Tag Archives: John Cusack

Love & Mercy review — Excellent vibrations

Directed by Bill Pohlad, written by Oren Moverman and Michael A. Lerner, based on the life of Brian Wilson.  Coming soon on my podcast, Lens Me Your Ears, with Stephen Cooke, is an episode on musical biopics. My arm needed a little twisting on this subject because biopics in general aren't my favourite genre—I always ask… Read More

The Spectacular Now review

Directed by James Ponsoldt Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, adapting the Tim Tharp novel The Spectacular Now manages a very difficult trick: it quietly shifts its tone without selling out or undercutting the way it starts or how it ends. It's a teen coming-of-age movie that begins lightly and gets heavy, but… Read More