Posts tagged as: George Clooney

‘The Descendants’: A loving portrait of the 1 percent

‘The Descendants’: A loving portrait of the 1 percent

Ben Stiller’s 2001 male modeling comedy “Zoolander” was released just a few weeks after 9/11. It didn’t do well. The consensus was that a contemplative America wasn’t interested in such aggressive silliness. At its core, “The Descendants” seems equally at odds with the current national sentiment, yet it’s been widely celebrated. Much of the praise […]

The Descendants: The Kids Will Be All Right

The Descendants: The Kids Will Be All Right

The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko, 2010) was a highlight of last year’s BFI London Film Festival. This year’s highlight looks set to be The Descendants (Alexander Payne, 2011), a film similar in many ways. At the dramatic centre of The Kids Are All Right was the desire of a lesbian couple’s two kids […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: Preview

BFI London Film Festival 2011: Preview

    The 55th edition of the London Film Festival (LFF) starts tomorrow, October 12th, and runs until the 22nd. This year the festival will screen 204 features and 110 shorts from 55 different countries. A selection of films will compete for the festival’s 4 main prizes: the Best Film Award, The Grierson Award for […]

The American: A Strange Hybrid

The American: A Strange Hybrid

The first three shots of Anton Corbijn’s The American are enchanting, and prepare the audience for a real treat. The film fades in on a stationary shot of a pristine snowy plain with a Norwegian forest in the background. There is not a single person present, and the audience doesn’t dare break the silence with […]

Artful dodger: A brief analysis of Anton Corbijn’s ‘The American’

Artful dodger: A brief analysis of Anton Corbijn’s ‘The American’

Well well well, finally a George Clooney film without “George Clooney.”  Indeed, “The American” is a film without much claim to plot, action or dialogue and is yet a compelling watch. I was seduced by its atmospherics and ambition.  Anton Corbijn not only has a cool name but has also directed the luminous love letter […]

Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz to Direct First Feature

Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz to Direct First Feature

24 Frames reports that Christoph Waltz, who recently joined Hollywood’s A-list after winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the repugnant, ruthless Col. Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds,” will direct his first feature film, a German-language romantic comedy for Fox International Productions called “Up and Away.” Waltz, a 53-year-old veteran actor of […]

TMA FilmCast #27 – Up in the Air, It’s Complicated

TMA FilmCast #27 – Up in the Air, It’s Complicated

What do Peter Sellers’ character in Hal Ashby’s 1979 flick, “Being There” and Jason Reitman’s Oscar-bait movie, “Up in the Air” have in common? More than you might think. Also, can a middle-aged, sexually inactive divorcee be sexy? All that and more in this week’s edition of The Moving Arts FilmCast. Click below to listen […]

Up in the Air (2009)

Up in the Air (2009)

“How much does your life weigh?”  George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a hit man.  He doesn’t kill people, well, at least not directly.  He’s a corporate hatchet man who fires people for a living — people with bosses too cowardly to do it themselves.  The job is demanding, brutal and cold — just the way […]

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Mr. Fox, although a kleptomaniac and an irresponsible sociopathological thrill-seeker, sure is charming and sometimes even quote-unquote fantastic.  But what about the farmers? Boggis, Bunce and Bean are certainly “three of the meanest, nastiest, ugliest farmers around,” but does that really warrant us victimizing and sympathizing with Mr. Fox for troubles he brings upon himself?  […]

Up In The Air Trailer

George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham, a corporate hatchet man who loves his life on the road but is forced to fight for his job when his company downsizes its travel budget. He is required to spend more time at home just as he is on the cusp of a goal he’s worked toward for […]

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