Robert DeNiro stars in Scorsese’s incendiary masterpiece of alienation and anger and urban anxiety, a masterpiece of seventies American cinema.
Sleek pulp crime cool meets arthouse style thriller in Drive (2011, R) starring Ryan Gosling as a taciturn getaway driver. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (a veteran of gritty, brutal Danish underworld dramas) with a silky smoothness and a stylized cool that recalls Le Samourai and Walter Hill’s The Driver, and an eighties vibe and […]
Albert Brooks has been making his offbeat brand of satirical comedies about the neuroses and anxieties of affluent Americans, lost in the bubble of their own insular cultures, for more than 40 years. His third feature Lost in America (1985) remains his most incisive satire and most popular film. Brooks is David, a successful Los […]
A Most Violent Year (2014) should have been an Oscar contender. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) and set in the crime-ridden culture of early 1980s New York City (which was the most violent year on record in the city’s history), smart, shadowy tribute to the crime dramas of the seventies and early eighties, […]
Finding Dory (2016), Pixar’s sequel to its gorgeous animated aquatic masterpiece, can’t shake off its sequel-ness—it plays like a variation on the theme rather than an original take on the familiar tale—but it’s a Pixar picture with all the care and love and storytelling magic that the studio brings to every project. Which makes this […]
All seven features written and directed by Albert Brooks are now streaming on Netflix. We don’t know how long this contract lasts so you may want to start watching now. In chronological order, they are Real Life (1979, PG) with Charles Grodin, Modern Romance (1981, R) with Kathryn Harold, Lost in America (1985, R) with […]
Let’s be clear: Albert Brooks does not advocate kidnapping, but… Yes, this is a commercial for movies coming to Netflix, but it’s a commercial created by and starring Albert Brooks, and if you are a fan, it’s a must-see. Coming to Netflix July 1: Real Life (1979), Modern Romance (1981), Lost in America (1985), Defending Your Life […]