This ambitious biopic is a valuable reminder that the films in this genre need not be formulaic or grandiose. In fact, they are at their most appealing when they channel the idiosyncrasy and mystery of their subjects.
Ethan Hawke’s goal as an artist is to connect meaningfully with the world — avoiding artifice is essential in terms of his acting, directing, and writing.
This time around, as both a writer and director, Paul Schrader has a found a story, and the artistic restraint, to convey his elevated vision.
The real advantage Born To Be Blue has over Miles Ahead is that it uses the music as a way to get into the soul of its title character.
“Before Midnight” doesn’t go where you think it will, nor does it end quite the way you might imagine, but the highs and lows of this one memorable night evoke the disquiet and soberness that comes with becoming an adult.
By planning ahead, and purchasing one flexpass, I was able to see a trio of plays in New York during a single weekend for well under $200 — a bargain price for world-class theater productions.
It should be pointed out that in London it is possible to see more shows in a limited time than one can do in the United States. Why? Because it has long been the sensible practice to stagger weekday matinees. By Caldwell Titcomb Shakespeare first, of course. The British quite rightly never tire of “Hamlet.” […]