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Film, "Young and Beautiful": The Budding Sexuality of France, for Sale

"Young and Beautiful": The Budding Sexuality of France, for Sale

Ah, the French! Shamelessly marketed as an "erotic tale of sexual awakening," François Ozon's Young and Beautiful tracks four seasons in the life of lithesome 17-year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth, whose mastery of Scarlett Johansson's doe-eyed blankness probably won't hurt her…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Under the Skin</i> Director Jonathan Glazer on Hidden-Camera Sociology, Circling Scarlett Johansson, and How Humanity Is Like a Virus

Under the Skin Director Jonathan Glazer on Hidden-Camera Sociology, Circling Scarlett Johansson, and How Humanity Is Like a Virus

In some ways, Jonathan Glazer's new film Under the Skin is quite straightforward. It involves Scarlett Johansson, an alien, cruising around Glasgow in a little white van, picking up men. In other ways it's less straightforward: You should see…
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Film, "Her": Joaquin Phoenix Falls in Love With His Machine

"Her": Joaquin Phoenix Falls in Love With His Machine

This arty, wispy tale of the fraught near-future affair between a sensitive white man and his newly sentient operating system will not be for everyone, but everyone will have to hear about it nonetheless. Is it not, therefore, the movie…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist We Have a Few Questions for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Director of <i>Don Jon</i>

We Have a Few Questions for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Director of Don Jon

He's into porn! She's into rom-coms! Together, they're like chocolate and peanut butter -- unless they're like oil and water! Find out in Don Jon, a new movie written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars, with Scarlett Johansson,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pearl of Wisdom

Pearl of Wisdom

The girl in Johannes Vermeer’s painting Girl with a Pearl Earring has inspired a best-selling historical novel, a play, and a movie starring Scarlett Johannson. Now you too have the rare opportunity to view the famous “Dutch Mona Lisa” in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Hitchcock Gets the Film Treatment

Video of the Day: Hitchcock Gets the Film Treatment

By Karina Longworth Early in Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins with a sack of fat connecting chin to neck) walks the red carpet at the premiere of his 1959 chase film, North by Northwest. "You're 60 years…
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Calendar, Night&Day Get Hitched

Get Hitched

Early in Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins with a sack of fat connecting chin to neck) walks the red carpet at the premiere of his 1959 chase film, North by Northwest. “You’re 60 years old!” shouts a…
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Film, "The Avengers": Superheroes Need Rescue From Predictability

"The Avengers": Superheroes Need Rescue From Predictability

At the start of the Marvel superhero supergroup flick, the Tesseract — a powerful glowing cube that fell to the ocean floor after Captain America (Chris Evans) liberated it from the Nazis in his movie last summer — is captured…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Not Everyone Is Jumping on the Nude Pic Bandwagon

Not Everyone Is Jumping on the Nude Pic Bandwagon

This guy I'm casually seeing -- he doesn't even live in the same state -- asked me to send him a dirty picture via text. I was reluctant at first, but after some hemming and hawing, I sent him a…
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Film, Mighty Aphrodites

Mighty Aphrodites

Perhaps this review should begin with a disclaimer: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen's 39th film as writer-director, will do little to endear itself to the happily-ever-after crowd or those who consider acts of infidelity punishable by impeachment. Leave it to…
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Music, Reviewed Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Doing justice to an artist with the gravitas of Tom Waits is a challenge for any singer, much less a 23-year-old actress making her musical debut. But that's exactly what Scarlett Johansson and her hip rock cohorts attempt on Anywhere…
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Film, Sister Act

Sister Act

"When you sleep with the king, it ceases to be a private matter." And so it comes to pass that young Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson) must stand before her father, Sir Thomas (Mark Rylance), and her uncle, the Duke of…
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Music, All Shook Down Scarlett Johansson Covering Tom Waits???

Scarlett Johansson Covering Tom Waits???

I know this has been in the works for a while now, but how does this shit happen? Just because you acted for Sophia Coppola and fooled around with J. Timberlake doesn't give you cred to cover Tom Waits. Enough…
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Music, Bouncer

The black and white came and crushed my groove (again)

Let's talk about one of the Seven Deadly Sins: envy. There are a lot of people who I envy, not so much for who they are but for what they have. For example, while others might want to be someone…
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Film, Mild Wilde

Mild Wilde

A Good Woman, Mike Barker's adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play Lady Windermere's Fan, has been gathering dust for some time. It played the Toronto Film Festival in the fall of 2004 before opening in 2005 in every country in…
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Film, Double Fault

Double Fault

The critical consensus has Match Point as Woody Allen's finest film since ... oh, let's see ... Bullets Over Broadway, is it? Or perhaps Deconstructing Harry? Or maybe Sweet and Lowdown? One forgets where the good stuff left off, because…
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Film, Send in the Clones

Send in the Clones

It should come as no surprise that the hero and heroine of the new Michael Bay action extravaganza are clones. Exact copies of other people. You don't get to be a Hollywood hitmeister like Bay -- 200 Zillion Tickets Sold!…
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Music, Reviewed Saint Etienne

Saint Etienne

Saint Etienne is a very pretty concept -- and 15 years of a pretty concept makes for a lovely best-of album. Travel Edition is a smorgasbord of the group's vintage-y, glistening vocals, dewy, muted synths, and vanilla dance beats, with…
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Dining, Eat Cinema Synergy

Cinema Synergy

The standard calendar may identify January as the beginning of the year, but on mine it's always been September, and not just because it meant the purchase of new clothes and school supplies or the reintroduction of schedules and order…
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Film, American Without Tears

American Without Tears

"I never saw her first step," laments the transplanted Margit (Nastassja Kinski) to her ambitious husband, Peter (Tony Goldwyn), regarding the infant daughter they left behind in Hungary during their perilous escape from the Stalin regime. That daughter -- called…
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