Argentinian director Fabian Bielinsky's feature debut is the story of two con men, an old pro and a young beginner, who hook up for a day and seemingly stumble on the score of a lifetime. "Seemingly," of course, is the key word here, since this is the kind of movie that begs to be second-guessed.
This is Angelina Jolie's first venture into comedy, and although well-endowed enough to play dramatic, action and hottie roles, she doesn't have the chops to carry lines that call for a comedic magician to pull them off. And Life's script is mediocre at best.
Which direction do we look to for self-definition? In, out, behind — or is the answer out on the road? This is an important film, existing in a space well beyond entertainment, not doing anything new when it comes to style or technique, just breaking through a few brick walls to understanding the human condition — with Billy Crudup and Julianne Moore.
Filmed on Thanksgiving Day 1976, this farewell concert by the Band and special guest icons (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, et al.) is atmospherically captured by Martin Scorsese in a kind of plush-noir style. Much of the music is very good in a way that seems nearly timeless.
For those not familiar with the life of poet-playwright and legend Miguel Piñero, director Leon Ichaso’s film will be a slightly bewildering experience, as it narrates Piñero’s painful odyssey without laying down much in the way of a coherent timeline — with Benjamin Bratt, Talisa Soto, Giancarlo Esposito, Mandy Patinkin and the glorious Rita Moreno.
Transylvania House is all-Romanian-all-the-time. The mushroom goulash appetizer, served warm, is amazing. Also good was a simple clear chicken soup with skinny noodles and parsley, and a romaine salad with onions, lemon and fresh dill. Dearborn’s Transylvania House milks the Dracula connection, displaying a picture of Vlad the Impaler and showcasing a black-clad guitarist named Creepy Clyde. Creepy Clyde is a major plus for Transylvania House. He sings and plays selections from the last 60 years of American popular music (no Romanian), occasionally throwing in a ghoulish laugh and a creepy song. He closed his show one night with a ditty he introduced as “really scary”: the Farmer Jack theme song. Here was a performer with no pretensions but plenty of charm.
One of 10 Detroit Discs that Shook the World: Aretha Franklin's I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You signaled the arrival of the new kind of voice, a rallying cry for feminism, sexual liberation and racial equality.