Archives for April 2011


The Fast and the Furious

Testosterone and super-fuel
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne Johnson
Directed by Justin Lin

It’s the moment that we’ve all been waiting for! No, not when Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson throw each other through a series of windows, as they sweat nails in a scuffle only missing a cage (but the moment when The Rock spits out broken glass is precious.) It’s rather when, after surviving an urban warfare ambush in a armor-plated Humvee, these two macho adversaries lock ... more >

TFF’11: Marathon Boy

“Marathon Boy” follows the unbelievable story of Budhia Singh, a boy born into the crushing poverty of an Indian slum, sold by his destitute mother, and rescued by a judo coach who runs an orphanage. The coach, Biranchi Das, soon discovers that then-three year-old Budhia has a prodigious talent for running. Jumping on what he sees as a huge opportunity both for himself and the children who ... more >

Tribeca ’11: Dennis Farina in Last Rites of Joe May

No actor has mastered the art of muttering obscenities under his breath more expertly than Dennis Farina. In “Get Shorty,” “Snatch” and other films about low-life criminals, Farina, with his eagle-eyed glare, Charles Bronson-like mustache and clenched-teeth diction, has stolen every scene he’s in merely by spouting off an array of expletives. “The fucking airport,” he barks at a cab driver in “Get ... more >

TRIBECA FESTIVAL | “The Swell Season”

“It excels for its moments of raw, biting humor"

When “Once,” the small story of an Irish busker singing earnest songs who falls for an earnest Czech immigrant was released in 2006 it enchanted even the most hard-hearted movie critics. It wasn’t just diehard folk fans who wanted to eat “Once’s” two characters alive. Everyone of every temperament, style and taste loved “Once’s” stripped-down approach to the musical, the lack of grandiose dance ... more >


So it's not the film of the decade--so what?
Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor and Bobby Cannavale
Directed by Tom McCarthy

After the affably quirky "Station Agent" and the quietly heartbreaking "The Visitor," writer-director (and, outside his own movies, actor) Thomas McCarthy takes a mildly disappointing step backward with "Win Win," a conventional family dramedy that can best be described as cuddly. Paul Giamatti, doing his quite familiar lovable curmudgeon shtick, plays a struggling small-town lawyer and ... more >


Gaukur Úlfarsson's documentary "Gnarr" follows the efforts of Jón Gnarr, an Icelandic comedian/TV show actor/perpetual goofball, to become Mayor of Reykjavik. A brief prologue provides a glimpse, as did "Inside Job," into the 2008 financial crisis in Iceland, in which the country's three largest banks collapsed and were subsequently nationalized, leading to a still ongoing recession. The ... more >

TRIBECA ’11: Mumblecore’s Treatment

"Treatment" is the funniest, most energetic film yet to come out of the mumblecore movement, which has proven to be as incestuous as it is prolific. Its star, Joshua Leonard (whose beak nose and shaggy charm resemble Owen Wilson's), and director/producer Steven Schardt were also involved with 2009's “Humpday." That movie's co-star Mark Duplass was the co-director of 2008's “Baghead”; Duplass' ... more >