A tough, gritty film: Out of the Furnace

…with an excellent cast and vivid sense of place. Also, of note, the producers, including Leonardo DiCaprio were sued by the New Jersey mountain Indians. Never heard of them? There’s much more about this interesting sub-section of America at the New...

Gordon Willis and the light

Noted cinematographer Gordon Willis died last weekend. Willis, whose moody aesthetic earned him the nickname “Prince of Darkness,” died Sunday at his home in North Falmouth, Mass., on Cape Cod. He was 82. Despite his no-nonsense, often prickly attitude on...

“Blue Jasmine” versus “Short Term 12”

My wife and I watched Blue Jasmine Friday night. It struck me as contrived and artificial. I never once forgot that I was watching actors acting and reciting lines from Woody Allen’s script. Saturday we watched Short Term 12 on Netflix streaming, and when it...

Stunning film making

One of my favorite films (I include made-for-cable in that category because many are just as good or better than feature films) is the recently concluded 8-part series on HBO, True Detective. This six-minute scene was captured as one continuous shot, which required...