A foggy misery blankets the entirety of Foxcatcher, the new film from Bennett Miller, purveyor of alternative Americana (see: Capote, Moneyball). This is a sports movie, but not in the sense that, say, Rocky is. Wrestling is the context, not the subject; Olympic gold medalists Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) are the ostensible subjects, but millionaire “ornithologist, philatelist, philanthropist” John du Pont is the grim center of the film and the reason for its being made in the first place. Even without knowing the story of the Schultz brothers, the sense of foreboding in all of the film's marketing materials should clue you in to the vision of an American dream gone sour that Miller is here to present.Read More
Race relations and tensions are—among other hot topics—all over the news nowadays, so it seems only appropriate to have watched the debut narrative feature by the Belgian filmmaking duo Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne this weekend. La Promesse, unlike its immediate successor Rosetta (which I've waxed poetic about over here) bears the marks of your standard plot-driven film, yet the deliberateness of its screenplay never fogs the documentarian lens through which the filmmakers observe their subjects.Read More
Three years ago (two years and ten months ago, if you want to be technical about it), I cracked open a rather unassuming-yet-eye-catching green notebook that had been sitting theretofore unused on the desk of my freshman year dorm room.
Initially I had bought the notebook, a 100% post-consumer recycled paper-made journal, with the intention of using it for one of my classes. When it became obvious after a week that its services would not be required in the academics department, I decided to repurpose it for something new.Read More
(Mild yet unspecific spoilers lurk within.)
Surely you aren't tired of this by now: more than a year after it first premiered at Cannes to shrugs from my corner of the world, reached the eyes of several of my Georgetown friends who were quick to point out that I was missing out on something great, and won an Oscar, plus a trip to the city in question and back, at long last...THE GREAT BEAUTY!Read More