The Rum Diary

Screenwriter/Director: Bruce Robinson Starring: Johnny Depp Review: 4 stars (of five) It is perilously close to midnight, and I’ve spent the last ninety minutes emptying a bottle of rum into a small glass, pausing periodically to empty the glass into me. Seems like a good time to start writing about Hunter S. Thompson. Well, not Thompson, directly. Thompson as mediated, again, brilliantly, by Johnny Depp, who first allowed the loa of gonzo journalism to ride him in Terry Gilliam’s 1998 delight, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. ’98 was also the year of publication for The Rum Diary, a novel that a 22-year-old Thompson...

Ides of March

Director: George Clooney Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei Review: 3 stars (of five) George Clooney is an interesting director, with an assured style behind the camera and an ability to get strong performances from...