The first theatrical feature film written and directed by David Chase, the creator of “The Sopranos,” is an autobiographical tale about the formation of an artistic sensibility. John Magaro plays Doug Damiano, a northern New Jersey teenager whose father Pat (James Gandolfini) is a hot-tempered, Archie Bunker-style reactionary who suffers from psoriasis, and whose mother Antoinette (Molly Price) is a depressive who regularly threatens to kill herself. The movie is narrated by Doug’s sister Evelyn, played by Meg Guzulescu, in the manner of a third-person novel, packing three films’ worth of incident into an hour and 50 minutes yet somehow never feeling rushed.
While the gun barrel sequences in James Bond films have not changed a great deal visually, one element that has evolved constantly is the music.
Matt writes: The 72nd Cannes Film Festival came to a close last week, and RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert was there to cover the highlights in her exclusive video dispatches, along with contributors led by Barbara Scharres and Ben Kenigsberg, whose daily reviews did a marvelous job of covering the highlights.
Matt writes: With the 91st Academy Awards telecast scheduled to be broadcast this Sunday, February 24th, Collin Souter devotes his latest installment of Short Films in Focus to all of the shorts nominated for Oscars this year (and yes, ALL of the nominees deserve to be televised, as do the entirety of the winners' acceptance speeches in each category). One of the Best Documentary Short Subject nominees, Marshall Curry's "A Night at the Garden" is embedded below, and according to Souter, it appears to have "broken precedent" with its exceptionally brief running time (clocking in just over seven minutes in length).
An interview with Julie Taymor, director of "Across the Universe," which will be rereleased in theaters for three days only, courtesy of Fathom Events.