November 1, 2012 |
C-sharp minor - the mere words conjure up a sense of anxious edge, which is the feeling that drives "A Late Quartet. " Starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir as the players, this is a chamber piece about chamber musicians that is set to Beethoven's emotional Opus 131 string quartet - in C-sharp minor. As much as the movie is shaped by the piece - Opus 131 is a complex, demanding work - "A Late Quartet" is not really about the music. Director Yaron Zilberman, a chamber music fan, is using the intimate collaboration required of a string quartet to examine the way in which lives become dangerously entangled over time.
September 29, 2012 |
The few negative reviews of "The Master" - and yes, there have been a few - have used adjectives like "oblique" and "opaque" to describe this often perplexing opus from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. More enthusiastic critics have described the film as "elusive," "enigmatic" and "confounding. " One glowing review rhapsodizes that the movie "defies understanding. " If these seem like strange words of praise, you may need a crash course in new critical and directorial fashions.
September 13, 2012 |
"The Master" takes some getting used to. This is a superbly crafted film that's at times intentionally opaque, as if its creator didn't want us to see all the way into its heart of darkness. It's a film bristling with vivid moments and unbeatable acting, but its interest is not in tidy narrative satisfactions but rather the excesses and extremes of human behavior, the interplay of troubled souls desperate to find their footing. PHOTOS: Celebrity photos by the Times Its writer-director, of course, is the all-out visionary Paul Thomas Anderson, an all-in filmmaker whose previous work like "Boogie Nights" and "There Will Be Blood" explored strong and compelling personal conflicts.
September 1, 2012 |
It was less than one week until the FYF Fest, the two-day celebration of underground music that starts Saturday for which he is the architect, and Sean Carlson was bummed that the phone company had thwarted his plans for a caller ID prank. The 27-year-old concert promoter hasn't even bothered to learn the number for his land line. What's the point, he says, if the Man is just going to force him to be identified as a private caller? “They asked what I wanted my name to be,” Carlson said, remembering when he was giving the telecom rep his account information.
August 2, 2012 |
ABC has tapped Peter Seymour to serve in a newly created role as chief financial officer for the Disney/ABC Television Group. The new position centralizes financial responsibilities for the various television channels managed by Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, to whom Seymour will report. That includes the ABC television network, ABC Studios, ABC-owned television station group, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney and Hyperion Publishing.
July 24, 2012 |
Philip Seymour Hoffman will be on the big screen during the Toronto International Film Festival, but it won't be in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated film,"The Master," that's said to be a thinly veiled look at Scientology. Rather, Hoffman will be seen in Toronto in "A Late Quartet" from writer-director-producer Yaron Zilberman. The film, which will have its world premiere at the fest, features Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir as members of a renowned string quartet whose fate hangs in the balance when one of its own is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The film is Zilberman's first fictional feature film.