One I watched and re-watched about 5 times when it first came out on video cassette.
And I love that fact that Pierce Brosnan is billed at "1st Irishman"!
Harold is as hard as a rock and he will crush you. He runs the London docks and he wants to put together the biggest real estate deal in Europe. He has Mafia money from America and the tacit cooperation of the London criminal organization. He's short, barrel-chested, with his thinning hair combed forward above a round face and teeth that always seem to be grinding.
"Johnny Depp, who’s built a brilliant career despite many of his lamentable film choices, may not be the first actor you think of to play a genius — much less humanity’s destroyer or savior. But he’s weirdly perfect in “Transcendence,”..."
From the New York Times review by Manohla Dargis:
'Scarlett Johansson as an extraterrestrial femme fatale cruising the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s cerebral sci-fi horror fantasy “Under the Skin” is an indelible personification of predatory allure.'
'...it is as if the voice of Samantha — the operating system Ms. Johansson voiced in “Her” — has taken human form. But instead of a seemingly empathetic cyberfriend, she turns out to be a heartless humanoid temptress from outer space.'
'Women warriors are on the rise again in American movies, and so, too, are hopes that they’ll be able to strike where it counts: in the industry’s executive suites.
Some of this faith can be traced, irrationally or exuberantly, to “The Hunger Games.”'
'There is a crucial difference: While Katniss Everdeen doesn’t make much room for romance in “The Hunger Games” (she has a revolution to lead), Tris Prior spends a whole lot of time wondering why her instructor pays attention to her.'
From the New York Times review:This Dystopia Has Some Smooches. In 'Divergent,' Jolted Awake by Fear and Romance
A Reason to watch?
"Alix lives sloppily. She leaves her cellphone charger in Calais; her credit cards don’t work for lack of funds; and she carries almost no cash. On the train from Calais to Paris for an audition, she makes eye contact with an older, English-speaking stranger (Gabriel Byrne), whose name, Douglas, isn’t revealed until the end of the film. "
From the New York Times review by Stephen Holden
'“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Mr. Anderson’s eighth feature, will delight his fans, but even those inclined to grumble that it’s just more of the same patented whimsy might want to look again.'
From the New York Times review:
By A. O. Scott
Thought this week I would give some competing reviews, rather than stick to my favorite New York Times movie review site.
As ever, the viewers will be the judges...
'The Canyons' review by Manohla Dargis in The New York Times wrties of a film (that) "...is a dispiriting, unpleasurable work punctuated with flashes of vitalizing vulgarity. It isn’t a good movie in terms of the conventional norms (acting for starters), but it also exhibits a crude integrity."
See: The Cellphone Gets Its Close-Up - ‘The Canyons’ Is an Erotic Thriller With Lindsay Lohan
Compare and contrast with ".. If the subtext of this misbegotten parade of lame shock tactics is the death of cinema, then The Canyons certainly knows how to nail the coffin shut. "
'A moral fable about greed and comeuppance, crimes and misdemeanors, “Blue Jasmine” begins with a socialite brought low and evolves into a tragedy that becomes far greater than her own. '
Pride Stays, Even After the Fall - Cate Blanchett Stars in Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’