Shameless showrunner John Wells seeks the Real America in August: Osage County
In a welcome break from the endless coverage of Obamacare, the Senate Democratic leadership scuttled the filibuster rules Republicans had been using to hold up a ridiculous number of Obama appointments, and the Administration brokered a nuclear deal with Iran. The break is welcome because it gives ... More >>
No country for poor men
Steve McQueen's new film challenges audiences to view slavery from the inside out
You have to admit that Leonardo DiCaprio has emerged as quite a not-boring film star. With nutty movies like Inception, J. Edgar, Django Unchained, and now The Great Gatsby (with The Wolf of Wall Street howling in the wings), he's become a sort of glossier version of Johnny Depp--someone who takes c ... More >>
Django is Like "Accidental Racist," Except Not Godawful.
Space is the place
A TV reporter asked Django Unchained creator Quentin Tarantino how he's so sure that there's no link between enjoying movie violence and enjoying real violence. Tarantino could have replied, "Because movies are illusion. Mine, especially, is a satirical riff, a romp, a ride, with some self-consciou ... More >>
The following folk were excluded by the Oscar nominators and will have to either jump off a cliff or just learn to deal with it.
What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss
Let's go native
A history of violence
The end of cinema? Hardly.
Basterd makes good
Ever vigilant for things to be outraged by, conservative internet precincts yesterday dropped the bombshell that there's gambling in Casablanca the word "nigger" is spoken in a Quentin Tarantino movie about American slavery. Since Drudge et al. haven't actually seen the movie, they just go with th ... More >>
Got three hours to kill? Still have no power and feel anxious to spend long stretches of time anywhere where there's heat and light? Then you're gonna love this season's batch of Oscar-bait flicks. They're long. They're made by auteurs who treasure every moment of their own genius and can't wait ... More >>
The way we die now
That's what insiders are saying--the kind of insiders who are usually right sometimes. Oscar's Best Actor locks already seem to be: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln Duh. We knew this the second the movie was announced. Denzel Washington for Flight People are so happy he got a quality script agai ... More >>
Something must be in the air--like dire desperation or maybe economic collapse--because the slew of quality films coming your way seems to be drawing a lot from horrifying disasters, both real and imagined, as they go to a very dark place in your wallet. Yes, some of them are personal awakenings wi ... More >>