SCOTT PILGRIM stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Brandon Routh – INTERVIEW

August 8, 2010

“As far as the spirit of the books and the spirit of the characters, I think we all focused a lot on making that really true to the books,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead said. “That was really important to me — just to try and be really faithful to what I envisioned Ramona to be in the books.”

“I loved the little asides and the power-ups,” Brandon Routh said, recalling the video-game narrative style of the book. “There was just another layer of awesomeness and nostalgia … It made it very unique.”

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.

A bad concoction of genetics and drama in SPLICE

June 6, 2010

Science fiction is a genre that repeatedly turns to the human element of scientific progress and the dangers it represents to the world as we know it in order to make intriguing stories. “Splice” isn’t about the genetic experiment from which the plot is born, but about the neuroses it highlights in its initiators. However, even though many of the necessary inputs of the sci-fi formula are present, “Splice” doesn’t recombine them to create a memorable experience that viewers can care about.

Six years later, still ‘LOST’

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.

Baumbach continues honest, hard-to-swallow portrayals of the human psyche with GREENBERG

May 6, 2010

Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg” is frustrating, even depressing at times, but that’s entirely the point. Striking a delicate balance between comedy and gloom, “Greenberg” follows its namesake, Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller, “Night at the Museum”), a 40-year-old carpenter and former musician fresh off a mental breakdown returning to his hometown of Los Angeles.

WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE: A strange journey through the history of the Doors

May 3, 2010

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