the best rom-com in forever. first time in so long that i've remembered why that genre was worth missing. the sad thing is that, 20 years ago, this would have been released by a major studio and opened to $15 million. WHAT HAVE WE LET HAPPENED TO OUR NATIONAL TREASURES!?!?
and kudos to lesley headlund for, among many other things, finding a way to ground jason sudeikis' (not spell-checking that) shtick in something not too far off from reality. and for just, ya know, casting alison brie. alison brie for all of the movies, please.
Adapted from the masturbatory fantasy shared by every struggling, straight male writer in Manhattan, 5 to 7 tells the wistful story of a nebbishy freelancer named Brian (Anton Yelchin) who stumbles into a torrid affair with a gorgeous, married French woman he sees smoking on the sidewalk outside a midtown department store.
GODZILLA is the TRUTH.
one of the most satisfying, well-paced & beautifully directed blockbusters since Jurassic Park. a genuine spectacle of humility. Many complaining that the film abandons interest in its characters, but the perils of human egocentrism in the face of global crisis = the entire point. genuinely registers as the first post-human blockbuster. i almost feel like people have been conditioned to the explosive banality of contemporary tentpoles... but if any $200 million monster movie is going to feel…
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the film with which Wes Anderson finally answers his critics, and the message could not be clearer or more immaculately embossed in Futura on an insert shot of the most delicate stationary: “Go fuck yourselves.” Anderson has been contemporary American cinema’s most hostile aesthete for well over a decade, and ever since 2003’s The Life Aquatic made it obvious that the filmmaker has exactly zero interest in apologizing for his affectations, each of his subsequent…