Frank Barhydt

Frank Barhydt

Frank Barhydt Quick Links

Film RSS

Quintet Review


Terrible
Wow. If you've ever wanted proof that goiod filmmakers are capable of turning out junk from time to time, look no further than Quintet, Robert Altman's existentialist story about a game that the remaining survivors of an unspecified holocaust are forced to play. It's like Chinese Checkers, sort of, only it features real people who lose their lives when their piece is eliminated.

Alas, if you're expecting a taut thriller of who'll-survive-the-madness, think again. This is messy, roundabout filmmaking, full of cryptic dialogue, pregnant pauses, and symbolic imagery, all of which end up signifying absolutely nothing.

Continue reading: Quintet Review

Short Cuts Review


Good
While one could argue that Robert Altman's 1993 film Short Cuts was simply an updating of his 1975 classic Nashville, with a much higher quotient of star power and slightly more prurient subject matter - an attempt to keep the once iconic filmmaker from straying into the shadowy irrelevance like so many of his '70s peers - and while that argument could very well be true, that doesn't deprive Short Cuts of any of its power, or disprove the fact that it's ultimately a better film.

Spinning together a series of short stories from the master of the form, Raymond Carver, Altman takes some 20-odd Los Angelenos and twists their lives together seemingly just for the fun of how their individual little lives play out and connect up, like a puppetmaster who can't stop adding new puppets to his repertoire. To flesh out his tapestry of early '90s Southern California life, Altman has a fine batch of actors and actresses, including everyone from the best of their generation (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Downey Jr) to the solidly respectable but not terribly exciting choices (Julianne Moore, Matthew Modine, Madeleine Stowe) to oddly effective musician stunt casting (Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits, Huey Lewis) to one lordly presence (Jack Lemmon).

Continue reading: Short Cuts Review

Kansas City Review


Grim
Every time Robert Altman makes a movie, it becomes the thing to do for the Hollywood acting community. It happened with The Player. It happened with Short Cuts. It happened with Ready to Wear. And it happened with Kansas City.

The only problem is that The Player was the last of his films that was really all that great. While Kansas City marks a slight improvement over Ready to Wear, that ain't saying much because, after all, so does Showgirls.

Continue reading: Kansas City Review

Frank Barhydt

Frank Barhydt Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Suggested

Ricki And The Flash - Trailer

Ricki And The Flash - Trailer

Ricki and the Flash is a music comedy drama about the high price of a musician's pursuit of fame.

Netflix To Stream Keith Richards Documentary 'Under The Influence'

Netflix To Stream Keith Richards Documentary 'Under The Influence'

The new doc comes courtesy of '20 Feet From Stardom’ filmmaker Morgan Neville.

Gaz Coombes - Matador [Da Capo] Video

Gaz Coombes - Matador [Da Capo] Video

Gaz Coombes has reworked the title track from his latest solo album 'Matador' and is planned to be released as a limited edition EP on numbered and...

Advertisement
Chris Pine Joins 'Wonder Woman' Cast As Love Interest Steve Trevor

Chris Pine Joins 'Wonder Woman' Cast As Love Interest Steve Trevor

Pine will star opposite Gal Gadot in the upcoming Warner Bros. comic book movie.

Morning Television Gets Awkward For Cara Delevingne After Cringeworthy Interview

Morning Television Gets Awkward For Cara Delevingne After Cringeworthy Interview

The model turned actress was promoting her new movie ‘Paper Towns’ on the early morning talk show.

Sweet Baboo - You Got Me Time Keeping Video

Sweet Baboo - You Got Me Time Keeping Video

Sweet Baboo (aka Stephen Black) is set to release his fifth studio album The Boombox Ballads on August 14th through Moshi Moshi.

Advertisement