Daily Archives: July 16, 2014

Willem Dafoe on playing the Italian director, poet and gay activist Pier Paolo Pasolini

At the end of our chat about “A Most Wanted Man,” in which he has a wonderfully conflicted, out-of-his-depth banker role, I asked Willem Dafoe about the film he just finished, “Pasolini” with Abel “King of New York” Ferrara. Here’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Planes: Fire & Rescue”

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is roughly twice as good as its predecessor, “Planes,” which was so story-and-laugh starved it would have given “direct-to-video” a bad name. Yes, there was nowhere to go but up.The sequel’s story is about something — … Continue reading

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Director Anton Cobijn on “Life” and the ongoing fascination with James Dean

I was finishing up an interview with “Control” and “The American” and “A Most Wanted Man” director Anton Corbijn, and we’d switched to just chatting about his current project, “Life,” a movie about a photographer for Life Magazine (Robert Pattinson) … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Wish I Was Here”

Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” is a sweet and jokey feature film that is so at home in the punchline rhythms of TV sitcoms that you may think to yourself, “When’s his best friend/former “Scrubs” co-star Donald Faison showing … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The eyes are the key to the mystery in “I Origins”

Ian is a man of science. But he is still a man. And when a model-thin hottie with a strange accent comes on to him in a party, the nerdy guy whose “Can I take a picture of your eyes?” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Mood Indigo” suffers from mood swings

The eccentric whimsy and invention overfill the screen of Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo,” an adaptation of a novel by the Frenchman who wrote “I Spit on Your Graves.” Set in an alternate “Brazil”/”Delicatessen”/”Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” reality, it’s … Continue reading

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