
Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner and Rob Lowe
Directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson

In one of the funnier scenes of The Invention of Lying, British comic Ricky Gervais –stuck in a world where he is the only person who knows how to lie – improvises a religion, the world’s first from what we can tell. The Man in the Sky, he tells a crowd, will give everyone a giant mansion after they die and an eternal afterlife of happiness (Yes, he is writing his ticket to Hell here) What ... more >