How I learned to stop worrying and love the film

March 28, 2011

When I watch a film now, it doesn’t wash over me like it used to — I am constantly engaged in the tricks, the structure and the details within. While that helps me in my classwork (not to mention film journalism), it also takes away from the very reason I study film in the first place.

Few objections to THE LINCOLN LAWYER

March 20, 2011

The exploration is an uncommon one and it’s fascinating to see Hollywood allow such a concept receive the reality and seriousness it deserves. The cast takes it just as seriously, as Marisa Tomei is characteristically delightful as Haller’s prosecutor ex-wife, and supporting characters played by William H. Macy and Laurence Mason are amiable additions who allow Haller to generate the sympathetic world he needs to convince us of his own validity.

Hollywood’s franchise frenzy

March 14, 2011

Film franchises now aren’t necessarily like franchises of decades past. Before, sequels were universally inferior to their originals, lost in trying to recreate an existing story but characterized by consistent failure. In a risk-averse, recession-minded film industry, sequels like “The Dark Knight,” “The Bourne Supremacy” and “Toy Story 3”are the goal. These films not only increase the size of their original films, but creatively pursue entirely different courses in plot and thematic focus. While sequels may still tend to disappoint, there is more hope for these films than Hollywood has ever seen.

Missing the mystery in THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

March 2, 2011

Without mystery, much of the premise seems almost silly, with men in hats walking robotically on rooftops and Matt Damon running around New York City and passing through doors. No matter how cool the theoretical story is, it isn’t translated well to the screen. In all of this is the film’s redeeming quality — the chemistry between David and Elise, the product of focused performances by Damon and Blunt.