Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, 2014)

Steve Carell as John du Pont, in "Foxcatcher"

Deservedly nominated for multiple Oscars, “Foxcatcher” achieves maximal creepiness with this tragic tale of a du Pont scion’s relationship with two Olympic wrestlers. [Read more...]

Whiplash (Chazelle, 2014)


There are a lot of lies in play in Whiplash (★★★★), Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-nominated water-cooler fable about a music conservatory drummer (Miles Teller) and the sadistic instructor (J. K. Simmons) he is drawn to like a junkie jonesing for his next fix.

One mark of the film’s greatness: even after a second viewing, I am still not sure how many of those lies the film itself–or any of its characters–believe. [Read more...]

Still Life (Pasolini, 2013)


May, played by British actor Eddie Marsan, is a curious character and Still Life is a curious film. [Read more...]

Be the Message (Shook & Shook, 2014)


Kerry and Chris Shook’s conversational, observational new book is worth pausing to recommend for one big reason. [Read more...]

American Sniper (Eastwood, 2014)

Bradley Cooper (in foreground) as Chris Kyle, in "American Sniper"

With “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood has created a movie of integrity, exploring the nature of American manhood and the costs of war. [Read more...]

Which 2015 Amazon Pilot Should You Watch?


From start to finish, this was the best, well-crafted episode of the pilots and has so much potential; it wouldn’t be a surprise for this to be something really special for Amazon. [Read more...]