The most surprising thing about "The Martian" is how relaxed and funny it is.
Kirby Ferguson of GoodieBag.tv (whom you may remember from "Trajan is the Movie Font") has composed a spectacular image overture, "Hollywood vs. New York," which he describes as, "Four decades of celluloid New York annihilation distilled into one musical montage." Think of it as the opening of Woody Allen's "Manhattan" without the spoken narration, even as it echoes in your memory: "Chapter One. He Adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion." Uh, no, make that, "He romanticized it all out of proportion..."
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An interview with Michael Shannon on Freeheld, 99 Homes, Boardwalk Empire, and more.
A comparison of Frank Costello in The Departed and Whitey Bulger in Black Mass reveals weaknesses in the latter.