Inherent Vice


As a diehard Paul Thomas Anderson fan looking forward to his upcoming film, I bought Thomas Pynchon’s book a year ago and eagerly started reading it… then gave up less than halfway through. Still, I figured Anderson would manage to make “Inherent Vice” feel less pointless and uninvolving than on paper. Unfortunately, the big screen adaptation bored me nearly as much as the original novel. Continue reading Inherent Vice

The Interview


A few days ago, when I posted my year-end Top Ten, I included a Special Mention to “The Interview”, sight unseen, because I felt it was one of the most important movies of 2014 if only because motherfucking terrorists were trying to stop us from watching it. I won’t go into the whole saga surrounding the Sony hacks and whatnot, but the fact is that in the end, the movie was released in a few hundred independent U.S. theatres as well as online on sites like YouTube. Freedom! Continue reading The Interview

2014: My Top Ten Favorite Movies of the Year

1 – BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)

Looking back at the films I loved the most this year, I see a wide range of genres: comedy, drama, science-fiction, action, romance, superheroes, eroticism… What do these movies have in common? Energy! Whether through effortless storytelling, dynamic cinematography, brilliant editing, an avalanche of ideas, non-stop gags and stunts (™ LexG), overwhelming emotion, exhilarating music, lively performances or a combination of those things, my favorite movies displayed plenty of energy. Continue reading 2014: My Top Ten Favorite Movies of the Year

Foxcatcher



“The following is based on a true story.”

I’ll be honest, this kind of a disclaimer doesn’t always sound good to me. I tend to prefer movies that are over the top, fantastical, wildly imaginative… As for biopics, they’re one of my least favorite genres. But there are some film based on real people and real events that manage to be all those things I love. As they say, truth can be stranger than fiction… Continue reading Foxcatcher