I saw LAWLESS over the weekend. Absolutely loved it. To be honest, some of the violence was a bit graphic but it was based on a true story…
‘That’s My Boy’
“Ted” earned over $384 million worldwide, making Seth MacFarlane’s film the R-rated comedy of the summer. however, “That’s My Boy” was the better movie.
Not a flop, not yet a success — “Battleship” was cloaked in “John Carter” ennui, but it was actually every bit as good as both “Transformers” and “Armageddon,” two summertime favorites.
“Little Miss Sunshine” didn’t have as much luck at the box office with their second feature, which is too bad since “Ruby Sparks” is possibly better than the 2006 Best Picture nominee.
‘Red Hook Summer’
Spike Lee’s return to Brooklyn was one of the more polarizing movies of the season. Is “Red Hook Summer” a complete mess of embarrassing excess or a work of fevered genius? Well, both. Powered by an award-worthy performance from Clarke Peters (“The Wire”), “Red Hook Summer” defies expectations at every turn and is one of summer’s most memorable films. You’ll either love it or hate it, but at least you’ll feel something.
‘Safety Not Guaranteed’
“Safety Not Guaranteed” was a favorite at Sundance and SXSW.
‘Celeste & Jesse Forever’
Another Sundance favorite, “Celeste and Jesse Forever” is the type of smart and thoughtful romantic comedy that could only come from outside the studio system. Written by and starring Rashida Jones (in a breakout performance that’s leaps above her great work on “Parks and Recreation”), the film follows what happens to the title couple after they divorce. Think “(500) Days of Summer,” but without that awful ending.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia co-wrote, co-directed and stars in “Sleepwalk With Me,” which is based on his battles with REM sleep disorder and a sputtering long-term relationship. Funny, sharply observed and honest, “Sleepwalk With Me” recalls vintage Woody Allen.
‘Side By Side’
Pop quiz, hot shot: Keanu Reeves interviewed directors like Christopher Nolan, James Cameron and the Wachowskis for a documentary about the debate between digital and photochemical filmmaking techniques. What do you do? Well, watch it, because “Side by Side” is one of the most important films for film buffs to see this year.