Biography

A remarkable film.
David: This is the finest biography of a troubled artist since Jane Campion's An Angel at My Table: a mature, intelligent and profoundly moving human drama of genius, loss, and ultimate redemption. ★★★★★...
A modest milestone.
If nothing else, Selma has a sense of irony. Still, it’s an irony that’s airtight and writ large. In theory at least, it’s a way of saying, ‘Hey folks, we see the big picture and we won’t let it get away’. Selma, in a way, is a reminder of a sour...
Complex figure hits home for Clint.
Michael Herr was a minor film critic when he went to Vietnam to cover the war there in 1967 for Esquire. He dug in deep. In 1977, he published Dispatches, a collection of his reportage. On the back of my battered, much-read paperback of it is...
A simple account of a complicated life.
Going the distance is the classic American movie maxim. To endure is to conquer. It makes winners out of the defeated. It leaves tormentors confused, cloaked in shame, and wondering how their victims can cling to hope when it seems to make more...
Story of a complex character breaks its own code.
Hays era-Hollywood often used code, treating audiences like co-conspirators who knew what was going on, even when they didn’t. The way certain characters held their cigarettes; The occasional lisper; A fey lick on the soundtrack’s piano; A...