Santa Fe Reporter - Movie Reviews http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-28-1-movie-reviews.html <![CDATA[It’s a Wrap! - 2013 was a year filled with glory, slurps and triple barfs]]>
By: David Riedel
So this year was a pretty good one for movies. It’s just that movies that were bad were so bad. Just inexcusable. Sweet Jesus. But we’ll get to those after my five favorite movies of 2013.]]>
<![CDATA[Fall Flicks - It’s the attack of the award-worthy films!]]>
By: David Riedel
Welcome to autumn. As we all know—and if you don’t, WHAT THE FUCK, ARE YOU LIVING UNDER A ROCK?—it’s the time of year when the studios, big and small, start pushing their awards fodder picture]]>
<![CDATA[Blood and guts… gotta problem with that? - 'Machete Kills' is long, dumb, and a lot of fun ]]>
By: David Riedel
The early reviews for Machete Kills have largely been unkind. The big gripe appears to be that Machete Kills is too long, too repetitive and too superviolent. How many of these critics have seen a Robert Rodriguez movie before?]]>
<![CDATA[Tom Hanks… and pirates - 'Captain Phillips' has its moments]]>
By: David Riedel
Sometimes when watching a movie that’s particularly emotionally distressing, one has to ask, “Just how much harrowing adversity can we watch these characters go through? What’s the endgame here?]]>
<![CDATA[Nothing to see here - 'Love, Marilyn' is truly lame]]>
By: David Riedel
Hey, here's something to savor. A bunch of actors reading—on camera no less!—words by lots and lots of people who have written things about Marilyn Monroe. And words by Monroe herself. ]]>
<![CDATA[I Seem to Be Floating, And Downward - It’s ‘Gravity’! ]]>
By: David Riedel
Calling a movie Newton’s Laws of Motion would probably have the potential audience running for the hills.]]>
<![CDATA[Not Enough - ‘Enough Said’ is delightful ]]>
By: David Riedel
It’s a shame there aren’t more movies like Enough Said. It’s a touching (and truly hilarious) comedy with moments of drama about people who are actual adults—people with children and responsibilities and jobs—and not just assholes who work in graphic design.]]>
<![CDATA[Come for the Crashes, Stay for the Story - Rush is better than it should be]]>
By: David Riedel
It’s that time of year between the end of summer and the beginning of the Oscar races when, traditionally, the genuine crap starts hitting the multiplexes. (You’ll also find crap from January to March, and, depending on your point of view, all year.)]]>
<![CDATA[Characters and Audience Abused - It comes together quite easily in Short Term 12]]>
By: David Riedel
I recently had a conversation with another critic about the jarring transition that some actors make from playing high school students to playing adults. For my money, the biggest jump is Jon Cryer playing Duckie in Pretty in Pink (1986) to playing 27-year-old stockbroker Andrew in Hiding Out (1987).]]>
<![CDATA[Set ‘Em Up! - Oh, to be more than ‘Drinking Buddies’ ]]>
By: David Riedel
One could be forgiven for considering Olivia Wilde the Gretchen Mol of her generation. You know, an actor with enormous promise who made early and frequent missteps.]]>
<![CDATA[So You’re a Sex Addict - Never has addiction been as vanilla as in ‘Thanks for Sharing’ ]]>
By: David Riedel
In the ongoing debate of whether sex addiction is a thing the way drug and alcohol addiction is a thing, we get Thanks for Sharing, which is definitely not doing the sex-addiction-is-real advocates any favors.]]>
<![CDATA[If Only Movie Theaters Came With Vomit Bags - 'Austenland' is just the worst]]>
By: David Riedel
Nora Ephron used to say that there are two romantic comedy traditions, the Jewish and the Christian. In the Christian tradition, the leads face obstacles that keep them apart. In the Jewish tradition, the obstacles are the leads themselves.]]>
<![CDATA[Unlikely Friends - 'This is Martin Bonner' is quietly captivating ]]>
By: David Riedel
So this is Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhoorn), a quiet, unassuming Australian immigrant who’s been living in the U.S. for decades. In the movie that bears his name, he’s recently transplanted to Reno, Nev., for his first real job in three years.]]>
<![CDATA[And a-one, and a-two, and you’re dead! - 'Riddick' kills]]>
By: David Riedel
Riddick does what Riddick does best: Kill people. Killin’ ain’t your thing? It’s best to avoid Riddick, which earns its R rating.]]>
<![CDATA[Spoiler Alert: Eva Gets Deflowered - It’s all in the title The Deflowering of Eva van End ]]>
By: David Riedel
Now that I’ve seen and ruminated on The Deflowering of Eva van End, I’m still not entirely sure what I’ve seen.]]>
<![CDATA[Old Men and Young Women, Bien Sûr - Avoid the barftastic The Artist and the Model ]]>
By: David Riedel
Rant: It’s been three months since we suffered through Gilles Bourdos’ Renoir. Now we’re served Fernando Trueba’s The Artist and the Model. Let’s end the suspense: They’re the same movie, but awful for different reasons.]]>
<![CDATA[Wait. Now shoot. Now wait again. - ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ is derivative and dull]]>
By: David Riedel
Don’t be fooled by all the praise for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, writer-director David Lowery’s tone piece and homage to similar tone pieces. This tale of doomed criminals in love set in early 1970s Texas is devoid of new ideas, themes or a story.]]>
<![CDATA[Did High School Hurt This Much? - ‘The Spectacular Now’ is spectacular]]>
By: David Riedel
The Spectacular Now has been compared to John Hughes’ coming-of-age stories from the 1980s, but Hughes’ drama never went this deep, even at his best. Plus, the cast, especially leads Miles Teller (as Sutter) and Shailene Woodley (as Aimee), is better than any ensemble Hughes assembled.]]>
<![CDATA[How to steal jewels and influence people - ‘Smash & Grab’ presents an insider’s view of a heist]]>
By: David Riedel
One of the so-called Pink Panther jewel thieves was just arrested in the south of France, and look! Here’s a movie about the Pink Panthers, Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers. How timely!]]>
<![CDATA[Consider the Audience’s Ass Kicked - 'Kick-Ass 2' doesn’t quite work ]]>
By: David Riedel
Normally, the ins and outs of what makes it on screen from the source material—in this case, the revelation that Big Daddy is a psycho—don’t much matter.]]>