With characters so intriguing and narratives so deep, it’s hard to figure out where Pedro begins: with the plot or the people.
Author Archives: Matthew Sorrento
Peter Jackson’s head must have been spinning as he read Alice Sebold’s disturbing if obvious novel, “The Lovely Bones.” After viewing the film version, we’d guess that the novel brought many a fantastical set piece to the filmmaker’s vision. The otherworld of the novel’s dead girl, Susie Salmon, suggests all sorts of whims: trees bursting […]
Morgan Freeman’s role in “Invictus” is a universe away from his role in “Lean on Me,” even if both characters turn around troubled institutions. The latter film, from 1989, features Freeman as Joe Clark, the real life principal who brought tough love to a near militaristic level. Clark, who coins himself “Batman” for his penchant […]
Bright Lights Film Journal, which offers some of the finest film writing out there, took the gamble and went virtual in 1996 after an on-off history in print.
by Phil Hall (reprinted from Film Threat, April 18, 2009)For the serious movie lover, there are few things more depressing than a theatre that is shut down. The rise of the conglomerate-owned multiplexes in the 1970s helped to speed the decline of many independently owned community theatres, and today many of the smaller venues exist […]
Just finished Midnight Picnic by Nick Antosca…in the middle of Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler (fascinating tale about one ambitious fellow…unfortunately, the story’s often about business, with many numbers crunched).
Thankfully, unlike those simpler films of lesser quality, many dynamics to Brokeback are still unchartered.
No mercy is shown to the players in Ballast, and not much more to the film’s viewers.
Even the more inventive thrillers will fall back on convention, as this new French entry does in its opening minutes.
Matthew Sorrento reviews the new documentary about famed writer Harlan Ellison
Criterion Collection presents journeyman director Louis Malle’s debut, a French exercise in noir.
1971’s Play it Again, Sam previews how Woody Allen would soon elevate his comic acumen into masterful studies of tragic romance.