"'A real man makes his own luck.' Billy Zane. 'Titanic.'" -- Dwight Schrute, "The Office"
There’s another movie shooting in Decatur. Leave it to Atlanta’s coziest suburb to attract so much film action it becomes kind of annoying, particularly if you feel obligated to write about it. This feels increasingly like tallying waves on a beach. Continue reading ‘Another freakin’ movie films in Decatur’
Published July 24, 2009
Tags: Danny McBride, Despicable Me, Jason Segel, Jemaine Clement, Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Pixar, Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Up, Will Arnett
This has to be the best trailer I’ve seen for an animated movie not made by Pixar since I saw the trailer for “Up.” Continue reading ‘TRAILER REVIEW: ‘Despicable Me’ or the coolest animated movie since ‘Up’’
Published July 20, 2009
Tags: Good Will Hunting, Jessica Alba, Kurt Eichenwald, Mark Whitacre, Matt Damon, Necessary Roughness, Ocean's Eleven, Scott Bakula, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Soderbergh, Stuck On You, The Informant!, The New York Times
Matt Damon in "The Informant!"
Finally, we have what may be a bonafide, sure-thing, Oscar-caliber performance: Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!”
It’s an adaptation from New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald’s 2000 book of the same name (minus the wonderfully absurd exclamation point). It appears Soderbergh has taken the book, which I don’t think was intended to be humorous or satirical, and made it humorous and satirical. Continue reading ‘TRAILER REVIEW: ‘The Informant!’ or finally some Oscar bait for 2009′
I was a massive fan of “At the Movies” when Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert (and, later, Richard Roeper) hosted it. Just two guys who knew film talking intelligently about them. In fact, it’s the show that’s probably most benefitted from the creation of YouTube because now you can find nearly any “At the Movies” review on the site. Continue reading ‘Siskel, Ebert bickering, making fun of Protestants, cursing’
Published July 17, 2009
Tags: Adam McKay, Anna Faris, Chicago Tribune, Eastbound & Down, Jody Hill, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kennedy, Michael Pena, Michael Phillips, Observe and Report, Peter Travers, Ray Liotta, Rolling Stone, Sacha Baron Cohen, Seth Rogen, Taxi Driver, The Denver Post, The Foot Fist Way, Will Ferrell
If there is a silver lining to be found in the wholesale dismantling of our nation’s newspaper industry, it must be the forced retirement of a certain kind of film critic. The kind of person who watches a movie like “Knocked Up” and feels the preoccupied need, even while praising it, to reduce it to simply a “lovably profane” romantic comedy. Or the kind of guy who didn’t like — in fact, hated — “The Cable Guy.” Or the legion of people who trashed the insanely enjoyable, riotously funny “Just Friends.” Continue reading ‘REVIEW: ‘Observe and Report’’