With two buzzed-about awards shows coming
up this week — Sunday’s VMAs and the Emmys on Monday — this space would
typically be dedicated to one of those. In a selfish but necessary
decision, I must instead turn to True Blood, which ends its seventh and final season this week.
The first clue that What If, the
new film from Michael Dowse, might be a subtle veering off course from
the typical journey can be found in the performance of Daniel Radcliffe
as Wallace, the lovelorn chap at the center of things.
Chris Lilley is a master of disguise. The
Aussie multi-hyphenate creates, writes, directs and stars in
mockumentary-style comedies in which he plays a collection of diverse
characters — sometimes all at once.
Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a Chechen Muslim, enters Hamburg, Germany
illegally, weaving his way through sewers, stowing away on a cargo ship, hiding
in plain sight beneath a dirty hooded sweatshirt and a scraggly beard.
Throughout his circuitous journey, though, Issa makes time to pray.
Boyhood, as you've probably already heard, is a
different kind movie. Shot over the course of 12 years with the same
cast, filmmaker Richard Linklater's perceptive ode to family and the
life of one specific boy (played by newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from age 6
to 18 is also about the simple passage of time...
While The Knick is a drama, written by Jack Amiel and
Michael Begler, its basis is in true medical history with the earliest
surgeons at the start of the 20th century. Director Steven Soderbergh paints a
beautifully grotesque picture of New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital, with
imagery that leaves viewers covering their eyes … only to peek through