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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Silicon Valley</i>'s Matt Ross finds balance in Captain Fantastic, Hollywood and Life

Silicon Valley's Matt Ross finds balance in Captain Fantastic, Hollywood and Life

In Captain Fantastic, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) has a crisis of confidence about his parenting style.  The offbeat patriarch, once so gung-ho about raising his brood off the grid, far from the consumerism and technology that he was force-fed, begins to rethink…
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Film, <i>The Road</i> takes the path of least resistance

The Road takes the path of least resistance

The Road, Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize–winning, Oprah-endorsed postapocalyptic survivalist prose poem — in which a father and his 10-year-old son traverse a despoiled landscape of unspeakable horror — was a quick, lacerating read. John Hillcoat's literal adaptation, which arrives one…
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Calendar, Night&Day X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

Someone, please make a movie based on Exene Cervenka’s life. The protagonist (played by whoever the next pre-diet Christina Ricci is) flees Florida, invents punk rock, counts among her conquests Viggo Mortensen and John Doe, becomes a fashion icon, invents…
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Calendar, Night&Day Russian Ink

Russian Ink

Brooklyn-based author Alix Lambert’s book The Silencing investigates six murdered Russian journalists, juxtaposing photos of the murder sites with interviews with people who knew them. The result is a series of intimate portraits that are all the more haunting because…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Appaloosa</i>

Appaloosa

Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his sidekick Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) are the new marshal and deputy facing down a posse of bad guys in Appaloosa, New Mexico, circa 1882, in Harris's latest directorial effort. Appaloosa has the shifting boundaries…
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Calendar, Night&Day Reel Men

Reel Men

Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his sidekick Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) are the new marshal and deputy facing down a posse of bad guys in Appaloosa, New Mexico, circa 1882, in Harris’s latest directorial effort. Appaloosa has the shifting boundaries…
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Film, Old West

Old West

Course he's willing to die. You think we do this kinda work 'cause we're scared to die?" So speaks Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) about his sidekick Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen), as the two stare down a posse of bad guys…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Black Russian

Black Russian

Eastern Promises (Universal) David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen are becoming a Bizarro World Alfred Hitchcock/Cary Grant combo, and the world is a better (and bloodier) place for it. Chucklehead critics too smitten by Cronenberg's "messages" dismissed this film — a…
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Film, Eastern Promises: Still Cronenberg

Eastern Promises: Still Cronenberg

I've said it before and hope to again: David Cronenberg is the most provocative, original, and consistently excellent North American director of his generation. From Videodrome (1983) through A History of Violence (2005), neither Scorsese nor Spielberg, and not even…
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Film, Tom's Diner

Tom's Diner

Any thing can be anything to anybody, particularly in the case of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. If you want to believe that Cronenberg's new film, a loose adaptation of a little-known graphic novel, is a work of damning…
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