Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Shaun of the Dead” pedigree—that picture pretty much the gold standard these days in action/horror/comedy. So there’s a lot for Joe Cornish’s feature directorial debut to live up to, and it doesn’t quite measure up. It is, however, a pretty damn good time.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, which won multiple Academy Awards, broke box office records, and set a new standard for the comingling of popular entertainment and motion picture artistry. In between them, he made The Conversation, a quiet, personal picture with a distinctively European sensibility. Though it didn't win the Oscars or break the box office as the Godfather pictures bookending it had, The Conversation won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and is held by many critics in the same high regard as its better-known brothers--and for good reason. It is a smaller and more low-key effort, but in its own way is as much a masterpiece as the films that, with it, constitute one of the most extraordinary bursts of creative activity in modern cinema history.