When in Rome

When in Rome

Posted January 30, 2010

I laughed out loud. a couple of times. You’d be surprised how much impact that has on a movie’s score.

Other than that, When in Rome is an interesting premise that is not well executed.

Extraordinary Measures

Extraordinary Measures

Posted January 23, 2010

Extraordinary Measures is a good movie. It’s sentimental but not in an inauthentic way.

The performances, in fact, are all very good. Brendan Frasier looks like he’s put on weight and

the best tv of 2009

the best tv of 2009

Posted January 7, 2010

I’ve acquiesced to the fact that this is more “tv I loved in 2009” than actually “the best tv of 2009”. But what critic’s list isn’t? You never read, “I hated this show, but damn was it well

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Posted January 2, 2010

Up in the Air is a film that’s incredibly topical for our current culture, touching on the zeitgeist of our economic downturn and the emotional ramifications of living in that, hoping to

Dakota Fanning: New Moon’s New Vamp

Posted January 1, 2010

At fifteen, Dakota Fanning is finally outgrowing the adjective that’s been applied to her so frequently during her decade-long career: precocious. It’s not a bad word, of course, and doubtless there are actresses three times her age who would kill to have worked with Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, and Denzel Washington—to say nothing of the prodigious natural talent that got Dakota there. But if her brief turn in this month’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon signals anything, it’s a willingness to shed the self-serious image. Certainly, Dakota’s role in the Twilight sequel didn’t seem to present too much of […]

Up

Up

Posted December 29, 2009

I shouldn’t be surprised that I loved Up, because Pixar is very good at what they do. But I don’t generally love animated movies so I didn’t expect much.

I didn’t expect really adorable characters that were surprisingly easy to relate to and care about. And I don’t

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Posted November 21, 2009

It’s amazing what a good director can do.

When I saw New Moon, I have to admit I was afraid to get my hopes up. Twilight was just so poorly done and the books are so badly written, but the characters are incredibly engaging

17 Again

17 Again

Posted August 15, 2009

In some ways, Zach Efron completely makes this movie. And not just because he’s a lot more interesting to watch than Matthew Perry.

The premise is something we’ve seen plenty of before but it manages to be fresh and enjoyable in this

The Last of Heath

Posted August 1, 2009

When Heath Ledger died a year and a half ago from an accidental mix of prescription drugs, he was deep into filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus with his friend and mentor, director Terry Gilliam. From Gilliam, the crew, and other insiders, the author gets an exclusive account of Ledger’s final months—a pressure cooker of arduous filmmaking, personal turmoil, and chronic insomnia—and of how the 28-year-old star’s last movie was rescued by a trio of friends: Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a wildly ambitious movie, stuffed as it is with political satire, […]