Archives for August 2012

Film: ‘Lawless’ (2012)

At its core, the Prohibition moonshine-and-brass-knuckles saga “Lawless” is a movie about three entrepreneurs. Not quite an instructional how-to business flick, but the Saturnian themes of persistence, survival and ends justifying the means are as rampant and hardcore here as the violence. The movie – based on a real-life family and set primarily in Franklin, […]

Film: ‘Premium Rush’ (2012)

If you propelled Mercury, ancient messenger of the gods, into the 21st century, there’s a good chance he’d be a bicycle courier. Because he served the deities, he’d have to ride really fast. And he’d probably be a lot like Wilee, the speed-demon messenger in “Premium Rush.” Mercury’s domain is commerce, transportation, communication, the mind, […]

Film: ‘ParaNorman’ (2012)

Norman Babcock, the 11-year-old hero in the stop-motion 3D animated feature “ParaNorman,” sees dead people. In addition to communing with the spirits of those who have passed on – he’s severely bullied and marginalized at school for his preoccupation – Norman has brand loyalty to Zombie-centric toothbrushes, posters and otherworldly paraphernalia. In other words, he’s […]

Film: ‘Compliance’ (2012)

Based on true events, Craig Zobel’s “Compliance” is a chilling exploration of fear, subservience to authority in the workplace and violations of personal boundary issues – three Saturnine themes that Zobel takes to a devastating conclusion. The setting is a Chickwich fast-food establishment that’s managed by Sandra (Ann Dowd). Sandra, a conscientious middle-aged supervisor, is […]

Film: ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ (2012)

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” written and directed and written by Peter Hedges,  gives new meaning to the expression “fresh produce direct from the garden.” Jim and Cindy Green (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner) have just learned they cannot have biological children. Overwhelmed by grief, they write a wish list of the child they […]

Film: ‘The Campaign’ (2012)

In the political comedy “The Campaign,” the end justifies the means. This is what happens when Saturn – the planet that typically loves to play ethically and by the rules – gets turned on its head. The bad guys in this movie, directed by Jay Roach, are the Motch brothers (Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow). […]

Fashion: Fringe

Whether you think of fringe as leather strips in freefall or suspended offshoots of fabric, wearing it is a tricky business. Fringe needs to move well. Avoid the stiff mass of fringe that evokes an upside down Mohawk. Go for fringe with a fearless Wild West Annie Oakley sensibility that darts with grace. Aries: Rams […]

Film: ‘Hope Springs’ (2012)

You know that the 31-year-old marriage of Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) in “Hope Springs” has truly ossified when couples therapist Dr. Feld (Steve Carell) tells them you first need to break the nose to fix a deviated septum. Saturn rules the bones and is all about protective armor – the hardness […]