Month: October 2014

Nightcrawler

by Lance Tilford | Posted in The Wayward Critic | No Comments

How much of the “too graphic for some” footage on the nightly news has been truly manipulated? How possible is it for a camera guy to be so close to the action? With chilling effect, Nightcrawlers explores the exciting and sometimes seedy world of “stringers,” independent videographers who trawl the cityscape and police scanners to […]

Birdman

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The first thing in Birdman you hear is Michael Keaton channeling his old Batman voice, and you see him meditating, in his underwear, while levitating. You’re unsure if it’s a suspension of reality or an elevation of reality. Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor still best known for his work as costumed crimefighter Birdman […]

Dracula Untold

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Beginning in the 15th century with everyone’s favorite historical Impaler, Prince Vlad (a true-life Wallachian hero), screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless imagine, ala Maleficent, an origin of a bold and noble member of royalty who turns to evil to protect his realm from the Turkish empire which seeks to enslave his people. Desperate for […]

The Judge

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It is always a pleasure to watch a strong ensemble cast make something compelling out of mediocre material. Even when you wince at another clichéd line, another predictable plot turn, or lines that would feel strained in high school theatre, there is some cause for celebration in the craft of well-honed thespian delivery. Robert Downey […]

Gone Girl

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Probably the most sinuously riveting movie you’ll see all year, Gone Girl manages to be a razor-sharp procedural, head-churning thriller, and scathing indictment of modern media—and throw in that it’s also a keen, tense look at marital dynamics. Even at 2 and ½ hours’ running time, this is an extraordinarily taut piece of filmmaking, which […]