Juno

Juno

Posted December 31, 2007

I suspect several people will think I scored this too low. Everyone else I’ve known who has seen it has loved it. It’s like the Little Miss Sunshine of this year; the quiet, quirky critical darling. Juno

Atonement

Atonement

Posted December 31, 2007

Atonement is a lovely film. It’s simple and straightforward, not lovely because it’s told with a soft lense or because there is a sense of wonder and beauty about it. But lovely because the

Grace Is Gone

Grace Is Gone

Posted December 21, 2007

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen such a neutral movie.
There’s nothing really wrong with this movie. As I watched it I never thought, “Oh, they should have done this.” or “Why did they have to do that?” There’s really nothing

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Posted December 19, 2007

National Treasure: Book of Secrets is fun and has it’s moments, but the whole film could have been as good as those few moments.

I guess I should begin with the opening, which was rather brilliant. The fade from

James McAvoy in ‘Atonement’

Posted December 1, 2007

With his role opposite Keira Knightley, the Scottish actor solidifies his place as lead actor. In this adaptation of the book, McAvoy plays Robbie Turner, the son of a housekeeper who has grown up on the sprawling Tallis family estate in rural Surrey, England. Robbie is caught between classes. Courtesy of his mother’s employer, he has obtained a Cambridge education. But while he is invited into the Tallis family circle on certain social occasions, he will never be included in the esteemed echelons of the British aristocracy. Then on a sweltering summer’s day in 1934, 13-year-old Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) […]

Johnny Depp – What I’ve Learned

Posted December 1, 2007

My mother taught me a lot of things. The first thing that comes to mind is: Don’t take any sh* off anyone, ever. When I was a little kid, we moved constantly. Bully picks on you in the new place? Don’t ever take any sh* off anyone, ever. Eloquent and right. My life is my life because of Tim. Definitely. This is Tim Burton in a nutshell: We were doing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I was on the set. We were shooting, working, working, working. All great. Everything’s cool. One of my pals comes up and says, “Helena […]

Waitress

Waitress

Posted November 29, 2007

I’d heard so much hype about this movie, I expected it to be great. It totally wasn’t.

Enchanted

Enchanted

Posted November 25, 2007

Enchanted is pretty much everything you’d expect. It was sweet and fun and cute. I sort of hoped, after seeing the preview so often, that it would surprise me with something especially

August Rush

August Rush

Posted November 25, 2007

Speaking strictly from a film point of view, August Rush wasn’t that great. The plot was thin, the characters, though interesting, were all woefully underdeveloped. My favorite moment of

Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

Posted November 3, 2007

The only review I really have of the theatrical cut is a quote from Entertainment Weekly’s review of Kingdom of Heaven – May 13, 2005. There were a lot of things I liked about it and a lot of things I was