A young, self-absorbed New York City rich kid attending private school witnesses a bus accident that she inadvertently caused to happen. Suffering from teenage grief and angst, she obsesses over what-ifs to the point that she drags everyone around her into Sturm und Drang Upper Westside sense of liberal entitlement crossed with Jewish guilt.
One way to identify who the bullies are in a school is to pass out a confidential survey with one question. “If you had a gun, who in this school would you shoot and why?” How many Columbines will it take before school administrations AND parents wise up and take action to nip bullying in the bud, starting in kindergarten? Many, many more I’m sad to say. The MPAA is acting the bully in it’s own way by giving this film a ‘R’ rating rather than a ‘PG-13’ so that teens and pre-teens can see it.
I was not at all impressed this year by most of the fiction films that were released, documentaries on the other hand had plenty of contenders. In time, most of the “buzzed about” films will be forgotten. I did not like most of Hugo but thought Scorsese did a fantastic job on the 3D, that’s what I’ve been waiting for with the technology.
For those of you about to crucify me for choosing Mel Gibson for Best Actor, it was his acting I was looking at and not to his private life. There’s an impressive new generation of actresses starting to bubble under the surface, a few of them short-listed for Supporting Actress, one you will see is my choice for Best Actress.
When the holidays come around each year everyone gets frantic looking for the right gift for that certain someone. With the economy in shambles, entertainment is one gift that keeps giving throughout the year. Consider a dvd that the recipient will enjoying watching multiple times alone or with families and friends.
The 49th New York Film Festival will open this year on September 30th with Roman Polanski’s Carnage (Sony Classics) and close on October 16th Alexander Payne’s The Descendants (Fox Searchlight). As usual the festival will be a mix of international festival faves, pet directors (Almodovar, Cedar, Ferrara, the Dardennes, Bilge, Wenders and Panahi) and the odd handful of films that will never leave the festival circuit ghetto.
New York, LA, Miami, Vegas and Nashville attract the most narcissistic individuals in the United States; I would hasten to guess that many of them came to town for Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012. If one didn’t know better you’d think that some of the high priestesses of fashion were bag ladies that were out on a day pass from Bellevue. Schizophrenia is not restricted to mental health, but also to fashion — especially during two weeks during the year in New York, Paris and Milan.
School’s out and healthy eating goes out the window. Or does it? Getting your kids out of the house and away from the tv and video games is your number one priority.
It’s that time of year again when advertisers act like sailors in port looking to sway Lady Luck at a casino and instead cross paths with a mermaid who may lure them to a (fiscal) death.
THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE! should be put up against a wall and shot. The creative team should be renditioned back to Filmmaking 101 for purgatory. It’s another film about the international trustfund set of artistes and bored offspring of business class elites who like to be play at being liberal and “freedom fighters” (see 1970s terrorist chic) while daddy pays their rent and bar tabs.
Gold! Gold! Gold! You would think Frank Norris’ 1899 novel McTeague was back in print (probably best remembered for today as the source material for the classic Erich von Stroheim silent film GREED). [Available for download: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/165] Instead, with the rise in the sp