Mini Review – Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Jesse (Josh Radnor) is 35 and lives in New York, where he reads continuously and is admired from afar by a woman with a large forehead. But Jesse still yearns for college, the only place where “you can tell people you’re a poet and not get punched … Read more

Mini Review – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Six-year-old Hushpuppy lives in cheerful squalor in a close-knit, alcohol- and seafood-fuelled community called the Bathtub, in the Louisiana bayou. A levee and a whole different world view  separate these fringe-dwellers from ‘civilised’ society. Hushpuppy’s father Wink provides basic care but withholds his affection … Read more

Best of the Web 26 Aug

Story & Structure :: Without a successful movie under your belt, DON’T attempt to write multi-protag. :: Why write a movie? :: Dispatch from The Quest: Ben Odgren on subtext use in ‘Jaws’  :: TGB Breakdown Ep 7: Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. (Guest: Film Crit Hulk) :: No stakes and no surprises, please :: Tony Scott on Directing: Artistic Style, Concept, … Read more

Mini-Review – Holy Motors

Holy Motors Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson A short guy  with a medium-sized penis (you can judge for yourself) drives around Paris in a limo for a series of ‘appointments’ playing various roles – banker, street beggar, motion-capture artist, irritable father, thug. Perpetrator, victim. It’s like a feature-length series of performance-art pieces, which would … Read more

Mini Review – The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson We meet genetically enhanced assassin Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) as he survives the Alaskan wilderness. Meanwhile, CIA bigwigs shout across tables at Edward Norton, who runs the whole super-assassin program, which is so secret that the CIA doesn’t know about it, or even how he got … Read more