In the opening scene of "Foxcatcher," director Bennett Miller establishes his observational cinematic style. Wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz, both 1984 Olympic gold medalists, physically grapple, at first just as part of a typical training session. Then, with increasing tension, the interaction segues into a serious psychological contest of will and character.
The 23 Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, November 13 and continues through Sunday, November 23. The 389 films offered in 239 programs include 89 narrative and 76 documentary features, plus 224 short films. I'm most impressed that 69 countries are represented in the fiction and nonfiction, live action and animation selections.
"The Way Way Back's" opening scene finds fourteen-year-old, dorky Duncan in the farthest back seat of an old-fashioned station wagon, facing backwards, a perfect metaphor for his progress toward happiness. Duncan will have to back in on it, and darn if he doesn't even though his Cape Cod summer vacation looks like a nightmare in the making.
That is 2 as in the number, the second in a series, not "t-o-o," as in "also." This film gives sequels a good name although it's hardly "Godfather II." It picks up where "Despicable Me" left off, that is, with the main character, named Gru, becoming a family man.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World answers the question: what will two sensitive individuals do as an asteroid takes dead aim at Earth, 21 days and counting before the end? Insurance salesman Dodge and distraught apartment neighbor Penny grapple with the doomsday scenario in ways consistent with their very different personalities.