Archives for July 2011


Crazy, Stupid, Love

The perfect Summer rom-com
Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

I like marriage. I do. At least in theory. I am unmarried, myself. But my parents are married. My friends are married. It seems like a good deal. So why is it that more and more, I find myself rooting against marriages when I watch them on film? In real life, whether divorce re-invigorates miserable people is situational. As movies go, for better or worse, it usually frees them. I’m not ... more >

Jacob Tierney

From indie track to the big track

Jacob Tierney's film career launched in 1993, at the age of thirteen, when he starred—alongside Joan Allen, Martha Plimpton and a young Jake Gyllenhaal—in the adolescent road trip comedy/drama Josh and S.A.M. For the next ten years, the Quebec-born actor was cast in relatively obscure independent films featuring legendary character actors, such as Neon Bible (produced by his father, Kevin Tierney, ... more >

El Bulli, Cooking in Progress

New doc gives rare behind-the-scenes look at the most famous kitchen
Ferran Adrià, Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Eugeni de Diego
Directed by Gereon Wetzel

You sit up abruptly, sweat streaming down the side of your face. You crave brown crab claws with peanut paste, watermelon and muscovado sugar air. I know that feeling. Well, actually, I don't, because I never got to go to Spain-based El Bulli, which is owned by Ferran Adrià (he started working there as a line cook in 1984) and where dishes such as those can be discovered. And now El Bulli is ... more >

Errol Morris’s TABLOID

Pandering to the dark side is big business
Kent Gavin
Directed by Errol Morris

In 1977, a blonde, zaftig, former teen beauty pageant winner named Joyce McKinney fell deliriously in love with a no-nonsense Mormon, Kirk Anderson. Against his devout family's wishes, the couple got engaged, but just days before the wedding, Anderson disappeared; he was discovered living with a Mormon sect in England. Armed with surveillance equipment, handcuffs, chloroform and phony revolvers, ... more >


Directed by Evan Glodell. Starring Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, and Tyler Dawson. ... more >


Directed by Guy Moshe. Starring Josh Hartnett, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd, Jordi Mollà, Gackt Camui and Shun Sugata (no release date set yet) ... more >


(this article has been updated) For your consideration: Brit Marling For those of us who like nice, clean categories to put people in, it may be hard to get your head around Brit Marling. She’s an actor (she moved to Los Angeles after finishing her Bachelors in Economics and Studio Art at Georgetown University) and she’s a producer (she starred and co-wrote two films that were shown at the ... more >