Posts Tagged ‘ben’

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Rabbit Hole (PG-13) Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star in John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s play about a married couple trying to cope with the recent death of their young son. Also wit...


A Solitary Man Goes Back to School

Michael Douglas tries to hold back the years in this mild comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Since the turn of the new century, Michael Douglas has gradually been phasing himself out of the stardom that he enjoyed in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when he often played angry white men under siege. These days, he’s ...



Drug Mountain

Ken Shimamoto
One wonders if Lester Bangs was foreseeing this when he wrote that rock ‘n’ roll is a “raw wail from the bottom of the guts.” Recorded by redoubtable noise maven Steve Albini in his Chicago lair last sum...


Ben Perowsky

Ken Shimamoto
Ben Perowsky is a New York-based jazz drummer who’s worked with underground godfather John Zorn, film noir-inspired indie rockers Elysian Fields, and the experimental/soul hybrid group Joan As Police Woman. His early-R...



Movie Shoot

Kristian Lin
Here’s a fantastic movie idea: Tropic Thunder takes place on the set of a big-budget Hollywood Vietnam War film also entitled Tropic Thunder.


High 90s

Kristian Lin
“Do you ever feel like a fuck-up?” So inquires recent high-school grad Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) of his psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires (Ben Kingsley).



The Beauty Is

Big Ticket
In November 2003, when the Cliburn Foundation and the Modern Art Museum were just starting their new series expressly devoted to contemporary music, the programmers set aside one concert for songs by three young composers bring...


Blackjacked

The deck gets hot for the casino drama 21, but it’s too late to recoup its losses.
Kristian Lin
The low-temperature gambling thriller 21 is based on Ben Mezrich’s book Bringing Down the House, his account of a ring of MIT math students who used card-counting techniques to win millions at Vegas’ blackjack table...



Amanda Alert

Ben Affleck comes up aces directing the missing-girl mystery Gone Baby Gone.
Kristian Lin
It probably didn’t happen this way, but I can easily imagine Ben Affleck in the midst of his 2003 Gigli-induced purgatory, taking time out to watch Mystic River and thinking to himself, “Hell, I can do that” (or words to ...


Blood and Snow

Even after 30 Days of Night, this film can’t put a new twist on the vampire genre.
Kristian Lin
Since Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published 110 years ago, doing something new with vampires in any storytelling medium has gotten to be extremely difficult.