Thu, 26 September 2013
Paul and Erin tackle two films about high-school football in small-town Texas. First: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, director Peter Berg's 2004 drama about a year in the life of the Permian Panthers, the inspiration for the beloved TV series; then, VARSITY BLUES, the fondly remembered 1999 film starring James Van Der Beek as a Vonnegut-reading quarterback who butts heads all season long with Jon Voight's evil, victory-at-all-costs coach. An offensive guard named Billy Bob, or an actor named Billy Bob: which will prevail?
Plus: quick takes on lesbian vampire movies, OUR NIXON, BROADCHURCH, UTOPIA, and PRISONERS.
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Category:TV and Film -- posted at: 2:53am EST
Wed, 18 September 2013
Erin and Paul review two films about old-timey jazz clubs and the gangsters who kept them in business. First: THE COTTON CLUB, Francis Ford Coppola's ambitious 1984 Prohibition-era crime drama set against the backdrop of the legendary Harlem nightclub; then, IDLEWILD, the overlooked 2006 musical starring OutKast's Andre 3000 and Big Boi as performers at a 1930s Georgia juke joint, Paula Patton as the clubs's gorgeous new singer, and Terrence Howard as the violent gangster who makes everyone's life miserable.
Plus: quick takes on A SINGLE MAN, THE FAMILY, WASTE LAND, and TWIXT.
Thu, 12 September 2013
Erin and Paul review two films about two very different kung fu masters and their rise to greatness. First: THE GRANDMASTER, the much-anticipated new drama from director Womg Kar-Wai, an impressionistic biography starring Tony Leung as the legendary martial artist and teacher Ip Man; then, KUNG FU PANDA, the 2008 computer-animated martial-arts comedy starring Jack Black as a food-loving, unathletic panda bear who undergoes a crash course in kung fu after being identified as the great warrior who is destined to defend his village from a vengeful leopard. A fighter plagued by heartsickness, or a fighter ruled by hunger: which will prevail?
Plus: quick takes on RIDDICK, GETAWAY, YOU'RE NEXT, THE HEAT, THE CANYONS, and PASSION.
Thu, 5 September 2013
Paul and Erin grade two films that vividly portray the breakdown in teacher-student relationships. First: THE CLASS, Laurent Cantet's 2008 Palme d'Or-winning slice-of-life drama about a year in the life of a multicultural French classroom; then, THE FACULTY, Robert Rodriguez's 1998 horror comedy about a group of teenage misfits who join together to battle the bodysnatching aliens who have taken over their high school. The imperfect subjunctive, or Josh Hartnett's imperfect haircut: which will prevail?
Plus: quick takes on BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, IN A WORLD, THE WORLD'S END, STORIES WE TELL, and ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US.