Excuse me, have you seen a lion pass by here recently? He's about yay tall, looks like a symbolic savior?
And we're out of the summer gate at a Marvel-ous pace! "Iron Man," based on Stan Lee's Marvel Comics character, posted around $200 million worldwide in its opening weekend. This is well below the opening haul by "Spiderman 3" last year, but it far surpassed everyone's expectations. Still, "Iron Man" is a fairly typical blockbuster that benefited from being the first big release of the season. There are explosions and effects aplenty, the story is ...
"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.
Summer has barely started, and already we have the season's first big flop. "Speed Racer," with its computer-created, kaleidoscopic graphics, looks like no film you've ever seen. But I remember thinking the same thing about one of the all-time worst uses of special effects, "Tron," which came to mind several times while watching "Speed Racer." Both place human actors into impressively crafted artificial worlds, and both become embarrassingly silly. The movie begins with a deluge ...
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. <font ...
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.
Film reviewers are the most fickle writers in existence, and they should not - under any circumstances - be trusted.
Stop me if you've heard this one.
O' Coen Brothers, where have thou been?
For the boys and girls on the 'nice' list
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. This year's entry is "Juno," ...
It's funny how some movies point out their own weaknesses much better than any critic could.
Dr. Seuss' books are beloved by so many people, it's rather risky to adapt them to movies. On the other hand, if you do it well, the payoff is huge.
I joked a few weeks ago that I'd let you know if I found an unexpected gem among the lame spring movies.
"American Hustle" is now officially one of the buzziest films of the awards season.
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