Archives for September 2010


You will meet a tall dark stranger

Double dating explained
Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins
Directed by Woody Allen

In You will meet a tall dark stranger coming out this week the stars are aligned once again. Woody Allen's new picture--its title wrily referring to what fortune-tellers will say as soon as you're in the door-- is a winner, vintage Allen, with idiosyncrasies firmly rooted in tradition, the endearing stranger doing the voiceover and even—even!—a character named Alfie, played by Anthony Hopkins. ... more >

Easy A

Emma Stone brightens new comedy up
Emma Stone, Penn Badgley and Will Gluck
Directed by Will Gluck

The "Easy A" might as well be for a class in astronomy. This is supposed to be the movie in which the redhead it girl Emma Stone (“Superbad,” “Zombieland”) is born as a star. If dying stars turn into black holes, sucking everything around them into eternal darkness, then movie stardom defies the laws of physics. Stone absorbs the surrounding creative matter, burns it into a ray of light and ... more >


By ALI NADERZAD - September 17, 2010There are two movies you should pay attention to this Friday. The Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed “Jack Goes Boating,” about an aimless livery car driver who awkwardly goes on the path to self-improvement and “The Town,” a reprise of “Gone Baby Gone” with a heist plot fitted squarely in the middle. A.O. Scott reviewed “Jack” in the New York Times and we took the ... more >


A Pissed Off Mexican Out to Settle a Score
Danny Trejo, Robert DeNiro and Lindsay Lohan
Directed by Robert Rodriguez

Every now and then, you just want to watch a ridiculous movie. Not an art-house film, not a huge blockbuster, nothing that involves too much emotion or any mind-bending plot twists. As long as you’re not averse to lots of violence and explosions, Machete is just the film for you. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, a frequent Tarantino collaborator, and newcomer Ethan Maniquis, the film follows ... more >

Kevin McCarthy Leaves us

Adieu, Biff

That would be Kevin McCarthy who left us last Saturday. Although he never made it to the top tier of leading men, at least twice in his long acting life McCarthy created unforgettable characters. The first was in the 1949 Arthur Miller play, “Death of a Salesman” where he reprised his Broadway role in the Laslo Benedek film of the same name. He plays Biff Loman, a small-time loser who can never ... more >

Americans cause hoopla at Venice

Top Italian journalist laments raid on prizes

In a noted moment of chutzpah the Italian press, led by Paolo Mereghetti (pictured), has been up in arms about the American raid on the most consequential awards at the Venice Biennale with Sofia Coppola winning for “Somewhere” and Monte Hellman for “Road to nowhere.” I admit, I knew that neither film was a shoo-in for the top nods, especially with the wealth of prime cinema on the Lido this ... more >


By ALI NADERZAD - September 12, 2010The man with the pipe is dead. Claude Chabrol, the director of "Violette" and "Le beau Serge" and the author of noirish tightly-wrapped thrillers that had movie-goers on the edge of their seat, has passed on. One of the founding fathers of New Wave Chabrol was, like his contemporaries of that time, a film critic for the Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1970s and ... more >