Jack Black and Mos Def become misfit auteurs in Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind

Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind is a more mainstream effort than the personal and heartfelt The Science of Sleep, but still imbued with his signature handmade style and many of his particular (some might say peculiar) obsessions. The premise is brilliant in its simplicity: a pair of misfit doofuses accidentally erase every tape in their […]

Jake Kasdan spoofs the musical biopic in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

This blogger finds most so-called biopics wanting. The two to three hour feature film format is more akin to an essay or short story than a book, and as such is ill-equipped to sum up the entire life of a human being in more than just a string of highlights. Yet studios and filmmakers keep […]

Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding

I very much loved writer/director Noah Baumbach’s previous film The Squid and The Whale, blessed with an excellent script and superb performances all around (especially by the underrated Jeff Daniels – heartbreaking in Pleasantville, and capable of humanizing no less an icon than George Washington in The Crossing). Margot at the Wedding features another dysfunctional […]

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