May 31, 2012
MOVIES Before Wes Anderson's films examined the preppy-adjacent struggles of upper middle class young people, Whit Stillman walked a similar beat in '80s with witty films such as "Barcelona," "Metropolitan" and the third of his self-described "Doomed Bourgeois in Love" trilogy, "Last Days of Disco," which screens at the Cinefamily with the writer-director on hand. Chloe Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale and bone-dry scene-stealer Chris Eigeman star in an unironic, funny and even moving depiction of coming of age in the privileged class while sparing the easy, '70s cliches.
June 15, 2007 |
Show of hands, please: Does anyone want to see an amiable romantic dramedy by a maker of sobering religious documentaries? Yes, actually, you do. Oren Rudavsky, whose previous work includes "Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust," has, along with co-screenwriter Daniel Saul Houseman, crafted an odd, funny film out of Daniel Menaker's novel "The Treatment."
June 14, 2002 |
There's nothing big about "The Next Big Thing," a feeble and tedious satire on the New York art scene. Director PJ Posner and co-writer Joel Posner mean to skewer the role mystique plays in establishing an artist's reputation, not a bad target, but their film is all strained artifice, inhabited by individuals who either lack dimension or are merely stereotypes. The result is a movie not nearly as amusing as its makers may think.
November 14, 2001 |
The season-opening episode of "Malcolm in the Middle" Sunday night was worrisome. It wasn't simply that the episode wasn't as funny as usual; it was that the tone seemed wrong. Malcolm's repeated efforts to spur his father in favor of pursuing girls made him just another surly teenager, no different than his older brothers. But tonight's installment (8 p.m. Fox) gets back on track, building its central story line around the classroom, where Malcolm most definitely stands apart from his siblings.
August 5, 1994 |
"Barcelona" is only Whit Stillman's second feature, but he has already staked out a territory and a sensibility quite his own. Arch, eccentric romantic comedies that manage to be delicately off-balance without ever falling, Stillman's films are as unmistakable as his buttoned-down Brooks Brothers name. Stillman's first film as a writer-director, "Metropolitan," was that rare $300,000 movie that was admired enough to be nominated for an Oscar (for best original screenplay).
June 5, 1998 |
They don't call Lester Grimm "Mr. Jealousy" without just cause. Back when he was 15, Lester lost his nerve when it came time for a good-night kiss, only to later spy his beloved in the arms of someone else. Fidelity, not surprisingly, became an issue with him, and in college he can be glimpsed trailing after his girlfriends' exes "like a detective shadowing a subject." Set in neurotic Manhattan, "Mr.