Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Posted June 25, 2009

I had high hopes for Transformers 2, I’ll admit. The trailer promised sharp, breath taking action, a little humor, robot fights, guy and girl running hand in hand, a bit of a deeper mythology and the expectation of a happy ending.

I think it was probably too much to expect any sort of deeper mythology, but with a good writer it could have

A Nice Quiet Chat with Christian Bale

Posted June 1, 2009

He slips into the room without fanfare. He walks slowly, on his heels, toward the terrace. When I stand, he points at me, or my table, or my general area still without turning to look at me, his eyes fixed on the terrace in front of him – and in his low English accent asks, “We doin’ this here or what?” Christian Bale detests interviews, on the predictable grounds that his offscreen life is nobody’s business, but also because he thinks the whole enterprise of movie-star “journalism” is corrosive to acting and storytelling.  This opener “here or what?” is less […]

Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation

Posted May 23, 2009

The interesting thing about Terminator Salvation is that it really wasn’t John Connor’s movie. Christian Bale was a great John Connor. He was strong and focused and interesting. There was

Star Trek

Star Trek

Posted May 10, 2009

I saw Star Trek this weekend. Loved it. I actually haven’t liked a movie that much in a long time. I just walked out of it feeling happy and whole and refreshed. Probably didn’t hurt that I

X-Men Origins – Wolverine

X-Men Origins – Wolverine

Posted May 2, 2009

I admit I went into Wolverine without a lot of expectations. Despite Hugh Jackman’s interviews about how they chose the director because Gavin Hood would handle the characterization well. I haven’t seen any of Hood’s other work so I don’t know if is inability to actually live up to all the talk because he really doesn’t handle

Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds

Posted April 29, 2009

This would have been a better movie if it wasn’t so utterly predictable.

The story itself is interesting, I can’t deny that. It’s fairly unique also. Except that as soon as the movie started I could see exactly where it was going. I might have half guessed it from the trailer.

‘Supernatural’: Sexy. Scary. Over?

Posted April 24, 2009

In the intense universe of fandom surrounding Supernatural — the CW series that follows the chisel-jawed Winchester brothers — there are ”Sam girls” and ”Dean girls.” Websites chronicle every scrap of minutiae (including the fellas’ sweet ride, a ’67 Chevy Impala), and bloggers dig around casting directors’ sites looking for snippets of scenes to post online (they’ve even managed to spoil entire scripts). One creative fan actually showed up on set in an orange vest, pretending to be a production assistant. ”They gave her a walkie-talkie!” recalls Ackles. ”She worked the entire day there until somebody finally figured it out. […]

The problem with Syfy

The problem with Syfy

Posted March 18, 2009

I was thinking about this while driving into work this morning. But, to be fair, I’ve thought along this line often enough before just not thoroughly enough to warrant writing it down.

Dakota Fanning Pushes the Limits

Posted February 24, 2009

The adorable Dakota Fanning is growing up. The go-to child star has made her move into bona fide teenage roles — and she’s more than ready to go beyond her usual sweet and innocent side in the sci-fi thriller Push. She swears, has a brief drunk scene and carries a gun. This kid you play in Push is pretty out front and in your face, isn’t she? My character is a true 14-year-old — kind of rebellious. She has a very sassy attitude and that was very fun to get to explore in this film. She says and does things […]

Casablanca

Casablanca

Posted February 14, 2009

Surprisingly, no, I’d never seen Casablanca before last week. I generally don’t like old movies so I pretty much don’t ever make the time to watch them. The production values are lower, the stories or characters can seem cheesy to a sophisticated audience (yes, that would be me). Plus, I don’t ascribe to the belief that just because a movie is a classic it’s therefore good. Someone once said that the golden age in Hollywood wasn’t really golden, it’s just when we learned to industrialize movie making. I agree, so, I don’t expect that all classic movies will stand the […]