Our first few moments in the presence of Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) capture the extraordinary power and the isolation of the character. What Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of The Master, and the mercurial Phoenix have created here is a portrait of an old god, maybe the last of his kind to walk the Earth.
This year marks my fourth sojourn to the
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and I
have been able to add a few extra days to my usual long weekend mad dash
through an impossibly overbooked itinerary that leaves me feeling like a
camera-toting tourist snapping pictures of all the officially
Now in its third year, the Cincinnati
Film Festival is committed to helping filmmakers project their visions,
as more than 80 works of various lengths and styles will grace venues in
Clifton, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Sept. 6-14.
Best friends forever is a clichéd phrase
that gets bandied about between people closely linked for a time,
through a particular patch of life, but few of these relationships truly
last. Only a precious few bond on the deepest levels and fewer still
cross the gender divide.
Unlike the action junkies
chopping up the battles to pile on more frames helter-skelter, Tony Scott
would actually slow the moments down, to let us see the beauty of
stillness before the clash. He gave us a chance to breathe and steady
Sometimes a story taps into a primal
human desire, a need so intrinsic that it makes belief come to life.
Screenwriter (and director) Peter Hedges, working from a story conceived
by Frank Zappa’s son, Ahmet, dares to make audiences hope and believe
in something so real with The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
For Ruby Sparks, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine)
tag team with first-time screenwriter and co-star Zoe Kazan to tell the
incredible story of Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano), a young author who
finds himself struggling to complete the follow-up to the debut novel
that made him one of the brightest literary stars of the late 20th
Take This Waltz focuses on Margot (Michelle Williams), a freelance writer
married to a cookbook author (Seth Rogen) but who develops feelings for
a neighbor (Luke Kirby), an artist and rickshaw driver. Waltz feels like an avant-garde
performance devoted to women on the verge. What happens to women who long for
more than life has given them but then encounter an
opportunity to grab hold of something more?
Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid (John
Leguizamo) are on the road again — well, this is the Ice Age, so it’s
really a pre-road time, but these three seem to be laying the pathway
out with each new adventure — which means that they are edging closer
and closer to drifting into the modern age.