Transatlantic Coffee 1

REVIEW: ‘Transatlantic Coffee’ (2012)

Alex is a mess. He's a morning drinker, sullen and depressed, living a dull, gray life in his colorless apartment. He's not so much insulated as isolated; the opening shots of Erik Carlson's* Transatlantic Coffee…

Children of Paradise - 4

BLIND SPOT: ‘Children of Paradise’

A common theme running through the Blind Spots at Film Misery (and elsewhere) is that of a film’s length. The three-plus-hour running time of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is why the Blu-Ray…

Flight Movie Review (2012) Denzel Washington, Robert Zemeckis

REVIEW: ‘Flight’ (2012)

Grade: B+ With a few exceptions, good film directors will remain masters of their craft throughout their entire careers. Their boldness may diminish and their choice in projects may meander, but the ability to tell…

REVIEW: ‘The Sessions’ (2012)

Grade: C- I try not to fault a movie for being predictable, especially when the events depicted are based on a true story. Many narrative films are successful by emphasizing the importance of the journey…

The Master Review (2012) Joaquin Phoenix, Paul Thomas Anderson

REVIEW: ‘The Master’ (2012)

Grade: A There is a scene in the latter half of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film The Master, where the titular spiritual leader Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) leads his new protégé Freddie Quell to…

Little White Lies

REVIEW: Little White Lies (2012)

Grade: C The American stereotype of French films is that of a string of conversations, languidly paced, with little plot connecting them apart from the troubled relationships and intersecting desires of idle, upper-middle-class characters.  People…

REVIEW: Premium Rush (2012)

Grade: C+ I hate “non-stop action” movies. Movies are usually given this descriptor when a tone deaf director or editor thinks that the only way to keep excitement going is to have the entire movie…

The Costumes of ‘Lawless’ (2012)

Whether or not it holds any interest by the time Academy Awards nominations roll around, or even has maintained it up to this point, Lawless has kicked off the fall awards season in style. Mind…

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Review (2012)

REVIEW: ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of…

Grade: B Admitting one’s mortality can be a difficult thing for anybody to do, especially when life has not been entirely kind and goals remain unfulfilled. The pre-cataclysmic scenario of the new movie Seeking a…

FMP Ep. 038 – ‘Haywire’ / ‘Traffic’

Alex was joined by film critic Tim Kelly of CHUD.com for a double dose of Steven Soderbergh. First we review the director's latest ensemble action film Haywire, which is in theatres now. We follow that…

REVIEW: ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (2011)

Grade: B- Serious credit is owed to the Sony Pictures marketing team behind David Fincher’s American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. With months of terrific trailers, artistic posters, and behind the scenes…

REVIEW: ‘War Horse’ (2011)

Grade: B- There is a sweeping tracking shot about halfway through the film War Horse that features the principal steed sprinting through an artillery and corpse strewn battlefield. The scene has high key lighting and…

REVIEW: ‘Another Happy Day’ (2011)

Grade: C- What do you get when you combine every social, mental, and psychological disorder into one crazy family? You get a rather depressing and jagged group of people that is not much fun to…

FMP Ep. 033 – ‘Melancholia’ / Oscar Talk…

Alex and Phil try to avoid bumming one another out as they discuss the apocalyptic themes in Lars Von Trier's Melancholia. Then we hear some excellent responses to last week's question about nostalgic movies from…

REVIEW: ‘The Descendants’ (2011)

Grade: B+ The journey from self-absorption to self-awareness is one often taken by protagonists in Alexander Payne’s films. The dour leading men depicted in his previous films Election, About Schmidt and Sideways have to stop…