More stories

  • in

    Noah Baumbach explores the trouble of being 45 and 25 in ‘While We’re Young’

    Noah Baumbach’s last few films have been about protagonists doing nothing, or at least trying to give the illusion of doing something. Ben Stiller’s Greenberg said as much, even while slowly building a doghouse for his brother. Greta Gerwig’s Frances Halloway was a professional dancer who didn’t dance to the point that it made her “undateable”. Baumbach’s latest film While We’re Young is about yet another form of stagnation: middle age. A married couple of forty-somethings encounter a married couple of twenty-somethings, and that illusion that they’re doing everything they’re meant to be doing at this age quickly fades away. More

  • in

    Watch the trailer for Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’

    Following some warm praise by SOS critics at both this year’s Toronto Film Festival and New York Film Festival, Noah Baumbach reteams with his Greenberg star Ben Stiller and Frances Ha‘s Adam Driver for his latest film While We’re Young. Stiller stars as a filmmaker who befriends a pair of 20-something hipsters (a hilarious looking […] More

  • in

    NYFF 2014: ‘While We’re Young’ – The Young and the Old and the Restless

    At age 45, it feels like writer-director Noah Baumbach is getting soft. Best known for his caustic tragicomedies like Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, and Margot at the Wedding, he took a turn in tone for his 2012 feature Frances Ha, which starred and was co-written by Greta Gerwig. So, though the warmth of that film might surprise someone familiar with his work, that it’s a collaboration with Gerwig explains at least part of that tone. While We’re Young, though, Baumbach’s newest film which premiered at TIFF this year and made a surprise appearance at the New York Film Festival, manages to carry that affection. It’s hard to top Frances Ha, but his newest is pleasant and impressive all the same. More

  • in

    TIFF 2014: Adam Driver dominates Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’ and Saverio Costanzo’s ‘Hungry Hearts’

    Once again, Noah Baumbach’s taken to contemporary twenty-something culture. With Frances Ha he painted an apt portrait of a meandering young woman struggling to identify herself in a sea of expectation and pressure. Now, the gloves are off, as Baumbach zeroes in on the terrible and vaguely infectious character traits of the Me Generation. Narcissism and pretention are the order of the day, and we’re not talking about flippantly calling your ‘frenemy’ a narcissist: actual, clinical narcissism. More

  • a-million-ways-to-die-in-the-west-movie-wallpaper-2

    ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ has its shortcomings, but is far from a disaster

    Seth MacFarlane has a dirty mind. He tells dirty jokes in occasionally clever, often crude ways, and without remorse. With Family Guy, he exhibits the full extent of his talents in thirty-minute stints to great effect. On the big screen, however, he may need someone to wrangle him in. While Ted (2012) was incredibly entertaining, it occasionally found itself slowing to a crawl. MacFarlane’s latest, A Million Ways to Die in the West, finds itself suffering a similar fate. Though highly entertaining, the film runs too long, leaves many of its characters in the lurch, and doesn’t give nearly enough screen time to its talented roster of actors. More

  • in

    ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’, from Seth MacFarlane, releases its first red-band trailer

    While comedian Seth MacFarlane gained some prominence as a writer for popular cartoons Johnny Bravo and Dexter’s Laboratory, the success of his created shows Family Guy and American Dad brought him to the attention of mainstream audiences. Parlaying that success to the big screen by directing and co-writing 2012’s Ted, many fans were curious to see […] More

  • in

    ‘Epic’ a decidedly derivative, if colorful, new animated film

    We are living in a golden age of animation, yet so many people working at Hollywood’s studio-funded animation companies are content working in the realm of the familiar. Too frequently, new mainstream animated films are like a big bowl of soup, with countless flavors that you’ve tasted before tweaked only slightly to not be total carbon copies of something bigger and often better. More

  • in

    ‘Les Misérables’ a somewhat successful, but inappropriately intimate adaptation

    Les Misérables Directed by Tom Hooper Written by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer United Kingdom, 2012 At some point in cinema history, it became bad form to make movie musicals without being self-aware or self-referential. The concern must spring from the perceived stumbling block people have when they watch musicals, […] More

Load More
Congratulations. You've reached the end of the internet.