I dunno, De Palma is a candid interview, but while I was watching it I just kept thinking, "I wish I could just watch De Palma's films instead."
Drug addiction is a difficult subject to tackle on film, so hard is it to portray without devolving into a finger-wagging after-school special, or conversely, a hedonistic dive into debauchery and debasement. Even the best films made on the subject matter, such as Sid and Nancy and Requiem for a Dream, risked veering into both extremes at alternating moments. The same proves to be true for Beautiful Boy, both an affecting and uneven new drama from Felix Von Groeningan.
Fans of High Fidelity and About a Boy will definitely want to check out Juliet, Naked, the latest Nick Hornby adaptation to hit the big screen. Another romantic-comedy steeped in pop music, it concerns the emotional hang-ups of Annie (played by the always lovely Rose Byrne), a bored British woman in her mid-30s stuck in a long-term relationship with pretentious liberal arts professor Duncan (Chris Dowd, exuding equal measures charm and smarm). As we learn in the film's opening moments,…
Although most acclaimed as the director of such classic films as Paris, Texas and Wings of Desire, German filmmaker Wim Wenders, like his contemporary Werner Herzog, has also staked out an impressive body of work as a documentarian, focusing particularly on other artist equally concerned with the transcendent as he is. His latest documentary The Salt of the Earth, which he co-directed with his subject’s son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, chronicles the life and career of Brazilian social documentary photographer and…