Dark Horse

Aug 7, 2012

This film can't even qualify as a dark horse.

Total Recall (2012)

Aug 7, 2012

Without Arnie, it's just a video game.

Ruby Sparks

Aug 7, 2012

A cautionary tale about getting what you want.

A vivid and ultimaely depressing documentary about greed on the corporate and family level.

Set in a high-tech yet shabby future, the remake of Total Recall is a fully realized piece of production design. But its script, credited to six authors, is more like a preliminary sketch.

Directed by Underworld franchise veteran Len Wiseman, the movie retains some elements of Paul Verhoeven's friskier (and more graphically violent) 1990 original. Yet it also makes lots of changes, notably by downplaying the brain-bending aspects of the scenario in favor of thought-free action. (Also, it never leaves a devastated Earth for Mars.)

Carolyn and John advise their audience not to watch The Watch.

Starring in the  Double Barrell Summer Western Series' McCabe and Mrs. Miller  at The Gateway Film Center, Warren Beatty embodies the best and worst of Hollywood.

Woodstock on a Rail in 'Festival Express'

Aug 1, 2012

In the summer of 1970, a train carrying Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Buddy Guy and Janis Joplin rolled from Toronto to Calgary, stopping for scheduled concerts along the way.

Billed as the Canadian Woodstock, The Festival Express was a musician's dream and a promoter's nightmare. The train was loaded with musical instruments, food, liquor -- and a film crew.

The Watch

Jul 30, 2012

Four boy-men guard their neighborhood from aliens.

Fresh Air Remembers Actress Lupe Ontiveros

Jul 30, 2012

Actress Lupe Ontiveros died Thursday of cancer at the age of 69. She was most famous for her role in the 1997 film Selena, but Ontiveros also acted with Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets, played a strict mother in the independent film Real Women Have Curves and had a recurring role in the television series Desperate Housewives.

The Deep Blue Sea

Jul 29, 2012

Desperate love with first-rate acting

The Deep Blue Sea

Grade: B

Director: Terence Davies (The House of Mirth)

Screenplay: Davies (From Terence Rattigan play)

Cast: Rachel Weisz (The Lovely Bones), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers)

Rating: R

Runtime: 98 min.

by John DeSando


“Love, that's all.”  (Hester responds to her husband when he asks her what happened.)

Cinema Classics
Cinema Classics

Cinema Classics Kickoff Party
Friday, August 03, 2012 
(6:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Gateway Film Center

Celebrate the launch of Cinema Classics with WCBE's own Johnny DiLoretto and John DeSando at 6 PM on Friday, August 3 before the premiere of DR. STRANGELOVE at 7 PM. Talk with John and Johnny about your favorite classic films while enjoying light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Bar tended by celebrity bartender & WCBE staff member, Jim Coe.

Acclaimed film director William Friedkin is perhaps best known for his 1971 film, The French Connection. He won an Oscar for directing the gritty tale of New York narcotics cop, Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle.

Friedkin went on to direct The Exorcist, and his latest film is Bug, starring Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr.

But a few years ago, he took up another art form: opera.

Although Friedkin, 71, had listened to plenty of opera, he says he had never been to one — until his friend, the conductor Zubin Mehta, suggested that he try directing one.

The savings are never passed on to the consumer, but a little product placement has become standard practice for Hollywood movies — a pizza box here or a conspicuously angled soda can there, and few take notice. But product integration is another matter: If a movie has been explicitly designed to accommodate a sponsor, it's worse than just a commercial movie. It's a movie commercial.

Amid the slapstick comedies, sequels and superhero movies that have come to define summer moviegoing, two films opening today center on disturbed and disturbing romantic ties. Ruby Sparks and Killer Joe aren't fantasy or horror pictures, but they're within screaming distance — close enough to remind you how much deeper artists go when they barrel past realism into weirder areas of the psyche.

Step Up Revolution

Jul 27, 2012

Energetic dance sequences tell a story of youthful rebellion against business development in Miami.

Two movies with talented young people striving to perform magic and dance.

At His Zenith, An Unlikely Rock Star Bows Out

Jul 24, 2012

"This is our last song." You've probably heard words to that effect any number of times at concerts over the years, but when James Murphy said them on April 2, 2011, from the stage at Madison Square Garden, it was a little different.

This wasn't the last song before the encore. It wasn't the last song of the night, or the last song of the tour. This was to be the last song, period, that Murphy's band — the danceable indie-rock outfit LCD Soundsystem — would play together. Ever.

Films reviewed: The Dark Knight Rises.

The trilogy's third edition has John and Carolyn divided in their grades but of one mind about its super acting.


Make Believe

Jul 21, 2012

An informative  documentary about competition for Teen World Champion of magic.