Politi-Flix

How to train your stay puff man

Big Hero 6
An animated film starring the voices of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henny, James Cromwell; directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams

If you’ve seen How to Train Your Dragon (and its sequel), you’ve seen this one as they both have the following:

Young man, who is scrawny and nerdy and about 8-11 years old, is the lead character.

Young man lead character endures estrangement from family.

Space-time incoherence

Interstellar

Starring Matthew McConaughey,
Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain,
Michael Caine;
directed by Christopher Nolan

Cinematic (a)musing

Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis;
directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Whiplash
Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist;
directed by Damien Chazelle

I saw these films together and so will review them together. But I’m having a hard time deciding which one to review first, or even which one I liked better. I just can’t seem to get started.

Simian cinema

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell; directed by
Matt Reeves

This week’s review is written by Caesar, an ape critic who can amazingly utter rudimentary English (as opposed to French, or Portuguese, or Swahili) with some helpful translation:

Cinematic cosmic zoom

Boyhood
Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater; directed by Richard Linklater

Lucy
Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked; directed by Luc Besson

The reflective evolutionary timeline of Boyhood and Lucy:

Cine itself

Life Itself

A documentary about the life, and death, of film critic Roger Ebert; directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams).

No money influenced this column’s opinions (wink, wink)

Citizen Koch

A documentary about the influence of the Koch brothers’ money on politics during the emergence of the tea party movement with special attention on the Citizens United decision and the labor union dispute in Wisconsin under Governor Scott Walker; directed by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin.

How to write about 22 sequels

22 Jump Street
Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens; directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Djimon Hounsou, America Ferrera; directed by Dean DeBlois

First, well duh, mention that these are in fact sequels. That’s right, when a movie becomes a hit, it must be replicated, which means that the writing about it must be replicated as well.

In the Cannes “can do” candidate catalogue

In addition to the piles of material designed to attract the attention of investors, distributors and critics about the multitude of films available at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (at the market and the awards competition) was an eye-catching little instruction manual.

Skin tingling skin crawler

Under the Skin


Starring Scarlett Johansson; directed by Jonathan Glazer

I saw this strange movie the other night.

Strange and yet hypnotically alluring.

It was spare and not much happened.

Actually, more happens than appears on the surface.

Or, I should say, some blasé things happened and then some baffling things happened.