An interesting yet uneven portrait of a man who has made it his life’s work to record natural sounds. Problem is, you want to champion him as a great man, but he’s something of a downer. (And a little inconsistent in his philosophy.) Still, worth checking out, if you are into this sort of...Read More
Month: November 2010
Worth watching just to see some outrageous sexism on display. This film posits that the best thing a woman could ever do is, basically, sacrifice herself to chastity and anonymity if it means her man gets to achieve great things. I know this was made during the war and Rosie the Riveter and all that. . .but this is a shocking piece of work. (And not particularly a good movie...Read More
The first two-thirds of this movie are absolutely fantastic – definitely the work of the man who gave us A Face In The Crowd. Then it kinda devolves into bland Law & Order territory (with a Paul Harvey ending to...Read More
There’s a tremendous amount of razzle dazzle here but you know what’s funny? Not much actually happens. Even when I was a kid I realized that when Michael Biehn says to Ripley “we can find her with THIS” the movie was a little bit of a...Read More
A more-interesting-than-you’d-think corporate congratulatory video. Any interview footage of Julius Schwartz is gladly...Read More
Makes the cast of the Baader-Meinhof Complex look like a bunch of wimps! There are a few things I find ceaselessly fascinating. One of them is radical groups of the 1970s, the other is Japanese subcultures. Put the two together and pow. This true story about the fringest of the fringe extreme groups is a really unique movie. It has a full 40 minute prologue setting up the history of leftist radicals in Japan. Then we see this group rise from the ashes of two different, fallen groups. They go up a mountain to train for full-out revolution through a series of “self-critiques” and things go APESHIT! Not only is this a fascinating historical film, it is a great document about group hysteria and mutual descent into madness. Really weird and really...Read More
Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.