THE LAST AIRBENDER: Shyamalan goes on last filmmaking ‘Bender’

July 8, 2010

The base material is a fascinating story with fans across all ages and cultures. This story deserved a dedicated, careful adaptation. Unfortunately, it was handled clumsily, and the product is a sadly inept example of filmmaking.

CYRUS directors discuss improv style, careful process

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.”

TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE – Newest ‘Twilight’ eclipses it predecessors but not much else

July 5, 2010

A few moments, such as Edward’s furious battle to protect Bella in the last act, provide a human spark to the fake ashes of the film. But the rest is lifeless, and it really didn’t have to be.