Golden Globes Results + Analysis

We’ve got a lot to talk about. There were some real surprises this year. And by that, I mean that I was proven wrong. And I’d like to understand why.

BRIDGE OF SPIES and THE MARTIAN Review – ****½

I opted to review these films together because each is a little miracle; each represents the best effort in a long while from a director who seemed to have left his best days behind him. The Martian is the greater triumph in that respect–I’m not a big fan of Lincoln or Tintin (War Horse is pending further review), but they’re a…

INTERSTELLAR Review – ****

The rise of television in the 1950s put pressure on the studios to make films which offered an experience beyond what television could provide. Cinerama, CinemaScope, stereophonic sound–all were developed to make films bigger, broader, deeper–to make films events. Films aren’t so often billed as true events anymore. (Props to Universal for touting David Lynch’s Dune as such.) But…

THE ZERO THEOREM Review – ***

The name Terry Gilliam and the words “checkered career” seem to go hand in hand. After Time Bandits was a hit, both Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen fell victim to studio politics, and the latter, which had gone well over-budget, was a massive bomb. But The Fisher King was a success (even winning an Oscar for Mercedes Ruehl’s performance), and 12 Monkeys became…

THE MONUMENTS MEN Review – **½

Some spoilers. Once this was pushed back from a holiday release date to February, despite early rumors that it would be a major Oscar contender, I knew something was not quite right. And sure enough, while not a bad film, The Monuments Men is nowhere near the level of an Oscar contender, and even the…