Would you believe that figure skating could be the subject of the next big comedy smash? Well… would you believe it if the movie starred Will Farrell? And Jon [Napoleon Dynamite] Heder? Then check this out: Blades of Glory is, quite possibly, the oddest buddy movie I’ve ever seen. (more…)
Archive for March, 2007
Edward Zwick makes films that tend to provoke thought – and yet, they are almost always entertaining, first and foremost. Blood Diamond is a rousing adventure that takes the buddy-movie formula and turns it into a life or death struggle and a commentary on the practice of smuggling diamonds to promote terrorism [among other things]. All in all, that’s not a bad day’s work. (more…)
Animation: Happy Feet; Stan Lee Presents The Condor; TOKKO, Vol. 1; Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children – Limited Collector’s Ed.March 27, 2007
Sometimes the Academy gets it wrong, as with Happy Feet; even Stan Lee goofs now and then – as with Stan Lee Presents The Condor. To offset these mistakes, you can almost always count on some quality anime
Odd thing: people seem to think that fantasy and science fiction films do not require rules – that anything goes. As the classic fantasy romance, Ghost, and the SF/horror classic, The Re-Animator, clearly show, this is not the case – or at least genre films work better if they have a consistent set of rules. (more…)
Amazon.com and Universal Studios Home Entertainment have taken a unique and thought-provoking approach to publicizing the DVD release of Children of Men. The two have collaborated on the first-ever “Global Fan Summit” in which director Alfonso Cuaron will answer questions about the issues raised in the film.
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is considerably darker in tone than the three martial arts fests that preceded it. Indeed, the tone is a lot more like the original, not-for-kids comics – though not quite so dark as to lose the PG-13 rating.
Director, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) brings Washington, DC film critic Steven Hunter’s book “Point of Impact” to the big screen in the Mark Wahlberg thriller “Shooter,” A political action thriller about a former military sniper who gets set up by evil doers. (more…)
When former Gunnery Sergeant Bob Lee Swagger is asked to help prevent an assassination attempt on the President of the U.S.A. – by planning it and showing how to stop it – you just know there’s going to be problems. (more…)
The Last Mimzy is the movie adaptation of the classic Lewis Padgett [Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore] science fiction short story, Mimzy Were The Borogroves – a tale about how some unusual toys turned a couple of normal kids into uber-geniuses. Despite awkward direction, a spoon-feeding framing sequence, and a silly Homeland Security arc, the film version manages to be entertaining and thought provoking. (more…)
ABC today showed supreme confidence in its current schedule as the network announced the early renewals of fourteen of its series for the 2007-08 season. Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives led the way, along with breakout hits Ugly Betty and Brothers and sisters, but there more than a few surprises. (more…)