Latest Lifestyle

Latest from Lifestyle

November 16, 2018

Thanksgiving Made Healthy

by Connor Coman
November 16, 2018

Ask AC - Family Holiday Harmony

by Ask AC
November 12, 2018

Geometric Design is More Than You Might Think

by Christopher Porikos
November 09, 2018

Gyming While Fat

by Cassandra Appleby
November 07, 2018

Yard Laziness Syndrome

by Bethany Wilson
November 06, 2018

4 Must-Have Apps for Pet Parents

by Hilary Bird
November 05, 2018

Your Angel Card Reading for November

by Annmari Love
November 01, 2018

Free Monthly Horoscopes - November 2018

by Maya White
October 31, 2018

Pre-workout Coffee

by Connor Coman
October 25, 2018

Hiking "The Mighty Five" National Parks in Utah

by Jack Witt
October 15, 2018

Save Now or Save Later?

by Lillian Appleby
October 12, 2018

Ask AC -Domestic Abuse

by NoHo - North Hollywood
October 11, 2018

How to matter to your dog...be relevant

by Bethany Wilson
October 10, 2018

Interior Design - How to decorate with one color

by Christopher Porikos
October 08, 2018

How You Can Help Your Fat Friend Lose Weight

by Cassandra Appleby
October 04, 2018

Free Angel Card Reading October

by Annmari Love
October 01, 2018

Free Monthly Horoscopes - October 2018

by Maya White
September 27, 2018

The Dangers of Alcohol

by Connor Coman

Review of Blade Runner 2049; Battle of the Sexes

Published in Movie Reviews

Just in Time for Oscar: Neglected Founder, a Late Arrival, Serious Moonlight, Not Quite Fantastic…and Why I’m Not Completely Gaga over La La (Warning: Spoilers in La La Land) 

Published in Movie Reviews

The Nice Guys; Money Monster

Published in Movie Reviews
Published in Movie Reviews

Contagion
It could be the end of the world as we know it as Gynneth Paltrow has the misfortune to be "patient zero" in Steven Soderbergh's earnest, intense all-star thriller Contagion. Poor Paltrow spends but a few minutes onscreen, having returned from China to the U.S, (by way of a quick illicit rest stop in Chicago), and succumbing to a mysterious virus that she may well have brought over. Paltrow's grieving (and immune) husband Matt Damon tries to protect his surviving daughter from infection while health official Lawrence Fishburne uses his expertise (and extensive staff) to try to come up with a vaccine. In the meantime, scientist Kate Winslet looks for answers stateside while Marion Cotillard 's WHO investigator looks to China, and the fate of the world might just fall to two dedicated doctors, Jennifer Ehle-and Elliott Gould. Lest you think that this worldwide outbreak only inspires acts of altruism, there are disturbing passages of mankind running amok in scenes of looting, home invasions and killings. Soderbergh presents these episodes with a degree of restraint, but it's no holds barred in the graphic depiction of the effects of the virus (only beginning with Ms. Paltrow). In addition, Jude Law is on hand as an unscrupulous blogger who uses the outbreak as a chance to promote himself -and some dangerous conspiracy theories. The movie's solemn, almost clinical tone gains emotional impact as it goes on, and all the actors do convincing work; however some key players disappear from the proceedings in a not so credible manner (and I don't mean by dying), while some plot developments are dropped abruptly. In spite of this, Contagion is worth the trip-just don't forget the hand wipes.

DRIVE
If you crossed Michael Mann's 80's crime films with the French New Wave cinema, and then tossed in some Sergio Leone references and soaked them all in a Sam Pechinpah-style bloodbath, you'll have something resembling Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive, a somewhat unconventional thriller with its roots in well-known (primarily Hollywood) conventions. Ryan Gosling is a Hollywood stunt driver-- and occasional getaway driver-- with no name: steely, calm, taciturn, with a disarming smile he trots out on occasion, especially in the company of innocent neighbor Carey Mulligan and her young son. When his boss Bryan Cranston introduces Gosling to a shady ex-producer (Albert Brooks) with money to invest, the future seems momentarily bright. But as we're in the land of film noir, the inevitable complications arise in the form of Mulligan's ex-con husband, a heist gone awry, double crosses and some mighty bloody (and I do mean bloody) confrontations with some very dangerous characters. While the movie's plot outline may not hold many surprises, there are many pleasures to be had throughout: the car chase sequences work on a visceral level; Gosling and Mulligan make an appealing pair; Christina Hendricks is fine as a calculating moll while Ron Perlman is an imposing presence as a gangster with hidden interests. However, when all is said and done, Albert Brooks steals the show. He plays the role of an ex-producer turned murderous gangster as if he were waiting for this part all his life. In the movie's early sections, he displays hints of menace, along with the usual witty displays of Brooksian neurosis that is a hallmark of his own work. He makes this shady character likable, believable, and very dangerous, up until-and way past---the moment when he uses his fork for something other than to twirl spaghetti.

Published in Archived Movie Reviews

Do you have an event, video or news to share?  Drop us an email and you may see it on NoHoArtsDistrict.com