Dan Burns is a widowed advice columnist with three daughters. Hmmm… My Three Daughters? No, not nearly. Dan in Real Life is an old-fashioned, family-friendly comedy with genuine heart and some new nuances for what should’ve been a formulaic flick.
This week two of the best TVonDVD sets ever hit the shelves. First, there’s the seminal My So-Called Life, the original teen series that has influenced every teen soap and/or adventure series since. Next, there’s perhaps the best TVonDVD set ever released – The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Volume One. It’s the project that George Lucas is most proud of, and it show.
One of the strongest legal shows in years features an utterly ruthless litigator named Patricia Hewes. Damages, which has its first season finale tonight [FX, 10/9C], is a drama that has gotten more and more twisted with each passing week. Recently we were fortunate enough to join a teleconference with Tate Donovan who plays Hewes’ number two man, Tom Shayes.
As I watched Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, two thoughts crossed my mind repeatedly: crime stories set in Boston are far nastier and grittier than those set anywhere else – and Thelonious Monk was right!
Ever since Halle Berry won an Oscar® for her amazing performance in Monster’s Ball, her career choices haven’t been all that wonderful. With Things We Lost in the Fire, she has found a project that gives her a chance to play a character who moves through a full range of emotions – and allows her to play off Benicio Del Toro, who gives one of the finest performances of his career.
ORLANDO (August 2007) – The indie feature Second Coming directed by Jose Cassella (Delivery) has concluded post-production with a team that included L.A.-based editor Mike Matzdorff whose credits include Fight Club, Analyze This, Meet Joe Black, Code Name: The Cleaner.
If you didn’t see Transformers in a theatre, you missed one of the biggest treats of this last summer’s crop of blockbusters. Simply put, Transformers is the best live action film to have been based on a line of toys, or an animated TV series.
George Clooney has built himself a pretty cool career by alternating fluffy summer fare with more serious, conscience provoking dramas. Michael Clayton is his latest excursion into the latter. It’s a tale about a lawsuit that hinges on the plaintiffs not finding out that the product in question was known to have potentially fatal effects on its users – sort of like the memos within the tobacco industry that acknowledged the addictive and cancer-causing aspects of their products.
James Gray’s We Own The Night is a tale of two brothers – one a cop one a nightclub manager who doesn’t know he’s working for the Russian mob. It’s an attempt to take a classic Cain & Abel/prodigal son tale and invest it with a subtext that reads exactly opposite to the surface story. It’s a laudable effort that really wants to be this year’s The Departed – but it doesn’t quite work.
When the second season of The Boondocks premieres tonight [Adult Swim, 11:30/10:30C], there will be a few cosmetic changes. The animation is noticeably improved and the sound is better. What hasn’t changed is the way that stories written over a year ago will still seem as if they were ripped from today’s headlines.
It’s been awhile since we last heard of the Farrelly Brothers. In that time, Judd Apatow has come along and become the king of the raunchy comedy with heart, with films like The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Now the Farrellys are back to stake their claim to the title with The Heartbreak Kid – a sweet romantic comedy that’s spiced up with the kind of inappropriate and, yes, raunchy gags that made There’s Something About Mary a hit.