Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

Release: Friday, October 14, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Directed by: Kevin Macdonald If you have never heard of Cai Guo-Qiang, you are primed for a transcendent experience in Sky Ladder, a Netflix exclusive that delves into the personal and professional life of this blisteringly original Chinese contemporary artist. In this quietly unassuming but bold and visually-oriented documentary from KevinContinue reading “Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang”

Love

Release: Friday, October 30, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Gaspar Noé Directed by: Gaspar Noé French-Argentinian Gaspar Noé has chosen to follow up his “psychedelic melodrama” Enter the Void with a graphic examination of relationships driven by lust and jealousy, and while it is a warmer film than his previous efforts, Love is a far cry from feel-good and offers itsContinue reading “Love”

Woman in Gold

Release: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Alexi Kaye Campbell Directed by: Simon Curtis For a film trading in the recovery of stolen artwork at the hands of the Nazis Woman in Gold should, without necessarily resorting to graphic depiction, linger in the mind much longer than it’s going to. Simon Curtis’ suitably respectful tone and abilityContinue reading “Woman in Gold”

Mortdecai

Release: Friday, January 23, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Eric Aronson Directed by: David Koepp Charlie Mortdecai has a sensitive gag reflex. He endearingly calls it a ‘sympathetic gag.’ After seeing Johnny Depp embrace an entirely new level of bizarre here, I’m pretty sure I’ve developed something similar, except mine’s not out of sympathy. I’m genuinely disgusted by how badContinue reading “Mortdecai”

Big Eyes

Release: Christmas Day 2014 [Theater] Written by: Scott Alexander; Larry Karaszewski  Directed by: Tim Burton Tim Burton’s latest feels a little on the safe side. Why does that sound like I’m complaining? Shouldn’t the one thing that I ought to be doing right now be praising the director’s efforts for attempting to reach for a new muse? I guess more thanContinue reading “Big Eyes”

TBT: The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

After throwing out my back last Thursday, I return from some much-needed time off here on TBT. And you know, even after only one week gone here I feel kinda rusty and couldn’t think of something for the longest time to write about. After filtering through several great suggestions on Facebook I’m here to announce those areContinue reading “TBT: The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)”

For No Good Reason

Release: Friday, April 25, 2014 (limited) [Theater] If there’s any good reason to go see For No Good Reason, it’s the chance to see an extended slideshow of some of Ralph Steadman’s more provocative paintings. Sure, you know who this guy is. His illustrations have probably even made an appearance in your nightmares at some point. Grotesque, emotionallyContinue reading “For No Good Reason”

Tim’s Vermeer

Release: Friday, January 31, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Tim’s Vermeer is the documentary that does not discriminate. It does not care how far-removed a viewer is from their high school art course, nor about how much the stigma attached to a genre like ‘art documentary’ limits the potential total audience. Despite a title that might suggest somethingContinue reading “Tim’s Vermeer”

The Monuments Men

Release: Friday, February 7, 2014 [Theater] Hollywood’s golden boy, the man who no one thinks will actually age is not only going grey, he’s becoming uninteresting. His latest directorial effort fails as a historical work of art, but succeeds in the extreme in showcasing A-list celeb vapidity. I’ve never been the biggest sucker for the handsomeContinue reading “The Monuments Men”