Beyond the usual components of the typical heist flick [gathering the team; making the plans; dealing with unforeseen circumstances], The Bank Job pulls off the enviable stunt of dealing with four layers of prying eyes on the way to its unusually inventive conclusion – and making its ‘70s time period feel right.
Continue reading The Bank Job: Layered Heist Flick Is a Winner!
The Christina Ricci vehicle, Penelope, has been on the shelf for awhile [the film was produced in 2006] – which might make one think it must be a turkey. It’s not.
Continue reading Penelope: The Pig-Faced Girl Is A Charmer!
Will Ferrell’s 70’s sports comedy, Semi-Pro, hits most of the same familiar notes that Ferrell has pounded on in his previous movies. The difference here is that he has gone to the well [or the hoop] one time too often.
Continue reading Semi-Pro Is Not Quite Semi-Decent!
While the political and historical ramifications are alluded to at end of the film, The Other Boleyn Girl is a lushly drawn period piece about two girls who are pimped out to the King of England by their father and uncle.
Continue reading The Other Boleyn Girl: Period Piece Pomp & Soapy Sleaze!
This short film is circulating the web today. While you watch it, keep this in mind – it was made by one person! Don’t know what tools the person used, but it’s pretty amazing.
After I said I wouldn’t watch it, I did tivo it and watched most of it, it cut off at 3 hours. After 80 years you’d think they figure out how to do the damn show in under 3 hrs! So I didn’t catch the last few awards. I fast forwarded over all the fluff and just watched the award announcements and the musical performances. Everything from Enchanted was AWFUL, I loved the Raise Up performance and Once performance. It was surreal watching because I’ve been to events at the Kodak theater on several occasions and half the people nominated I’ve met and interviewed in the past. As predicted no real surprises last night, other than Atonement almost getting blanked in all the technical categories. But getting best score? I thought the music in Atonement was one of the reasons I loathed that movie. Here’s the complete list.
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The Oscars are tonight and somehow I just can’t seem to care. Last year was a really lackluster year for films as evidenced by the fact that Michael Clayton one of the most convoluted boring films that I’ve ever walked out on is nominated for best picture. Is it me or does it seem like there is a noticeable lack of buzz for this year’s awards race? Is because the film’s nominated are kind of “meh?” Or did the three month long writers strike take the micky out of everything? I don’t know, but I’m not enthused. Granted I pretty much never watch award shows anyway, but tonight I don’t know. I’ll Tivo it and will watch Across the Universe on Blu-ray before I catch a few minutes of tonight’s show. There’s no way I could watch it live so I have to give my DVR a good 2 hr head start before I even think about turning it on. With that said here are my picks. I really don’t expect any surprises tonight. But I would love to see Juno pull an upset and Once get best song. While I liked Enchanted I thought the music in it SUCKED and can’t believe it got three freaking music nominations and Once only got one – and for the worst song in the film.
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Michel Gondry [Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; The Science of Sleep] makes post-modern films that are usually more about subtext than what you see onscreen. While that may be true of Be Kind Rewind, there is so much on the surface that audiences won’t really need to understand the subtext to have a good time.
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Vantage Point is a pretty cool idea: meld the multiple point-of-views of Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon onto a modern thriller. The basic idea is that the President of the United States is assassinated and we get the act from several different points of view – each adding a little more to our knowledge of the event.
Continue reading Vantage Point: Too Many POVs Spoil The View!
The trailer for Charlie Bartlett revolves, mostly, around the application of prescription to elicit humor. If the film had been solely about that, it would likely have been just as entertaining, but it would have been a one-trick pony. Fortunately, it is both smarter and wiser than that.
Continue reading Charlie Bartlett: Would You Like to Talk About It?
Anime classic "Akira" is getting the live-action treatment courtesy of Leonardo DiCaprio and Warner Bros. Ruairi Robinson has been hired to direct what would ideally be a two-part epic. Gary Whitta is writing the adaptation. "Akira" originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film. The story was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear war "New Tokyo" in 2019 where a teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment which unleashes his latent powers.