CHICAGO – “Drinking Buddies” director Joe Swanberg’s latest release of the same star wattage is “Happy Christmas,” an even lower-fi story than the Olivia Wilde beer comedy, steered even more by the casting that it was able to assemble. However, with this movie Swanberg doesn’t so much worry about having a story that could be confused with a more mainstream romantic comedy if it were to have a bigger budget.
CHICAGO – A simple man tackles an unspeakably evil one. Such is the premise of so many movies of all genres that it would be impossible to count them all. Perhaps in no genre is this structure more popular than the Western, a category in which we love to watch average family men beat the fastest gun in the West. This explains the lasting popularity of Delmer Daves’s “3:10 to Yuma,” a flick I still find relatively slight but appreciate more completely now that I can see it in a gorgeously transferred, 4K-restored version from The Criterion Collection.
CHICAGO – Russ Tamblyn has seen it all. In a show business career that is now over 60 years old, he has gone from child star (”Father of the Bride”) to Oscar nominee (”Peyton Place”) to classic role (”West Side Story”) and cult hero (”Twin Peaks”). With a span like that, he has collected a few stories.