One Last Thing About Charlie Sheen

The first time I was flown out to Hollywood to work on a film was a very exciting experience. Barely a year before, I had been a struggling wannabe, now suddenly someone was paying me more…

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

For ninety minutes of its two hour run time, this often fascinating documentary manages to avoid sinking into the usual stultifying leftist propaganda – then down, down, down it goes. For the first hour and a…

The Oscars

I was taking a walk with my wife Sunday evening when we noticed that there was hardly anyone out and about.  It took a moment or two before we realized:  oh yeah, it’s Oscar night in…

Unstoppable

Not much to say about this action thriller.  It’s just plain fun start to finish.  It’s based on the 2001 “Crazy Eights” incident in Ohio in which railroad workers battled to stop runaway train CSX 8888…

The Good Wife

Inspired by the downfall of whoremonger and also former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, The Good Wife follows the adventures of Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), who has to return to practicing law after her Spitzer-like husband…

Film: Black Swan

This was entertaining and elevated by the fabulous performance of its lead, Natalie Portman, but underneath everything, it’s kind of dopey, no?  A repressed ballerina gets the lead role in Swan Lake but starts to lose…

DVD: Red – A Revealing Error

This Bruce Willis blend of comedy and action was underrated by critics and under-loved at the box office but it’s the filmmakers’ own fault, and their mistake is revealing. First, it’s basically a fun flick.  Based…

DVD: Stone

Here’s a strange little crime picture.  Robert De Niro’s a parole officer, Edward Norton’s an arsonist, Milla Jovovich is Norton’s wife, a childlike country beauty ready to sleep with anything that moves.  You think it’s going…

Predictions, Oscar and Otherwise

Last week was pretty interesting–and it should be even more interesting to find out what happens next. First, we had a State of the Union message that, had I the capacity for despair, would’ve driven me…

The Social Network

Meh.  Like most of what Aaron Sorkin writes, this film is quick, witty, shallow and overrated.  Apparently, a lot of its central contentions about the motivations and actions of Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg aren’t really true…