April 5, 2012
Critics Consensus: American Reunion Is A Decent Get-Together
This weekend, the dream of the 1990s is alive at the multiplex: the lusty teenagers of "American Pie" are all grown up in "American Reunion," and "Titanic," the decade's biggest commercial success, gets a deluxe 3D rerelease. Who would have thought we'd see the "American Pie" kids grow and mature? Critics say that in "American Reunion," our old friends are still good company, but they're certainly not as shocking as they used to be. "Titanic" was pretty much unsinkable upon its release in 1997. This period blockbuster solidified James Cameron's status as one of Hollywood's master technicians, made superstars of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and collected a boatload of Oscars.
April 5, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Whit Stillman
Back in the 1990s, Whit Stillman wrote and directed what might be regarded as three modern American classics. While independent cinema grew saturated with dysfunctional Sundance dramas and pop culture solipsism, Stillman's so-called "yuppie trilogy" -- Metropolitan (1990),
Barcelona (1994) and The Last Days of Disco
(1998) -- instead offered comedic portraits of hyper-literate, obsessive preppy types negotiating a world of social etiquette that felt extracted from another time. Fourteen years (and several aborted projects) after Disco, Stillman at last returns with
Damsels in Distress, which opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this week. While on the press rounds for the film this week, Stillman took some time out to write about his five favorite films. "These are just five of a possible 55 faves -- or more," he says. "But one has to start somewhere."