Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

Now and Then

  • Thompson on Hollywood
    1 comment
    tweet
    5

    Now and Then: 'Decoding Deepak,' or What the Bleep Does He Know?

    Early in "Decoding Deepak," the titular spiritualist and his filmmaker son float languidly over Thailand's Chao Phraya river delta, on their way to the former's ordination as a Buddhist monk. "Don't try to make sense of it, just roll the cameras and try to keep up," the director sighs. Mission accom...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    7

    Now and Then: 'Looper' and the Future of Sci Fi

    Deep into "Looper" we meet Sara (Emily Blunt), a young mother and cane farmer in the year 2044. The moment, for science fiction, is riskily quiet — in the first blush of dusk she mimes lighting a cigarette, taking a slow drag on imagined bliss. It's also, for all the film's nodding at the genre's pa...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    5 comments
    tweet
    10

    Now and Then: 'The Master' and Paul Thomas Anderson's American Quadrilogy

    "The Master" is challenging, gorgeous, and forcefully weird, a critical darling and early Oscar contender, but you already knew that. It's also the fourth film in a great, daring, ambitious project to depict the shadow side of our national life over the course of a century — what might be called Pau...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    3

    Now and Then: In 'Chico & Rita' and 'Nobody Walks,' The Sound of Heartache

    Early in "Chico & Rita," under the shimmer of the Tropicana's spotlight, Rita rummages through the lower octaves of attraction. Smitten, Chico gapes from the bar, dragging on a cigarette. Humid with sound, the scene has the texture of live action, its every wrinkle and wink. A movie song hasn't conv...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    8

    Now and Then: NBC's Big Miss, 'The New Normal,' Could Learn a Thing or Two from 'Sleepwalk With Me'

    I look forward to each fall's slate of network comedies with roughly the same relish as I do a dental procedure. There are exceptions — "Modern Family" and "30 Rock," though they've struggled to stay fresh, started strong — but episodic comedy is hard to get right. Which is why I was surprised to fi...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    1 comment
    tweet
    3

    Now and Then: The Evacuee's Guide to Movies

    Living in New Orleans sometimes means leaving it. That's why, with Hurricane Isaac bearing down on the city, I hit the highway last Monday for an extended Florida sojourn. And since a film buff's road trip is nothing without a screening schedule, here's a handy guide to movies for your next evacuati...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    1 comment
    tweet
    9

    Now and Then: For the Love of 'Bernie' and Jack Black

    "Bernie" wears as many hats as a Texas cowboy. Somehow, and simultaneously, Richard Linklater's latest is a genuinely surprising confidence game, a homey slice of Southern life, and an eccentric black comedy of small-town manners. The most apt description is far simpler, though: "Bernie" is one of t...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    6

    Now and Then: Waiting for Julie Delpy

    Full disclosure: I'm a little bit in love with Julie Delpy, sometimes unaccountably so. She's neurotic, fretful, and sharp-tongued, a femme fatale with a French accent and Woody Allen specs. Her first film as a director was a mess. And yet she keeps growing on me, a habit I just can't seem to break....

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    6 comments
    tweet
    15

    Now and Then: The Best of the Year So Far

    The dog days of summer are here, and for moviegoers that usually means an August lull between tentpole extravaganzas and festival fodder, a chance to reflect on the year so far...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    11

    Now and Then: Raunchy 'Klown' and the Problem with Sex Comedies

    Frank (Frank Hvam), the hapless protagonist of the funny but disappointingly diagrammatic Danish film "Klown," musters only one nugget of wisdom for his 12-year-old charge, Bo (Marcuz Jess Petersen). It's sage advice from a professional man-child to a burgeoning one: "When grown-ups are horny, they ...

    Read More »

Recent Posts


  • 10 African Diaspora Films That May Premiere ...Shadow and Act
  • The Final MemberWatch: 'The Final Member' Goes Below ...The Playlist
  • Mid-Week Dance Party: 8 Great Songs .../Bent