Shit sandwich. Im sure the Danes were watching indie films like this when they realized they had to invent Dogme 95.Read More
Youd think a movie about a remote childrens hospital fleeing an erupting volcano would be exciting, wouldnt you? Theres a lot of preaching, literally, in this alleged adventure picture. How Frank Sinatra wound up in the South Seas Id still like to know. The Michener-esque prologue presents some mildly interesting characters but that movie gets forgotten 30 minutes...Read More
Terrific. This simple, nearly predictable story is made mesmerizing through great performances, dialogue, tricky intercutting and tone. The ending had me cheering not in a “Rocky” way, but in a victory for humble aesthetics. Movies on religious themes are hard to make work. Movies about domestic violence are hard to make work. Movies based on plays are hard to make work. Nelson slammed this out of the...Read More
Part Hitchcock “Wrong Man” suspense picture, part-“Mad Max.” Unfortunately, the transitions between the two are quite jarring, making the whole movie, for me, preposterous. Fun beginning, though.Read More
“Portrait of a Bullshit Artist as a Young Man.” Everybody loves this movie but me. I thought it slightly-better-than-OK. The performances were good and some of the sequences nice and tense, but it just didnt hit me too much on a gut level. I recommend it for people who used to read Inside.com. PS I am now officially suffering from Chloe Sevigny...Read More
What struck my in 94, and hit me again this time, is just how inspiring this movie is. This is as loving a portrait of and individual fighting the Man as any Jack Nicholson picture from the 70s. But heres whats amazing: it does not totally reject taking cheap shots at Woods lack-of-professionalism and transvestism. It is a funny, moving, exciting and left Ann and I filled with that warm glow only the best of movies leave you with. You dont have tove seen Woods pictures to love this movie, but it helps. “Lets shoot this...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.