Blue Jasmine (2013)

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"You could do better." Have you ever heard a friend say that to you about the person you love? Were they referring to state of the person's finances? If so, well... when it comes to friends, you could do better. "You could do better" is the kind of thing Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis tends to say when she encounters people whose affection for each other is based on something other than money. … [Read more...]

Fingertips: Anonymous; Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson; The Fantastic Mr. Star Fox; Woody Allen and Ethan Coen; Tom Waits; U2; Sara Zarr

Are you excited about Anonymous, the movie that's going to shock the world by revealing the shocking truth? No, me either. Check this out, from a New York Times take-down of the film: The most troubling thing about Anonymous is not that it turns Shakespeare into an illiterate money-grubber. It’s not even that England’s virgin Queen Elizabeth is turned into a wantonly promiscuous woman who is revealed to be both the lover and mother of de Vere. Rather, it’s that in making the case for de … [Read more...]

Reader mailstrom, 10/16: Through a Screen Darkly; Prince Caspian; Lakeview Terrace; Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Welcome to Reader Mailstrom, a chronicle of stand-outs from the daily maelstrom of Looking Closer email. - … [Read more...]

Steven Greydanus on "Match Point"

For what it's worth, while I'd probably rate the film as a C because it is very well crafted, I agree with Steven's observations about the film. Match Point is a work of wicked, twisted genius, one that comes to dangerous and frightening conclusions about reality and morality. This is a great review. The first shot in Woody Allen’s Match Point is meant to serve as a metaphorical master-image for the film as a whole: a freeze-frame shot of a tennis ball suspended in space over the net after … [Read more...]

Woody Allen has "ganed no wisdom"

CNN talks to Woody Allen: Allen, who will be 70 on December 1, says age hasn't brought wisdom. "I've gained no wisdom, no insight, no mellowing. I would make all the same mistakes again, today," he tells the magazine. I think this statement is borne out in his last film, Melinda and Melinda, which finally I saw over the weekend. Where his earlier films seemed to be asking serious questions about choices and consequences, now Allen just seems content to turn a bunch of selfish characters … [Read more...]


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