A report from the Hots Springs Documentary Film Festival

October 15, 2012

Circumstances are keeping me away from the fesyival this week, but we have spies. BDA Guiding Light Joe Riddle reports: I saw four good docs, the best likely was AKA Doc Pomus, about a white Jewish paraplegic blues singer who …

Mad Men: Season Five on DVD tomorrow

October 15, 2012

I have written about the series before — and I didn’t think the fifth was as good as some of the past seasons — but I’m still hooked. And while this is a kind of strange week, I didn’t think …

Who is he? Who who, who who?

October 14, 2012

“I wasn’t trying to play beautiful music,” Townshend explains. “I was confronting my audience with the awful, visceral sound of what we all knew was the single absolute of our frail existence — one day an aeroplane would carry the bomb that would destroy us all in a flash. It could happen at any time. The Cuban Crisis less than two years before had proved that.”

Los Angeles plays Teheran

October 12, 2012

By Richard Verrier of the Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES – To create the dramatic opening sequence for the CIA thriller Argo, filmmakers visited two continents to depict Iranian students storming the American Embassy in Tehran. The scene in which …

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Flawed as Man

October 12, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Grade: 89 Cast: Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Emma Watson Director: Stephen Chbosky Rating: PG-13, for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content Running time: 103 minutes By Amy Biancolli for the San …

I can’t believe it’s not better: Butter reviewed

October 12, 2012

Butter, which uses a local lead-up to that bout as the battleground setting for hit-and-miss comedy, has all the exactitude and rigor of unrefrigerated oleo. The would-be satire is nothing more than a bunch of sketch characters and jokes welded to a sentimental subplot.

Boom goes the dynamite: Not bad, Kevin James

October 11, 2012

Here Comes the Boom Grade: 85 Cast: Kevin James, Henry Winkler, Salma Hayek, Greg Germann, Bas Rutten Director: Frank Coraci Rating: PG, for mixed martial arts sports violence, some rude humor and language Running time: 105 minutes Levi Agee for …

Sinister: in the realm of the clueless protagonist

October 11, 2012

Sinisterr Grade: 82 Cast: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, Nicholas King, James Ransone Director: Scott Derrickson Rating: R, for disturbing violent images and some terror Running time: 110 minutes By Piers Marchant for BDA/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Oh, utterly clueless …

Latest Atlas Shrugged has little new but the cast

October 10, 2012

Atlas Shrugged: Part II Grade; 71 Cast: Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales Rating: PG-13, for language and sexuality Running time: 112 minutes Mark Jenkins for the Washington Post The second installment of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy picks up, of …

Walken back from the edge of self-parody

October 8, 2012