james feinberg

Star Trek (Nayeon Woo)

space oddity

at the movies: Thor: Ragnarok

Plenty of Marvel movies have dealt in the art of the quip, but Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok is only the second to effectively weaponize irony. The first was James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), in which a newly buff Chris Pratt stood out in front of the action, mugging for the camera like Jim…

Somewhere That’s Green

Reflections on Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors

  As a musical, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s 1982 Little Shop of Horrors is near flawless. Infused with a spirit of anarchic, savage irony, and drawn from Roger Corman’s original 1960 film, it fires on all cylinders primarily because of its perfect score: an early-’60s blend of doo-wop, bubble-gum pop, and rock-and-roll. The original…

Family Matters

At the movies: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Noah Baumbach’s latest, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), which dropped October 13th on Netflix, will certainly stand the test of time as the only film by a major American director to feature an Academy Award-winning actor (in this case, Dustin Hoffman) watching the 2014 Cameron Diaz/Jason Segel vehicle Sex Tape. Whether it is otherwise…

Blade Runner (Lisa Fasol)

Don’t Call It a Comeback

At the movies: Battle of the Sexes and Blade Runner 2049

Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s new film, Battle of the Sexes, is a fascinating anomaly. It’s a tennis movie not all that interested in sports, a feminist allegory not all that interested in society, and a historical drama about events it seems to argue could’ve happened last week. What it is, primarily, is easy to…

Survivors

At the movies: Stronger

Let’s just get this out of the way first: David Gordon Green’s new film Stronger is an inspirational drama. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a Jeff Bauman, a working-class Bostonian who loses his legs in the Boston marathon bombing in 2013. His mother (Miranda Richardson) is overbearing. His family is loud. His on-and-off girlfriend (Tatiana Maslany) is…