"The Strangers" is the kind of movie that boosts sales of guns and home security systems. It could incite an explosion in self-defense class enrollments. At the very least, it will encourage you to chain the door and to use the peephole.
The 2008 summer movie season won't make us wait on the big releases, since most of the highly anticipated movies come out during May. It's impossible to predict how good the summer season will be, but there will at least be plenty of choices. Here's a dash through the prospects.
The 2008 Atlanta Film Festival has ended, and already the film world of North Georgia is less exciting. The awards have been announced and, in my opinion, almost none make sense - which makes this festival fairly typical of all film competitions, large and small. Nevertheless, my review of the event itself is overwhelmingly positive. Again, there is no way to cover everything, so here are a few more recommendations.
This year's Atlanta Film Festival is in full swing. It kicked off last Thursday with a gala opening night screening of "The Lena Baker Story" and will wrap up on Saturday with a screening of "The Visitor." Crammed in between are film industry workshops, appearances by filmmakers and actors, and best of all, loads of independent and foreign films. Here are some of the high points among the films I've seen so far.
Each year, a film comes along that brings out the critics' clichés. You know, those underdog, low-budget movies that make critics write things like, "a movie with a heart as big as its star" (that's a real quote, by the way). Or, "This Year's 'Little Film That Could'" (also real). And of course, the classic, "you'll laugh, you'll cry ..." You know the rest.
I'll be honest: "Semi-Pro" is the kind of movie reviewers hate. Not because it's so bad, but because it gives us so little to write. It's much easier - and more fun - to either rave or rant than to be lukewarm.