My review of "Salt" is now online at SouthPhillyReview.com, with a brief word on the extraordinary "A Prophet," coming to DVD Tuesday. CLICK HERE
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Read my review, now online at SouthPhillyReview.com. CLICK HERE.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Catch my review of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," the latest fantasy blockbuster that's a complete waste of Hollywood's money and yours, now online at SouthPhillyReview.com. CLICK HERE.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter's Bone”
Giovanna Mezzogiorno, “Vincere”
Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”
Katie Jarvis, “Fish Tank”
Tilda Swinton, “I Am Love”
Noomi Rapace, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Michael Douglas, “Solitary Man”
Mel Gibson, “Edge of Darkness”
Tahar Rahim, “A Prophet”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Shutter Island”
Zohar Strauss, “Eyes Wide Open”
Ciaran Hinds, “The Eclipse”
Best Supporting Actress
Marisa Berenson, “I Am Love”
Julianne Moore, “The Kids Are All Right”
Dale Dickey, “Winter's Bone”
Dakota Fanning, “The Runaways”
Best Supporting Actor
Mark Ruffalo, “The Kids Are All Right”
John Hawkes, “Winter's Bone”
Niels Arestrup, “A Prophet”
Rob Corddry, “Hot Tub Time Machine”
Luca Guadagnino, “I Am Love”
Lisa Cholodenko, “The Kids Are All Right”
Debra Granik, "Winter's Bone"
Haim Tabakman, "Eyes Wide Open"
Martin Scorsese, "Shutter Island"
“The Kids Are All Right”
“Toy Story 3”
“I Am Love”
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”
“The Kids Are All Right”
*NOTE: "Inception" was not yet screened when these lists were made. Just sayin'.
Monday, July 12, 2010
I Am Love."
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Read my review of "The Last Airbender," now online at SouthPhillyReview.com. CLICK HERE.
"Children of God"
Read my QFest Preview, now online at SouthPhillyReview.com. CLICK HERE.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
There need to be more filmmakers like Haim Tabakman, who makes his feature debut and shows what a quality gay film is supposed to look like (sorry, I'm pretty anti the sexed-up stuff that's passed as good gay cinema over the last decade or so). "Eyes" is executed with amazing grace, told in primarily visual terms, and bolstered by performances that are more about body language than spoken conviction (though that is flawless, too). As Aaron the butcher, Zohar Strauss wears a sea of emotion on his face, which reflects the conflict between his religious beliefs and his carnal desires. It's not your typical closeted performance; it's remarkably shaded.
Tabakman's technique is sneaky in its greatness. The filmmaking style isn't showy, and the realization of how immersed you are in this little world is alarming, as are the rather brilliant compositions sprinkled throughout. (One shot, involving a bus, a reflection, and a group of guys on a sidewalk, actually made me gasp.) And the way in which the sexual tension is stretched out like a frail rubber band, waiting -- dying-- to snap, is crazy intense. For these reasons (and for stupidly obvious reasons), the film has earned comparisons to "Brokeback Mountain." It's a worthy cousin.