Tag Archives: Kyle Chandler

First Man review — The Upright Stuff

Directed by Damien Chazelle | Written by Josh Singer, from a book by James R. Hansen | 141 min What First Man does well it does masterfully: the nuts and bolts and rivets and metal groans of analogue space flight. First Man brings an impressive level of realism to this recreation, with the sound design and herky-jerky… Read More

Carol review — Forbidden love unwrapped

Directed by Todd Haynes | Written by Phyllis Nagy, adapting Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt | 118 min. | ▲▲▲▲△ I've enjoyed Haynes' work since I went to see Safe one day in 1995 in a largely empty cinema in Toronto and felt a chill I've rarely experienced at the movies, a uniquely unsettled feeling I… Read More

The Wolf of Wall Street review

Directed by Martin Scorcese Written by Terrence Winter, from the Jordan Belfort book A wildly funny film, The Wolf Of Wall Street probably won't be considered one of Scorcese's great works for a couple of reasons. 1) It revels in excess at a time when that is particularly unfashionable, five years since those Wall Street… 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

Zero Dark Thirty review

Directed by Kathryn BigelowWritten by Mark BoalIn the opening scenes of Zero Dark Thirty, following the text that the film is "based on first-hand accounts of actual events," Jason Clarke's CIA agent, the single-named Dan, is interrogating a prisoner at some Black Site, an American ops location without an address, somewhere in Pakistan. They're discussing information.… Read More