Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Love & Mercy’ (2015)

For some artists, inspiration comes in disparate pieces that get magically assembled into a riveting whole. Brian Wilson, the musical genius behind The Beach Boys, welcomed and embraced those random, other-realm visitations. It was the broken pieces of his life he couldn’t glue back together. Directed by Bill Pohlad, the biopic Love & Mercy jumps back […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘Grand Piano’ (2014)

A person whose promising career is suddenly sidelined invariably winds up wallowing in self-doubt and embracing cautionary, risk-free measures. In Grand Piano, directed by Eugenio Mira, Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) knows that feeling well. A young pianist, who once enjoyed the reputation of having the fastest fingers in the business, Tom’s been immobilized on a […]