Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche star in this romantic drama built around a “competition” between literature and the visual arts.
The Knick (2014-2015), a medical drama period piece set at a struggling hospital in 1900 New York City, is the project to which Steven Soderbergh committed himself after he announced his retirement from filmmaking. So instead of directing a film, he directed all twenty episodes of the two seasons of this original series. Clive Owen […]
In Sin City (2005), Robert Rodriguez pulls out all stylistic stops to translate the most graphic of graphic novels—Frank Miller’s Sin City tales, all hard-boiled tributes to pulp fiction and film noir—from two-dimensional pages to free-floating big screen action, and he drafted Miller to help master not just the look, but whole hard-boiled extremism. Men […]
In Gosford Park (2002), Robert Altman brings his gift for big, sprawling dramas knit with a fine weave of characters and a massive cast up to the task of filling them up with lives to the Merchant Ivory idiom of the manners and manors of Britain’s upper crust of yesteryear, 1932 to be specific. The […]
Back in the early 2000s, in the days before YouTube made viral video commonplace, BMW sponsored a series of short promotional films disguised as mini action movies. That made them so much fun was that the directors who participated—John Frankenheimer, Tony Scott, Guy Ritchie, Joe Carnahan, Wong Kar-wai, and (at the time) future Oscar winners […]
“I do not see myself as a footnote to someone else’s life,” states an aged but still sharp and tough Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) in Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012). Neither does this colorful biopic, an HBO original movie about their passionate and tumultuous relationship (both romantic and professional), directed by Philip Kaufman, a filmmaker fascinated […]