My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 7/3-7/10/2015


My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 7/3-7/10/2015

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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 7/3-10/2015
bulworthON NETFLIX: Bulworth is a satire written by Jeremy Pikser and directed by Warren Beatty. It stars Beatty as a politician who has a kind of breakdown and hires someone to assassinate him. Until that happens, he takes on the persona of a rapper and finally does what the people would love politicians to do—tell the unvarnished truth. Well received at the time, though I think some critics thought it perhaps played it a little safe, it has Beatty’s last good performances and a sharp insight into modern day politics.
murderer livesON HULU: The Murderer Lives at Number 21 is a movie in the middle of writer/director Henri-Georges Clouzot’s career, but comes before his biggest international successes like The Raven, Wagers of Fear and Diabolique. It’s a very uncharacteristic film by the master of suspense. Co-written by Stanislas Andre-Steeman (from Andre-Steeman’s novel), it’s a mystery comedy more in line with The Thin Man than with Clouzot’s later films.
tribeSPECIAL RUN: CINEFAMILY at the SILENT MOVIE THEATER: The Tribe continues its run Continue reading

Is There Balm in Gilead: Aloha and Love & Mercy


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alohaI’m not sure that I can really add to the general response to the movie Aloha (it’s 20% at rottentomatoes.com and I don’t think the box office is of the more optimistic size), but far be it from me not to join in and kick a man while he’s down.
About three quarters of the way through the new rom com written and directed by Cameron Crowe (who also gave us the very good Almost Famous, Say Anything and Singles, but not much else since except for, well, Jerry “Show me the money” McGuire, but, no, I’ll stick with not much else since, thanks), I turned to my friend Jim and said, “I’m sorry, but I have to be honest: I have no idea what’s going on here”.
Jim laughed and sighed in relief because he had no more of a clue than I did.
The plot eventually does make sense; well, within the context of a not particularly well written movie it makes sense, but overall, as a piece of writing, it really makes little sense at all. Continue reading