Film adaptation of ‘Choke’ not gourmet

There’s an elephant in the room, and his name is Tyler Durden. Though the first rule of reviewing “Choke” should be, “You don’t talk about ‘Fight Club,'” Chuck Palahniuk adaptations come along only once a decade, so it’s hard to avoid holding this up against the earlier film. Though this adaptation is slightly more faithful, […]

There will most certainly be blood at 2008 Oscars

When it comes time to pick Oscar nominees, the Academy can just look back at the lowest-grossing films of November and December and throw them all into the mix. What makes the actual winner-choosing difficult, though, is that 2007 actually had some pretty great movies – at least a half-dozen – and they are all […]

Interview | Up-and-coming comedian Al Madrigal waxes poetic about his new role: Jesus the doorman

Al Madrigal has long been noted as one of the biggest up-and-coming comedians with a Comedy Central stand-up special already under his belt. His newest role is on the new CBS comedy “Welcome to the Captain.” Madrigal plays Jesus, pronounced like the famous one (or the character in “The Big Lebowski” (1998), if you prefer) […]

Interview | John C. Reilly discusses his love for Cox, Dewey Cox

While John C. Reilly isn’t exactly an A list celebrity, he’s been a talented supporting role actor for years, demonstrating talent in both comedic and dramatic roles. His supporting roles in films like “The Hours” (2002), “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993) and “Boogie Nights” (1997) have given his career a much-deserved push that is now […]

Jenkins offers a ‘savage’ portrayal of old age

“The Savages” occupies an otherwise empty spot within the family drama genre: the picking-out-a-retirement-home-for-your-father-to-die-in movie. It takes place largely in upstate New York in the winter, a bleak and dreary place under any circumstances, and concerns what must be the scariest thing for an adult with no children to deal with. It is excellently acted […]

‘Southland Tales’ fails to offer a coherent story

There is something to be said for the boldness required to make a movie like “Southland Tales,” which was in production for over six years and certainly demonstrates the effort behind it. Unfortunately, the end result is a disjointed, frenetic mess, one that is almost spellbindingly perplexing in its refusal to act like a cohesive […]

Interview | Laura Linney

Laura Linney reached critical acclaim with her candid portrayals of struggling middle-aged women, varying from an anti-death penalty activist in “The Life of David Gale” (2003) to a dedicated sister in “Love Actually” (2003). In her newest film, “The Savages,” she returns as a devoted daughter, Wendy Savage, who must overcome an intense rivalry with […]

‘Lions for Lambs’ political preaching is tired, almost senseless

In “Lions for Lambs,” Robert Redford’s newest directorial offering, Redford casts himself as a professor at a California university. The film features three interlocking stories; Redford’s has him lecturing a student for refusing to show up to class. This movie makes its audience feel like the student, and the professorial Redford is very disappointed in […]

Interview | Michael Pena, Andrew Garfield and Robert Redford

Robert Redford’s new movie “Lions for Lambs” began garnering buzz months ago with its glitzy cast – Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise and Redford himself – and hot-button focus. But behind the pretty faces and reports of bunker-building, Redford takes a hard look at the public’s views on and participation in the war process. “Lions for […]

Interview | Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Waris Ahluwalia

After writing/directing a slew of successful films including “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001) and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004), Wes Anderson’s newest endeavor, “The Darjeeling Limited,” is another talent-filled film characterized by his unique, inspiring style. The film’s loose plotline follows three brothers on a spiritual quest through India on the titular train line. […]