Guest Review: The Messenger

Last year at Sundance, I caught a screening of Oren Moverman’s The Messenger (you can read my review here).  In the chaos of the festival, I never really had the time to sit down and write out a decent review.   Thankfully, my new found friend, and fellow cinephile, Justin, has written a much more thorough and thoughtful piece on the film.  We differ in our opinions, but his review is convincing enough, I’m going to give The Messenger... Read More

The Messenger

There’s something slightly odd about a former Israeli army officer making a movie about broken American veterans of the war in Iraq. But that’s just what The Messenger is.  The film is Oren Moverman’s directorial debut and is currently in competition at Sundance. The story follows Will (Ben Foster), a decorated war hero that came home with a purple heart for saving some friends during an attack in some nameless Iraqi city. Although... 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

From the Library: Enduring Love

Occasionally I will be reviewing films from my DVD library. This–is the first. ‘Enduring Love’ is one of those movies that will stay with you long after the credits finish rolling. This is in large part thanks, no doubt, to Ian McEwan, the author of the book from which this film is adapted. Anyone familiar with McEwan’s work recognizes the power of his written word. His book ‘Atonement’ also inspired the 2007 Oscar... Read More