Tag: michellewilliams

Review: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, How Can Something So Wrong Feel So Right?

As Hugh Jackman’s P.T. Barnum starts selling the idea that using exaggerations, myths, and tall-tales as thinly-disguised truths are admirable, truth be damned. I couldn’t help but think about the “meta-ness” of it all. It’s as if Barnum was directly...

Blu-ray Review: Kelly Reichardt's CERTAIN WOMEN Joins the Criterion Collection

I love the rhythm of Kelly Reichardt's 2016 film, Certain Women. An unhurried triptych of stories about women in small-town Montana, Certain Women has the time (and the sense) to let moments hang, as tiny calibrations of feeling pass across...

Hugh Jackman in THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Trailer: It Doesn't Start Until the Bearded Lady Sings

Last seen as a grizzled, aging mutant in Logan, Hugh Jackman is reborn as P.T. Barnum -- yes, the circus guy -- in The Greatest Showman. Reportedly, it's a musical, though the first trailer hints around that, instead focusing on...

Review: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, Lonergan's Latest is Earnest if Predictable

The structural adventurousness of Kenneth Lonergan's film about an emotionally numb man learning to open his heart to others again is admirable. But we're too busy wading through the narrative thickets to entirely access the raw beating heart at its core.

New York 2016 Review: With CERTAIN WOMEN, Kelly Reichardt's Back in Form

If her newly restored/rediscovered debut film Rivers of Grass gave a nod to Bonnie and Clyde and old noir films, with Certain Women, Reichardt does Altman-- an ensemble cast and loosely connected stories structure based on short stories (by a Montana Native, Maile Meloy). But it's still very much Reichardt film: with muted tones, sense of melancholy and loneliness, Certain Women excels at being small, minimalistic character studies that are distinctly a small town Americana. Also, many of her films placed women in precarious situations to observe, but I think this is the first time that she is forefront about exclusively telling women's stories.

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Trailer Rides Wave of Critical Praise

Emerging out of Sundance early this year as a critical favorite, Manchester by the Sea follows Casey Affleck, who finds himself the unexpected guardian of his teenage nephew. The first trailer leans heavily on the critical praise, which makes it...

AnarchyVision: Sundance 2016 - THE BIRTH OF A NATION, SWISS ARMY MAN, OPERATION AVALANCHE, And More

A few days after the end of the Sundance Film Festival, but here at last are the latest ScreenAnarchyvision posts, talking Swiss Army Man, Operation Avalanche, Manchester By the Sea, Birth Of A Nation and more....

Derek Cianfrance Talks True Violence, Ryan Gosling's Dreams, and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

I first had the pleasure of meeting Derek Cianfrance at Sundance 2010, where he premiered his feature debut Blue Valentine, a heart-wrenching and poignant look at the beginning and end of love featuring milestone performances by Ryan Gosling and Michelle...

TTTT: On Eating New Orleans (and OZ)

Tudor's Twitchin' Travel Tours has always had a travel motif. If one were to go back and look at all my "TTTT" column banner graphics (and you know you want to!), the one consistent element would be that they...

Review: TAKE THIS WALTZ, Sensitive and Smart, Yet Curiously Dispassionate

Occasionally a film will come out that for some reason has some people wildly pontificating about how "good" it is, and you watch it and agree that is good, even if you concede that you didn't like it very much....

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Review

Recreating the past can be hazardous to your health, especially when it comes to an icon like Marilyn Monroe. The blond bombshell is so well-known that most people carry around a fixed image of her in their heads. Modern...

Let this review guide you to MEEK'S CUTOFF

MEEK'S CUTOFF One of the truly great films I saw this year was Meek's Cutoff. The news that it would be released on Blu was great indeed. Shot in a 1:37:1 aspect ration this existential western is visually stunning not...

MEEK'S CUTOFF Review

From the stark practicality of its needlepoint opening title shot, director Kelly Reichardt makes it plain and clear that "Meek's Cutoff" is not your ordinary film. From its tellingly sparse use of musical scoring (giving creaky vibrancy to the...

BIFF 2011: MEEK'S CUTOFF review

Woe betide anyone who turns up for Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff expecting anything like a typical Western. Languid, spare and dreamlike, other than the setting and the motif of a journey across vast, inhospitable stretches of America there's little else...

Trailer and Poster for MEEK'S CUTOFF

Sure feels like we've been waiting quite a spell on a trailer for Wendy and Lucy director Kelly Reichardt's western Meek's Cutoff. And now we've got it with a poster to boot. Gaining festival buzz from Venice to Toronto, New...

Sundance 2011: MEEK'S CUTOFF Review

[With Meek's Cutoff now screening at Sundance we re-visit Aaron's earlier review from the New York Film Festival.]There is something deeply unsettling about Meek's Cutoff, a haunting feeling that grows with time, reaching back to the outset and tormenting the...

London 2010: MEEK'S CUTOFF Review

[Our thanks to Shelagh Rowan-Legg for the following review.]Everything and nothing happens in Kelly Reichardt's new film Meek's Cutoff. But that is precisely the point, and what makes this film a work of quiet genius. Unlike most tales of settlers...