I want to rub this trailer all over me – Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is a 2004 novel by British author David Mitchell. It won much acclaim upon its release, it was even shortlisted for the Booker Prize.  It consists of six stories that take place in different time periods, from the South Pacific in the 19th century, to the distance, post-apocalyptic future.  Like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, all these seemingly... Read More

Cosmopolis

There were those that worried David Cronenberg’s last film, A Dangerous Method, was if anything, not dangerous at all. The director, with his infamous reputation as the king of horror and the macabre, came out a four-year hiatus not with a bang, but more with a whimper. This move was particularly disappointing considering his strong displays the few previous years which included... Read More

The Awakening

We’ve seen everything in The Awakening before. In movies like The Others, or more recently even, The Woman in Black. This means that, at times, The Awakening is a bit boring, and sometimes even tedious. But that’s not to say it’s not without its charms. Although Awakening is a ghost story, it is also a detective story.  Sherlock Holmes investigates the supernatural... Read More

I want to rub this trailer all over me – Nobody Walks

I caught this one at Sundance this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although the buzz since then hasn’t been great, I never tire of seeing John Krasinski in serious roles.  Read More

Ridley Scott postpones ‘The Counselor’ in the Wake of his brother’s death

The rippling effects of Tony Scott’s untimely suicide continue to make themselves known in the first days after the incident. HuffPo is now reporting that Ridley Scott, Tony’s younger brother, has decided to postpone the production of The Counselor. It’s a completely understandable and supportable decision, if still a disappointment. The two brothers shared a... Read More

Did Baz Luhrmann’s reimagining of The Great Gatsby run out of money?

The recent announcement that Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby for the big screen would be moved from Christmas 2012 to summer of 2013 made many question the quality of the film. Had Warner Brothers seen the film and decided it wasn’t a serious awards contender? Luhrmann’s stuff is always on the edge of kitsch. This seemed like the logical contender,... Read More

BFR Remembers Tony Scott

*Update – The Associated Press is reporting that the notes found in his car were for loved ones, and that he left a suicide note in his office.  Scott also had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. In 2004, I discoveredMan on Fire. It was a film I would have not been typically interested in. It ended up being one hell of a ride, led by lead man Denzel Washington,... Read More

Shia says all the sex in Nymphomaniac will be unsimulated

Shia Labeouf announced this week that his is forthwith eschewing tradition Hollywood studios. Because, you know, it’s good business to bite the hand that feeds you $30 million dollars so you can be in schmaltzy music videos, and have unsimulated sex on a movie set while Lars von Trier watches. Yes, Labeouf has a part in von Trier’s next project titled Nymphomaniac.... Read More

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Making Of)

Even though Sundance was eight months ago, Beasts of the Southern Wild is still fresh in my mind. It’s an incredibly memorable film and I continue to follow it’s trajectory with great interest.  With it’s win at Sundance, and later receiving the Camera d’Or, I can’t help but wonder what will happen come awards season.  I’ve avoided... Read More

Martin McDonagh takes a break from Broadway to bring us his first film since ‘In Bruges’

Martin McDonagh, the man who finds humor in the very darkest places has brought us two movies up until this point. The first a short film, named Six Shooter, which won him an Oscar in 2005. The second, the brutally hilarious and touching In Bruges, starring Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell and Brandan Gleeson, which I am a huge fan.  In Bruges was Sundance’s opening film... Read More