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.
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.
Remember how all of Ferris Bueller's schoolmates loved him? Ferris' popularity transcended cliques and made the entire high school class structure obsolete.
During these traditionally "down months" of late winter/early spring, when Hollywood dumps its undercooked clams into theaters, it's a genuine thrill to discover a hidden pearl.
Nothing about "Fast & Furious 6" makes sense. The initial premise, every aspect of character development, and every plot point are all ridiculously, shockingly mindless.
"Mayan Blue" is an atypical Georgia film. Most of the crew either come from or live in North Georgia, yet the film was shot entirely in Guatemala and features an abundance of breathtaking underwater cinematography.
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