The Butler is a film about response. Cecil’s blending into the background was a form of transformation from the cotton farm way of life he came from. His response was to do whatever it takes to make a better life, however demeaning or full of inequality. Louis’ response to the racism and segregation was to stand up, speak his mind and demand to be heard.Read more ›
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With a name like Into Darkness, one may be expecting more elements of evil and anarchy. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of rampant destruction aboard the latest Star Trek vehicle, but darkness does not seem to be the proper definition. The words “Into Darkness” could really be replaced by the words “sacrificial” and “loyalty”.Read more ›
In the prologue to Susan Lacy‘s American Masters special Inventing David Geffen, the man in question speaks about creating a life and an idea of success that he seems destined to achieve. And that he did, becoming one of the most successful show business moguls of the late 20th century and onwards.Read more ›
Swamps, sweat, humidity and crime. Lee Daniels’ third directorial effort takes a curious look at Southern USA in the late 1960s. Adapted from Pete Dexter’s 1995 novel (with a screenplay from Dexter and Daniels), The Paperboy follows a small group of Southerners led by the recently returned teenager Jack Jensen (Zac Efron). Love-struck Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman) comes to Jack’s […]Read more ›
Amour begins with an audience awaiting a performance, mirroring its own audience staring back at its frames. Echoing moments of great auditorium scenes in films like Jarmusch‘s Stranger Than Paradise, Austrian writer and director Michael Haneke sets up an auspicious and yet strange opening. Sitting in the audience is Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and her husband Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant), awaiting the […]Read more ›
This past weekend, Carlton’s beloved Cinema Nova held some special screenings of this year’s Academy Award nominated Animated and Live Action Shorts. Having been an avid watcher of the Oscars for years, the hardest categories have always been the Shorts. One large reason is not having access to all of the nominated pieces before the statues are handed out. When […]Read more ›