April 3, 2014 |
*** (out of four) This is a rule, not a suggestion: If you want to see “Nymphomaniac Vol. II,” first you have to see “Nymphomaniac Vol. I.” It's not like skipping the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and picking up with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.” I immediately regret that last title in the context of this review. Sorry. No, to take in the final half of writer/director Lars von Trier's four-hour exploration of unyielding desire, you must see the setup: when Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg)
February 20, 2012 |
At Sunday's Oscar ceremony, the Muppets aren't performing. "Drive"was snubbed in seemingly every category. And one of the most awful, insulting movies of 2011 is up for Best Picture. That's a triple. Freaking. Whammy. So I'm thrilled to turn the frown upside down and say that "The Artist," the only great movie nominated for Best Picture, will take home several of the night's biggest awards. With that, let's check in on the front-runner, the next-strongest competitor and more for the big-ticket categories.
August 27, 2013 |
For his breakout documentary “Super Size Me,” Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald's for 30 days. For his concert doc “One Direction: This Is Us,” the filmmaker listened to nothing but the boy band while following and filming Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis for six months. How do those two experiences compare? “It's addictive,” says Spurlock with a laugh. “Once it gets in your brain it doesn't go away. I can't tell you how many nights I woke up singing One Direction songs.” To most people who aren't teenage...