THE SOCIAL NETWORK is status-worthy cinema

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.

Affleck dazzles behind the camera in THE TOWN

September 20, 2010

“The Town” is a crime drama that succeeds on both the “crime” and “drama” counts – it’s a gritty, riveting display that avoids the cheesy pitfalls of its genre-mates. That each and every character, no matter how flawed he or she is, inspires an emotional investment is just as much a testament to the cast’s ability as it is a sign of Affleck’s talent as a director.

Why I Missed the INCEPTION Trailer

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.