Life of Pi

Early on Life of Pi makes the bold, and if you think about it rather arrogant, claim it is a story that will make you believe in God. Yet once it’s over, it has almost the opposite effect and will likely leave any rational filmgoer more confused than anything. Certainly, I don’t see it being … More Life of Pi

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Silver Linings Playbook

No matter how hard one might resist, it’s nearly impossible not to fall head over heels for Silver Linings Playbook, the most charming film about mental illness you’re likely to come across. In dealing with such a tricky and sensitive subject matter, it balances the line between comedy and drama, never fully committing to one … More Silver Linings Playbook

Lincoln

Centering on arguably the most beloved figure in American history is no easy task, even for the most celebrated director of our time, Steven Spielberg. To his credit, he wisely enlists the esteemed Daniel Day-Lewis as his collaborator to bring the larger-than-life Abraham Lincoln to life, and on that front the results are nothing short … More Lincoln

Skyfall

Skyfall is not only the strongest installment in James Bond’s storied 50-year history, it’s also one of the finest films of 2012. I’ve been saying for years the best way to take a franchise to the next level is to get Oscar-caliber talent involved, and Skyfall fits that bill to a T. Sam Mendes, who … More Skyfall

Flight

Flight is a tricky film to pinpoint, because it’s both better than you would think and yet not as good as it should have been at the same time. The real reason it works at all is due to the greatness of Denzel Washington. Flight is one of his strongest performances of the past decade, … More Flight

Nathan Johnson

Composer Nathan Johnson talks about creating the score for “Looper,” his nontraditional approach to recording and arranging instruments, his musical background, and working with his cousin, director Rian Johnson. … More Nathan Johnson

Imagine Dragons

Lead singer Dan Reynolds talks about assembling the band’s first full-length “Night Visions,” how much Imagine Dragons has progressed in its short life span so far, and finding inspiration in dreams and personal demons. … More Imagine Dragons

Anchor & Braille

Stephen Christian talks about the fragmented process of making “The Quiet Life,” getting back to a family vibe with Anchor & Braille, the instability of being a musician, and what to expect on Anberlin’s upcoming album, “Vital.” … More Anchor & Braille

Linkin Park

Mike Shinoda discusses the detailed process behind “Living Things,” building songs out of Legos, and bridging the gap between the old and new styles of the band. … More Linkin Park