He finally did it: Ryan Adams covers “Summer of ’69”

April 30, 2015

Two nights ago in Nashville. (Click here for backstory.)

Karen Martin’s Tribeca roundup

April 28, 2015

By Karen Martin for blood, dirt & angels We always regret having to leave the Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26) after spending our usual allotment of three or four days seeing films (at press screenings and public screenings, most at …

R.I.P. Bill Valentine

April 27, 2015

Courtesy of Rob Gardenhire.

For Miller Williams

April 26, 2015

My song, and Dwain Cromwell’s poem. For poet Jo McDougall tribute click here. For Miller Williams There are no words Like your words – None more hand in hand All the way through – You cut me down To words …

Karen Martin’s Home Movies: Cake, Taken 3, Everly, Little Accidents

April 24, 2015

By Karen Martin for blood, dirt & angels Cake,directed by Daniel Barnz, (R, 102 minutes) When we first meet acerbic and physically scarred Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston), she’s in a chronic pain support group meeting, where the members are seeking …

Little Boy: “100 minutes of rote platitudes”

April 24, 2015

Little Boy Grade: 70 Cast: Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, David Henrie, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Rapaport, Ted Levine, Ben Chaplin Director: Alejandro Monteverde Rating: Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material and violence Running time: 100 minutes By Dan …

Karen Martin’s Tribeca notebook

April 22, 2015

By Karen Martin for blood, dirt & angels Ten movies in two days. That’s not unusual for me when I’m at the Tribeca Film Festival — I watch films, take quick walks around the neighborhood in between, eat a lot …

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

April 17, 2015

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Grade: 89 Cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Schlomi Ronit, Gabi Amrani Rating: Not rated Running time: 115 minutes In Hebrew, Arabic, French with English subtitles By Betsy Sharkey for the Los …

Tom Hardy excels but Child 44 feels like 40 movies

April 16, 2015

Child 44 Grade: 72 Cast: Tom Hardy,Noomi Rapace,Vincent Cassel, Gary Oldman Director: Rating: R, for violence, some disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality Running time: 137 minutes By Jocelyn Noveck for the Associated Press The best-selling novel Child …

True Story: a sure-footed debut

April 16, 2015

True Story Grade: 89 Cast: Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee, Genevieve Angelson, Gretchen Mol, Maria Dizzia, Betty Gilpin, Robert John Burke Director: Rupert Goold Rating: R for language and some disturbing material Running time: 100 minutes By …