Right up front, I have to admit my bias when it comes to The Walk,
the new film from Robert Zemeckis about high-wire artist Philippe
Petit, played by the ever-energetic and engaging Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Michael Shannon can do no wrong. The Academy Award nominee (Supporting Actor for Revolutionary Road) and Lexington, Ky. native may play deeply flawed men — and some like Rick Carver in 99 Homes
step over the divide and gleefully dance with the devil — but Shannon
always grants such evil men a recognizably human face.
Oregon is bewildering. The public massacre on the campus of
Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, by yet another
thrice-named, isolated white man, is as confusing as anything that has
ever come out of Oregon.