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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 3, 2010
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