Review: The Water Diviner, 2015, dir. Russell Crowe

Review: The Water Diviner, 2015, dir. Russell Crowe


“Watching Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, there’s a sense that in another era the film might have been a vehicle for a Gary Cooper or Errol Flynn type. It’s a modern movie that’s decidedly old-school, unapologetically melodramatic and epic in both the scope of its story and the scale of its production—that the … Continue reading

Review: Reality, 2015, dir. Quentin Dupieux

Review: Reality, 2015, dir. Quentin Dupieux


“If a viewer can expect anything from a Quentin Dupieux film titled Reality, it’s willful surrealism. Reality and reality pass each other like two ships in the night, and one of those ships is an impish gallimaufry stitched together from bits and pieces of Magnolia, Holy Motors,Inception, Hitoshi Matsumoto’s oeuvre, and the vast canon of … Continue reading

TV Review: The Comedians, 1.4, “Celebrity Guest”

TV Review: The Comedians, 1.4, “Celebrity Guest”


“Well, well, well, The Comedians, we’re getting a little introspective, eh? This week’s ‘Celebrity Guest’ isn’t quite as funny as last week’s ‘The Red Carpet’, but it definitely has a lot to say about itself: Start with Denis O’Hare’s opening sentiment and end, chapter by chapter, with multiple guest appearances by the legendary Mel Brooks. … Continue reading

Review: Iris, 2015, dir. Albert Maysles

Review: Iris, 2015, dir. Albert Maysles


“About a half hour into Albert Maysles’ Iris, the late, great filmmaker takes his viewers on an open house through the gloriously untidy apartment of his subject, fashion maven Iris Apfel. She glides from place to place before sidling up to an unwieldy statue made in the image of a turkey. A Kermit the Frog … Continue reading