Five Great Gus Van Sant Movies

Tomorrow, I get to travel to Portland — a city I’ve never been to, strangely enough — for fewer than 24 hours for work. Getting ready for this trip got me thinking about Gus Van Sant, who has set so many of his movies in his adopted hometown in the Pacific Northwest. So I went […]

On Gravity, All Is Lost and the Allure of Solitude

Is “All Is Lost” “Gravity” on a boat, or is “Gravity” “All Is Lost” in space? The proximity of the release of these two films — which surely will rank among the year’s best — offers an intriguing juxtaposition. Where would you rather be stranded: floating in the middle of nowhere in the stars, or […]

Five Most — Back to School Edition

My kid is finally going back to school tomorrow. Finally! I realize that your kids have been back for weeks at this point — at least that’s what all the cute pictures on Facebook tell me. Now, it’s my turn to send young Nic Lemire off to achieve academic greatness in junior kindergarten. In honor […]

Five Most — James Franco Performances

Last night was “The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco,” with comedians and friends including Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Sarah Silverman and Nick Kroll tooling on the actor for his eclectic filmography and for just being an odd dude in general. That got me thinking about my favorite Franco performances. Here are five of them, […]