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October 12, 2009

Walter Salles has a talent for capturing the loss of youthful hope. In The Motorcycle Diaries he brilliantly showed Ernesto Guevara’s transformation from hopeful medical student to the cynical revolutionary named Che. In Linha de Passe he and Daniela Thomas tell a similar emotional story of four brothers and their mother trying to make their […]

September 14, 2009

Joe Wright has become something of the journeyman director of modern cinema. He continually produces pictures that are enjoyable and entertaining, yet thoroughly unremarkable. The Soloist is no exception. It is the story of down-on-his-luck reporter Steve Lopez (Downey Jr) and a series of articles he writes about homeless, mentally ill, but very talented musician […]

September 7, 2009

Quentin Tarantino. The name is synonymous with successful independent cinema and he is considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest directors. Inglorious Basterds is a film that shows Tarantino’s strengths and exactly why he has garnered the reputation the preceeds him. To enjoy Basterds one first needs to get over the film’s […]

September 7, 2009

Films about directors always strike a chord with me. There is something compelling about watching a film about a filmmaker. The struggles of the cinematic artist laid bare in front of you. Broken Embraces serves as a cautionary tale to all filmmakers. Do not get involved with your leading lady. Especially if she is the […]

August 17, 2009

Public Enemies had all the components to make a great summer blockbuster. Two of the most interesting and intense actors of today going head to head. An ability to comment on the current economic situation as its set in 1930s America. A director with a penchant for elevating crime stories out of their genre. Unfortunately […]

May 18, 2009

There is a certain stigma attached to Star Trek. Something about the franchise which has pushed it into the extreme levels of nerdiness. A lot of people are not going to see Star Trek based purely on the perceived sci-figeek/internet fanboy image their friends will tease them about if they admit 1) having seen it, […]

May 11, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is exactly what the title describes—the origin story of the character Wolverine from X-Men. Why they made a film dealing specifically with Wolverine’s past was baffling, as it so was brilliantly dealt with in Bryan Singer’s X-Men and X2: X-Men United. Beginning with the young Logan accidentally murdering his father, he and […]

March 30, 2009

Changeling is a disappointing return to form for director Clint Eastwood. Especially considered in relation to the success of his next feature Gran Torino, which was so openly racist and featured such bad performances, audiences would find it hard not be in stitches. And Clint played the lead role. And Clint sang the end credit […]

March 16, 2009

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts is a documentary which celebrates the complex life of aging composer Philip Glass; an artist so dedicated to his craft and so full of humanity that he is a fascinating subject to watch and holds the audience’s interest for the near two hour running time. Glass portrays […]

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