11. The Flight of the Red Balloon (2008). This take on one of the most beloved children’s films of the last fifty years has none of said film’s preciousness. In her second great performance of the last two years (see my #2 film), Juliette Binoche generates enough force to make us wonder just who the… More Movies of the decade #11-20
1. Mulholland Drive (2001). Uneven pacing and incongruous prefatory thirty minutes aside, this is a master’s class in the analysis of performance. Everything about Naomi Watts — from her pink sweater to the sensible shoes her relatives in Canada no doubt thought were the best sort of thing to wear on a long plane ride… More Best of the decade.
My review of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail is up. The definitive history of the collapse hasn’t been written — maybe Matt Taibbi wants to volunteer?
As part of its periodic “Best Picture from the Outside” series, the Film Experince crew publishes an extremely thorough, impressive side by side analysis of Casablanca and Unforgiven. I’m taken with the notion that Clint Eastwood is too besotted with the limitations of Classical Filmmaking and the good but explicit script to do anything but… More Unforgiven vs Casablanca
Since I don’t go to Animal Collective for clarity, let alone cohesion, my instant attraction to “What Would I Want Sky” from the Fall Be Kind EP didn’t surprise me (it narrowly missed my top twenty). The way one of their singers says “glasses clinkin’” makes up for the feeling with which he imbues the… More Not enough thinking
A mad holiday weekend. Besides eating and seeing friends, I’ve been spending time with my new niece, born yesterday at 11:59 am. I’ll return to regular scheduled programming shortly.
Has anyone remarked on the similarity between this and Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby”? Same sentiment too…
My Pazz and Jop ballot: 1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll 2. Natalie Imbruglia – Want 3. Walter Jones – Living Without Your Love 4. Lady Antebellum – Need You Now 5. Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Higher Than the Stars (Saint Etienne Visits Lord Spank Mix) 6. Taylor Swift –… More 2009 – Best singles
I will likely submit the first ten in my Pazz and Jop ballot: 1. Maxwell – BLACKsummer’snight 2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz! 3. DJ Quik & Kurupt – Blaqkout 4. Wussy – Wussy 5. Mos Def – The Ecstatic 6. Brad Paisley – American Saturday Night 7. Amadou & Mariam – Welcome to… More Best albums of the year
The mystery of film: how is she so empty an actress yet so alive in clips like this? The sequence between 0:48 and 0:51, and, near the end, the smile on her face when the boy realizes he’s kissed Madonna, encapsulate what I loved about Madonna then: so hungry, so alive, up for anything, and… More Gimme half a chance
In which Tilda Swinton swills several cocktails, bumps and grinds with a coworker at an office party, totters uneasily on stiletto heels, fucks him in the car, is forced to attend an AA meeting, drinks some more, and wakes up next to Saul Rubinek. That’s in the first forty minutes — before an acquaintance talks… More Tilda Swinton, meet Joan Crawford
In which George Clooney realizes that being a single man with limitless frequent flier miles isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, so after visiting his estranged sisters in Milwaukee he attempts to convince Vera Farmiga to settle down with him, despite having enjoyed a perfectly marvelous relationship in which they get to play Cary… More Selling your soul at the Hilton bar