I Want My VOD: November 2012

by Ethan Alter November 8, 2012 11:30 am
I Want My VOD: November 2012

The multiplex isn't the only place that's crowded with movies this fall movie season. Deadfall, starring Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam, is one of many titles available right now on most video-on-demand service.

Indie Snapshot: Cosmopolis, Compliance and More

by Ethan Alter August 17, 2012 1:09 pm
Indie Snapshot: <i>Cosmopolis</i>, <i>Compliance</i> and More

Cheer up, Rob. You may have lost KStew, but at least you've got a new person in your life: David Cronenberg. Also, our takes on Compliance, The Awakening and Side by Side

Closed Circuit: Faulty Wiring

by Ethan Alter August 28, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Closed Circuit</i>: Faulty Wiring

Among the many disappointments of the thrill-free British thriller Closed Circuit is that it wastes such an evocative title on such a bland movie. After all, that name instantly puts one in mind of vintage '70s paranoia pictures like The Parallax View or Three Days of the Condor, movies where a lone hero is plunged into a shadowy world of espionage and betrayal, perpetrated by an all-knowing, all-powerful corporate and/or government entity. And the film's opening credits sequence further teases that that's what's in store for viewers, filling the screen with footage gleaned from various closed circuit cameras positioned around a contemporary London neighborhood. At first, we're treated to scenes of ordinary life: people walking and talking, cops directing traffic and vendors peddling their wares. But then the image of a nondescript delivery truck starts to recur on the various monitors as it backs its way into a particularly populous section of the street. Just as a police officer comes over to wave the driver away, the screens go white as an explosion reduces the surrounding area to rubble.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Ménage à Blah

by Lauren Gitlin August 12, 2008 12:18 pm
<i>Vicky Cristina Barcelona</I>: Ménage à Blah

As I walked out of a screening for Woody Allen's new film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a friend cracked that Allen only gives us a decent film every 10 years, and implied that VCB had successfully staked its claim as the decade's quota. Me, I'm not so sure. Certainly Allen's prior two films, Match Point and Scoop, weren't anything to write home about. But it's tough to say if VCB is the triumph we've all been waiting for.

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