The Squid and the Whale: Criterion Collection

January 10, 2017

In writer/director Noah Baumbach’s career there is a demarcation line as represented by The Squid and the Whale (2005). There are the films he did before it that are more conventional romantic comedies that owe a lot of Woody Allen and the ones that... 

8 Movie Collection: Star-Studded Drama

February 6, 2013

With All the Pretty Horses (2000), director Billy Bob Thornton set out to make a Heaven’s Gate (1980) for the new millennium by adapting Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name. However, movie studio executives took the film away from him and recut... 

Something Wild: Criterion Collection

May 9, 2011

The 1980’s saw the rise of the Baby Boomers as the dominant class in North America. Many of them embraced the materialism of this decade as they settled into comfortable 9 to 5 work routines and raised families in suburbia. However, there were still... 

Away We Go

October 5, 2009

After the intense drama of Revolutionary Road (2008), one could hardly blame director Sam Mendes for opting to switch gears for decidedly lighter fare with his next film Away We Go (2009). After the soul-crushing dysfunction and overwhelming feeling of... 

The Lookout

August 13, 2007

With his adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel, Out of Sight, Scott Frank demonstrated a knack for crime thrillers with plenty of plot twists and double crosses. Now, he’s finally gotten the chance to direct his own movie and the result is The Lookout... 

Good Night, and Good Luck

April 7, 2006

2005 was a good year for politically and socially conscious films – Syriana, Munich, The Constant Gardener and Good Night, and Good Luck. The last film marked George Clooney’s sophomore directorial effort (the first being Confessions of a Dangerous...