Batman Unmasked

Posted June 1, 2008

The Welsh actor opens up about being the Dark Knight, never having a plan B, and always swimming against the current. At the end of a warm spring day, as rays of amber sunlight flash off the ocean, Christian Bale arrives at a bar in Santa Monica. He’s wearing a baggy blue shirt, untucked, khaki pants, and New Balance sneakers. A black baseball cap is pulled low over his eyes, and the beginnings of a beard bristle along his jaw. He attracts little attention. Apparently, despite having recently starred in a series of successful movies—including 3:10 to Yuma, The Prestige, […]

James McAvoy, This Summer’s Most ‘Wanted’

Posted June 1, 2008

In this exclusive interview, the reluctant sex symbol talks about the physical challenges of his first slick action flick, why period dramas and blockbusters aren’t really all that different, and what it’s like working with Angelina. Calling James McAvoy a “hot Scot” probably won’t impress the Glasgow-born Wanted star, who is far more comfortable chatting about football games with friends in British pubs than he is pondering any presumed international sex appeal. “It’s completely something I brush off and laugh at,” says McAvoy with a melodious Scottish brogue, pushing a hand through his brown shaggy hair. “It’s not something that […]

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Posted May 17, 2008

To begin with, if you’ve read the book, let go of everything you know. This is a completely different creature. But it’s good. It’s very good.

I so don’t even know where to begin. I’ve read the book, possibly 2 dozen times. I

the complicated reality of our frayed psyches

the complicated reality of our frayed psyches

Posted May 7, 2008

I can’t tell you when it first occurred to me. I think maybe someone pointed it out. But growing up I recognized that women in action films weren’t really genuine.

Now, having grown up and learned a thing or two, I can explain why. To the best of my

The Forbidden Kingdom

The Forbidden Kingdom

Posted April 19, 2008

The problem with movies that are badly written is that they don’t leave a lot to talk about. Yes, the stunts were really cool. And the fight scenes, pretty intense. But those are the sort of things one needs to watch and are why you go see the movie. In the aftermath, there isn’t much to say.

Leatherheads

Leatherheads

Posted April 5, 2008

The best thing about having seen Leatherheads is that now I get to post my Summer movie preview list.

The second best thing about Leatherheads is that it’s a great movie. It succeeds in doing

Jumper

Jumper

Posted February 14, 2008

Jumper is a great concept. Its exciting and interesting and could be very cool except that it suffers from a weak script.

The visual effect of the jump is dynamic and propels the story forward. Its so fantastic

27 Dresses

27 Dresses

Posted January 26, 2008

There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to like Katherine Heigl. And then there’s the part of me that saw 27 Dresses and thought, “This girl is a star and this sort of movie is what’s going to

Definitely, Maybe

Definitely, Maybe

Posted January 25, 2008

Best romantic comedy I’ve seen in a long while. More romantic than comedy…endearing, and charming… There are two things that really work about this movie and it’s a good thing too

the best tv of 2007

the best tv of 2007

Posted January 6, 2008

I had a hard time coming up with 10 really good shows this year. Chuck almost made it because it’s funny and charming. It just isn’t quite on it’s feet yet, though it continues to improve.