Writer/director Oren Moverman provides an eavesdropper's approach to this portrait of a Manhattan homeless man heading toward the twilight of his life as he ponders the thought of gaining back his daughter's respect and attention.
It constantly felt like it was leaning toward greatness, and the performance by Richard Gere is somewhat of a masterful turn, yet there's something holding this very good movie back from taking home top prize.
It's very much worth seeing, though.
Weirdly enough, I expected to hate this movie. I never hated it.
Though it's definitely not good.
Or maybe it is terrible. I was 8 beers in when I started it, and 10 beers in by the time it came to a close.
It certainly wasn't the worst 90 minutes I spent during my Thanksgiving marathon.
No film this year took me by bigger surprise than Silver Linings Playbook, a dazzling romantic comedy featuring the type of dysfunctional people that reside in David O. Russell's wheelhouse as a filmmaker. Not since Three Kings and Flirting With Disaster has he been so in tune with his strengths, and it resulted in what might be his crowning achievement.
As much as both The Fighter and I Heart Huckabees are enormously appreciated by most people, I found each of…
I know I'm in the minority with my opinion that The Aviator is Martin Scorsese's absolute best movie in over twenty years, probably since Goodfellas. It's a jaw-dropping marvel to witness in all aspects of filmmaking.
There isn't a single performance that misses the mark (unless you really want to count Gwen Stefani), the score by Howard Shore is one of his absolute best, the visual effects are tasteful, the cinematography is gorgeous and graceful, and the subject Howard Hughes…