Upsetting the hoary clichés about the gentle mentor who turns young musicians into true artists, Whiplash is a stunning drama about high-stakes competition that feels more like a sports film than a musical one.
How does a parent deal with the death of a child? Rudderless, the name of William H. Macy’s first directorial effort as well as the band that begins to rise to recognition in the film, is truly about the emotion that fills its lead character, Sam, as he deals with his personal grief. The film features a brilliant performance by Billy Crudup as Sam, a man who has lost his path after his son dies in a campus mass slaying.
It’s a surprise to see a tough Second World War battlefield film like Fury pop up in mainstream cinemas, starring Brad Pitt of all people. Zoomers will fondly recall a time when movie theatres regularly showed big budget World War Two films but that era has long since passed.
We’re living in a time of degrading entertainment shows that manufacture celebrities out of those unfortunate enough to have their private lives exposed to the media. At least in America, the recession of 2008 hit hard and it’s no surprise that a lowlife hangout in Gone Girl is set in a decaying abandoned shopping mall.