September 18, 2011
In a film where each supporting character’s past is his or her handicap and downfall, a protagonist with no more than a face and a job becomes the one-eyed man, king of the film’s conflict and the only person with the freedom to be the good guy.
September 30, 2010
If you considered a movie about the creators of Facebook an awkward and likely unsuccessful prospect, you weren’t alone. The controversies surrounding the inception of Facebook are well documented, and it’s rare that such a contemporary character profile works as both a bold, true portrait and as an entertaining film. “The Social Network” is that rarity. Inherently — and legally — the film must be a careful depiction of recent and true events, and it succeeds brilliantly.
September 19, 2010
The problem begins with trailers, the movie geek’s most tempting and yet least-fulfilling drug. The cry of “we don’t want to miss the previews — that’s the best part!” is well and alive these days — just not quite like it used to be. Trailers ruined movies for me, at least for a few years. I went full film geek and overdosed. And I promised not to go in that direction again.
July 5, 2010
“Cyrus” continues the Duplass brothers’ trademark improvisational directing style, which has gained them critical acclaim in years past. “There will be a writing process, and then we start shooting, and we really start seeing what (the actors) are like,” Mark said. “Then we start – even if we don’t put it in the script – tailoring the scenes and how we direct the scenes, going to their strengths and avoiding their weaknesses.”
May 22, 2010
Days before the Series Finale of LOST, my thoughts on the show and how the legacy of a show so epic in stature can be felt on the most personal levels.
January 4, 2012
In revitalizing the “Planet of the Apes” franchise, director Rupert Wyatt and the team behind 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” turned to an emergent technology that previous installments couldn’t benefit from.
December 13, 2011
My time at the Daily has been limited, and as I look back on the past year and a half, my words, articles and meetings tend to blur together; the stack of papers coalesces.
November 2, 2011
The teaser trailer for “Project X,” which is due for release next March, calls the film “a celebration of bad behavior.” Considering its characters are a bunch of partying teens, that is ultimately a somewhat bland description, which matches the unoriginal impression the film leaves.
October 31, 2011
The concept is a meaningful variation on our own society, albeit one with more codified and defined separations and wealth. Its psychological possibilities are fruitful and endless, and the film sets itself up to be exceedingly important, establishing weighty consequences to its own outcomes, both for its characters and for us.
September 26, 2011
The journey of the A’s 2002 season is an engrossing look at how a few people revolutionize the game — the drama of “Moneyball” is the tough road to change a sport both celebrated and maligned as America’s oldest.
September 11, 2011
While “Jurassic Park” may be Spielberg’s quintessential special-effects film, it’s also one of the most affecting and cohesive pictures of his career.
September 7, 2011
Director David Fincher experienced a resurgence to the top of film industry with “The Social Network.” And if the buzz for his next film — the English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” — is any indication, he may cement his name atop that list.
July 31, 2011
The director plays “Cowboys & Aliens” with a somewhat different hand — one that not many expected and few prefer. He plays it straight and serious, as if the film’s jumbled script could somehow rest on its own storytelling laurels. The simplicity of Universal’s posters comes full circle into a bland and poorly planned action-adventure that feels a lot smaller than it’s meant to.
June 26, 2011
Directed by Jake Kasdan (“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”), Detroit native and son of ‘U’ alum Lawrence Kasdan, the film follows middle school teacher Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz, “Knight and Day”) whose primary goal in life — aside from seemingly belittling her students and alienating literally every single person she meets — is to find a super-rich guy with whom to settle down.
June 19, 2011
Movies are miraculous. Projected illusions of life, engineered to entertain and keep us in our seats, collected in the dark for hours on end – it’s all very silly, after all. But film taps something inside people that nothing else does, hitting a rhythmic visual chord that is – at least to an extent – organic and natural.
April 17, 2011
June is typically filled with franchise pictures, even if not so heavily as its bordering months.
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