codeable-asset

Alcoholism

I don't really know why, but when the trailer for A Star is Born came out, I simply couldn't look away. The trailer opens with the camera panning over the crowd at Coachella. The first picks of acoust…
Blunt stars as Rachel Watson, a miserable, divorced alcoholic, whose once-idyllic life has devolved into one booze-fuelled blackout after another. She rides the train in and out of Manhattan every day…
I remember exactly when I heard that Amy Winehouse died, and I was pissed. No, it was not because Amy had met with what can really only be deemed an unsurprising early death (joining the "27 Club" of …
Sarah Silverman makes her dramatic-lead debut – and does a decent but not outstanding job – in this paint-by-numbers story of a wife and mother trying to hide her drug and alcohol addiction from her f…
I know I said I would watch Viggo Mortensen muck out stalls in my Hidalgo review, but I never quite factored Sandra Bullock into the deal. It's like being duped by a tricky genie who grants your wish,…
Sutter, the central character in The Spectacular Now, is like John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything. He's charming and cute in kind of a boy-next-door way. He is a high school senior who is in …
Greasy, sweaty, drunk and seeming like he’d probably reek of whiskey, cigarettes and B.O., Bad Blake (Bridges) is a once-lauded country-music star who’s so far down on his luck that hitting bottom mig…
A Star Is Born has been adapted multiple times, and surely will be adapted again. It is a great showcase for a talented young(ish) thing to strut her stuff under the guise of being a raw talent that g…
There I was, chewing a mouthful of dinner, when I was transported back to the early 80's. It was the AFI 100 Years 100 Songs special that did it—song #79, "Arthur's Theme" by Christopher Cross. I whip…