“Better than The Hangover Part II (not that that’s saying much).”
National Lampoon’s Vacation is still a comedy classic, but the new Blu-ray doesn’t have many new special features.
Fred Topel reviews Sarah Prefers to Run, Cleopatra, All is Lost and La Vie D’Adele Chapitre. 1 & 2.
James Franco’s As I Lay Dying “doesn’t work, but it’s an admirable artistic effort.”
“Fast & Furious 6 is dumb, but we asked for it.”
Fred Topel says Nicolas Winding Refn’s second collaboration with Ryan Gosling “squanders the potential and good will of Drive.”
Fred Topel reviews Monsoon Shootout, Borgman, Wara No Tate, Blind Detective and Seduced and Abandoned.
Jean-Luc Godard’s classic, now on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection, is fun and free and Bohemian and frustrating and brainy and difficult.
“The Coen Brothers have done it again… is what I would say if it weren’t a cliché.”
A documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unproduced adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune that “cinephiles should get a kick out of.”
Fred Topel reviews Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, Roberto Minervini’s Stop the Pounding Heart and Valeria Golino’s Miele.
“My distaste for Frances Ha will be legendary.”
Fred Topel reviews Heli, Jeune et Jolie and Fruitvale Station at the Cannes Film Festival.
“I really love that I saw a rich girl dance with a duck.”
Fred Topel calls Sofia Coppola’s Bling Ring “a fun ride in a train wreck sort of way.”
“Star Trek Into Darkness is one of the worst films in this long-running franchise.”
“I loved Star Trek Into Darkness for precisely the reasons people are likely to hate it.”
“Shanghai Noon was the first American movie to really understand Jackie Chan.”
“What Maisie Knew could make you angry, or open up old wounds, but in the best possible way.”
“Warning: The word ‘quirky’ is going to be used a lot in my review of Oconomowoc.”