Joel and Ethan Coen recreate the Greenwich Village scene and folk music culture of the early 1960s in this offbeat road movie featuring music crafted with the help of T-Bone Burnett.
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 […]
Steven Soderbergh’s two-part Che (2008), starring Benicio Del Toro as the revolutionary leader turned martyred legend and idealized cultural icon, is not a tradition bio-pic. Spanning four-and-a-half hours over two films—Part One on the triumph in Cuba, Part Two on the failure in Bolivia—it’s both two films and a single, unified work that focuses on […]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – J.J. Abrams takes the reins of the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas with what is technically a sequel (Chapter VII: The Force Awakens) but is just as much a course correction, a reboot, and a return to the source. It’s been called a shameless remake of the […]