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Dec 30, 2016   Leave a Comment '20th Century Women'

Actress leads a stellar cast in Mike Mills’ semiautobiographical story about a bohemian women raising a teen in age of feminism and punk rock Read More: // here

Dec 30, 2016   Leave a Comment '20th Century Women'

Way too many films out there are heavy on plot and exposition, light on atmosphere and character development. It’s safe to say “20th Century Women” isn’t one of them. Indeed, this new film from Mike Mills, a loving nod to the director’s own 1970s California youth, is precisely the opposite: a thoughtful and detailed evocation of an era and especially of one complicated character, with little story to speak of. Such atmospheric films, however expertly done, can either charm you or frustrate you to pieces. Luckily, even if it’s the latter, Annette Bening is there to pick those pieces up. Read More: // here

Dec 30, 2016   Leave a Comment '20th Century Women'

Despite featuring Jimmy Carter’s perilous speech on the “Crisis of Confidence,” the mood and energy of 20th Century Women flows with vibrant tranquility. The film opens on a top down shot of vivid blue-green waves crashing on the Santa Barbara shoreline, with Roger Neill’s synthesized score setting a calming atmosphere. That mood continues into the next shot: a burning car in a grocery store parking lot. The owner of it, Dorothea (Annette Bening), does not seem particularly alarmed by this development as much as her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann). Her perspective reflects the film’s general outlook, as characters accept the world as opposed to change it. Read More: // here

Dec 30, 2016   Leave a Comment Interview

The actor talks about his roles in Jackie and 20th Century Women, and what artists do in times of upheaval. Read More: // here

Dec 30, 2016   Leave a Comment ‘Alien: Covenant’

In the latest in our 10-part series, we run through the films we are most looking forward to next year (in alphabetical order). Today: science fiction
Alien: Covenant
Despite Ridley Scott being back at the reins, Prometheus (2012) turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. Its sequel (and the prequel to the original Alien) looks miles better already. Ripley-esque Katherine Waterston and Danny McBride are among crewmates on the good spaceship Covenant who find what looks like paradise but turns out to be a much less friendly place. Its sole inhabitant: David, the synthetic person played by Michael Fassbender (and the highlight of Prometheus). Read More: // here