Jack Goes Boating

It was only a matter of time before Philip Seymour Hoffman decided to direct. He’s gained enough cred in the business to warrant giving him a chance.  But it is slightly shocking that he chose to make his debut with a romantic comedy.  Did anyone else see that coming?  His film, Jack Goes Boating is a movie version of a play by the same name.  Hoffman actually played Jack in the off-Broadway production.  He brought along two of his stage... Read More

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)

Has anyone really decided what this film is called yet? It’s on IMDb under The Boat that Rocked, Fandango has it as Pirate Radio, the theatre that I went to see it at displayed a poster with The Boat that Rocked, I’m confused.  And so, must have been director Richard Curtis, since it became apparent during the showing that he didn’t really know what he wanted to say.  The most representative advertising the film did, was to say,... Read More

Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York (pronounced see-neck-dah-key) is the latest work from visionary writer and Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman, who created Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, among others. While Kaufman has an impressive list of writing credits to his name, this is his first effort as a director.  The result isn’t disappointing, but it’s a little confusing. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Caden Cotard,... Read More

25th Hour

25th Hour reads as a very angry love letter from Spike Lee to New York City.  It’s certainly one of Lee’s better joints, the piece of a competent, mature filmmaker, not some of the blathering drivel we’ve seen in some of his movies.  25th Hour is well worth checking out. The story follows Irish, New York drug dealer Monty (the impeccable Edward Norton).  He’s not big time, but not necessarily small time either.  The police... Read More