THE ACCOUNTANT: Composer Mark Isham plays a unique set of action skills – Interview

THE ACCOUNTANT composer Mark Isham | ©2016 Mark Isham

  One might expect composer Mark Isham to have had a tender musical upbringing that resulted in a soft-spoken composer who carried a powerfully blown trumpet. No doubt he was given some very different life choices than Chris – a highly functioning autistic youth with a natural gift for math and an equally big bullying target on his back, one that makes his military dad train Chris and brother in the killer skills that mature a budding genius into “The Accountant’s” cross between Rain Man and The Punisher. Certainly one of the crazier Hollywood films to give socially challenged characters […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ACCOUNTANT

THE ACCOUNTANT movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart Writer: Bill Dubuque Director: Gavin O’Connor Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 14, 2016 The intentions behind THE ACCOUNTANT are broadly good. The filmmakers want to show the audience that people on the autism spectrum can be just as capable, if not more so, than neuro-typical (non-autistic) folks. There are certainly plenty of examples of autistic people who are extraordinarily gifted in fields like math and music. Rather than giving us another “very special” drama, director Gavin O’Connor, writer Bill Dubuque […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE AMERICANS creator Joe Weisberg on Season 1

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in THE AMERICANS - Season 1 | ©2013 FX/Frank Ockenfels

FX’s THE AMERICANS  has its first-season finale tonight, May 1 at 10 PM, but the series was already renewed for a second season by the time its second episode aired. The story begins in the early Eighties, at the beginning of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, played respectively by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, have been married almost fifteen years, have two kids and seem to be a thoroughly conventional suburban couple. They are in fact KGB spies for what was then theSoviet Union.Elizabeth is a true believer; Philip is having doubts. More urgently, although the marriage was […]Read On »

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Barry Levinson’s 1982 classic DINER screens at LACMA tonight at 7:30pm

DINER movie poster | ©1982 MGM/Warner Bros.

One of the most underrated 1980s comedies is DINER, the writer-directorial debut of Barry Levinson and tonight LACMA is sponsoring a special screening in Los Angeles tonight, December 1, at 7:30. You can purchase DINER tickets by clicking on the link. Rarely is there such a perfect first film, but Levinson nailed it with his 1982 classic set in 1959 Baltimore. Based on his own experiences, DINER stars Kevin Bacon, Timothy Daly, Mickey Rourke, Steve Guttenberg, Ellen Barkin, Paul Reiser and Daniel Stern in their first breakout roles. The film is essentially about a bunch of guys trying to grow […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WARRIOR

WARRIOR movie poster | ©2011 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo, Kevin Dunn Writers: Gavin O’Connor & Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorfman, story by Gavin O’Connor & Cliff Dorfman Director: Gavin O’Connor Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 9, 2011 A movie about two brothers who haven’t seen each other for years, the younger not speaking to the elder and both estranged from their father, who both wind up competing out of financial necessity in the same worldwide mixed martial arts worldwide championship match sounds like it’s going to have its share of clichés and melodrama. WARRIOR does in […]Read On »

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