Few films have ever matched the absolute irrational realism that Joel and Ethan Coen’s film “Fargo” reached in 1996. The off-kilter Academy Award-winning film so delicately treaded the line between absurd comedy and honest human interaction to create one of the greatest films of all time. So, to take this world and humor the Coens so adeptly put together and transfer it to television was an exciting prospect.
HBO’s new comedy series “Silicon Valley” had two things in its favor: its concept and Mike Judge. In this age where being on the bleeding edge is necessary to be successful, a look at a group of young programmers trying to make it big in Silicon Valley is something that begs attention.
It was hard to avoid hearing about Darren Aronofsky’s epic based on the biblical story of Noah and the Ark, aptly titled “Noah.” The film has been shrouded in controversy ever since the film was announced, due to tension between Aronofsky and Paramount studios over the final cut of the film and allegations from the Christian community that the film was attempting to give a “Hollywood take” of a biblical story.
"House of Cards," which stars Kevin Spacey as Vice President Francis Underwood, follows the under dealings in Washington politics. However, in this Washington, anything goes. For the writers, who based the series off the BBC miniseries of the same name, anything goes as well.
“Inside Llewyn Davis” is one of the finest films of the year. That is a plain and simple fact. I can write about how honest the characters are, how well constructed the mood is or how mind-blowing the performances are, but that would be extraneous.
David O. Russell has proved himself to be a competent director with films like “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” but with his latest Oscar contender, “American Hustle,” he has proved that there is a method to his madness.
“About Time” is in an interesting position. It is essentially the victim of its own marketing campaign. The film is heavily marketed as a romantic comedy, and while a portion of the film focuses on a relationship, it only amounts to about 30 minutes of the two-hour movie.