Well, it’s been a while (once again) since I’ve written about this season of Boardwalk but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching (once again). Last week we saw Nucky in a way we have never seen him before, severly concussed. Not only was he in a terrible state of mind from his injuries, but he is still coping with the fact that Lillian is now dead and he is alone. No one is supporting him in his attack against Joe Masseria and now those closest to him are also planning to leave him. Time, and hope, are dwindling for Nucky and moves will have to be made soon in order to maintain not only his status and fortune, but his survival as well. [Read more...]
Alan: Seven Psychopath’s brings up the question, “Who here is really sane?” Yeah, sure we might think that we’re completely normal human beings…but deep down, I think it’s safe to say that we are all just a little bit unhinged. We all have some thoughts that might seem crazy to some people, and to an extent that’s what Seven Psychopaths does best, let’s all of the crazy out. [Read more...]
It’s pretty hard to follow up a fantastic premiere, and Boardwalk Empire seemed to have that exact problem. This week’s episode wasn’t bad by any means, but it just didn’t deliver in the same way the premiere was able to. That being said, the problems are beginning to pile up for Nucky thanks to Gyp Rosetti making his delivery to Al Rothstein impossible. [Read more...]
The third season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, started off with a bang…or better yet a whack. Several whacks to be exact, Gyp Rossetti. Gyp, from New York, and Dean O’Banion from Chicago, are two new mobsters we have already been introduced to this season, and based on the premiere alone this season practically guarantees to deliver drama and excitement equal to its predecessors. [Read more...]
After watching last nights episode of Boardwalk Empire I was left with the feeling that the show would finally become a one protagonist series as opposed to the two protagonists, who have been fighting for supremacy over one another for as long as this show has been on the air. Nucky’s reign has come to an end. The legal pressure he is under as well as the threat on his life from last weeks episode seem to have gotten the better of him. He has decided that he has had enough. He is stepping down from his position as treasurer and in turn relinquishing his thrown to Jimmy. Nucky has decided that all he wants out of life is to help Margaret Schroeder raise her two children and the last place he wants to do that, is Atlantic City. He still has something up his sleeve though, and he plans to use his connections in Ireland to accomplish whatever goal he has in mind. Something involving the surplus guns he discovered perhaps, I guess we’ll have to wait and see. [Read more...]
First things first, if you haven’t seen A Serious Man, I would recommend watching it before reading this. If you don’t follow my advice, don’t get mad at me when I tell you that Bruce Willis was a ghost…I’ve said too much…
After I finished watching A Serious Man last year, I was stunned. It was late, I was tired, and although I enjoyed the film I was too confused by the ending and the lack of a resolution to form an opinion. I drove home in a daze and went to sleep not thinking about the film. Then something happened to me which I had never experienced before. I woke up in the middle of the night, and I had pieced everything together. Suddenly the ending made sense and the film had purpose. I am a secular ‘Goy’ but I still don’t know how it took me so long to see that A Serious Man was a retelling of the story of Job.
The Coen brothers annual entry, A Serious Man, is their oddest film since Barton Fink and for all the thought provoking twists and turns that may befuddle, it remains a funny and often hilariously sad portrait of a man trying to find himself.
Setting you up for something different from the get go, we dive into a scene between a European Jewish wife and her husband, presumably sometime one to two hundred years before the films setting of 1967, as the bicker over a chance encounter the husband had with a man that has been presumed dead for sometime by the wife. Jump ahead to our main characters, Larry Gopnik and Danny Gopnik, inter-cutting between a pair of events that fill come full circle and not without consequence. The film from here follows Larry primarily with diversions into Danny’s life in the final days leading up to his bar mitzvah. What entails though is a strange, random, yet lightly intertwined series of events filled with black humor and many an existential consequence.
The direction and writing from the Coen brothers is as sharp as ever as this very different film would clearly come undone in less skillful hands. [Read more...]