The target audience for Blonde Ambition is a mystery. With such patently silly production values, it seems geared to young girls and fans of Jessica Simpson. But its language and sexuality make it only appropriate for older teens or adults.
- January 29, 2008 |
The new film Rambo, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, presents an interesting case study on the idea of suffering and reacquaints us with John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam vet who has a hard time overcoming his killer instincts.
- January 28, 2008 |
London has been good to Woody Allen. Cassandra’s Dream, the third film in Allen’s London-based trilogy, rivals his earlier moral drama, Match Point, while exceeding that film’s technical craft and giving Colin Farrell the role of his career.
- January 22, 2008 |
For those disappointed in I Am Legend, the New York setting is about all that film and Cloverfield have in common. From the get-go, there’s an air of mystery about J.J. Abrams’ latest that causes one to wonder exactly how everything’s going to go down in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.
What’s a compelling way to convey to kids that they are children of a soon-returning king and potential heroes despite their fear and weakness? Try taking them to see VeggieTales’ latest, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.
- January 11, 2008 |
On their way to California, the Baker-Fincher wagon train made camp in Mountain Meadows, Utah, where the group was brutally attacked by a Latter Day Saint (Mormon) militia disguised as Indians. September Dawn examines this horrific slaughter.
- January 04, 2008 |
“Find the joy in your life.” That’s the bottom-line message of director Rob Reiner’s The Bucket List, delivered by one of two characters who are facing death and trying to find meaning in their existence. But the film reflects another saying as well: “Everything old is new again.”
- December 31, 2007 |
A film for film lovers, There Will Be Blood is not for those seeking fast-food entertainment. An adaptation of the classic Oil!, it is replete with symbols and metaphors that are destined to become film student fodder for many years to come.
- December 26, 2007 |
If you overlook the obvious comparisons to E.T. and a predictable plot, The Water Horse isn’t a bad flick. Instead of the usual scatological humor that drags down so many movies aimed at the younger set, there’s actually a good story here about letting go of the things we love.
- December 24, 2007 |
Though The Great Debaters (produced by Oprah Winfrey) is filled with hope and inspiration, it is marred by historical inaccuracies and a marked imbalance in its racial portrayals.
- December 24, 2007 |
National Treasure: Book of Secrets is an exciting, well-made film that families will want to support. According to friends in the industry, it is terribly difficult to make a family-friendly movie that’s not schmaltzy, that’s full of action, adventure, history, and romance.
Charlie Wilson’s War is a fascinating story of insider politics and war, but unfortunately the movie has an R rating for nudity and violence. It could easily have been toned down to a PG-13 and had a much wider audience.
Unfortunately, the torrents of blood make Sweeney Todd disgusting in several spots, so much so that the film cannot be recommended, despite outstanding production design by Dante Ferretti, striking cinematography by Darius Wolski, and Tim Burton’s deft direction.
In storytelling, it’s constantly been said that it’s far better to show than tell. But in movies, especially ones like I Am Legend that are meant to send shivers of fear up your spine, too much showing inevitably ruins the impact.
- December 14, 2007 |