Monthly Archives: June, 2012

Interview: Magic Mike‘s Star Channing Tatum

We’ve seen a lot of Channing Tatum in recent years—in action films like G.I. Joe and The Eagle, romances such as Dear John and The Vow, and doing surprisingly nimble (and very funny) comedic work in The Dilemma and 21 Jump Street. But in Magic Mike (and no, I can’t believe I’m going to write […]

Interview: Magic Mike Co-star Joe Manganiello

Folks across multiple movie-going demographics are going to be pleasantly surprised by Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, and Matthew McConaughey, and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Based on his own real-life experiences as a male dancer, the film follows Tatum’s Mike, a popular Tampa Bay stripper trying to figure out where to go with […]

Honestly, Abe

I’m not knocking Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for its inherently goofy hook—that our 16th president spent his early years dispatching (with his rail-splitting axe) the undead fiends who’ve infiltrated the new republic, only to later find himself back at odds with Confederate undead during his famed Civil War administration. In fact, I giddily embraced it. […]

Pixar’s Not So Brave New World

The problem with believing in the “Pixar Magic” is it becomes an ineffable catch-all for everything that once made Pixar animated family films better than the rest of their ilk. Sure Pixar films are usually visually impeccable, well-plotted with thought-out characters, and entertaining and moving on multiple levels. But in the past there’s been that […]

Interview: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’s Writer-Director Lorene Scafaria

Actress-playwright-singer Lorene Scafaria made her mark in 2008 with the screenplay for Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, a sweetly hip little love story. That breakthrough also earned her a spot in Hollywood’s new “Fempire” gang of women screenwriters, along with her pals Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), Liz Meriwether (No Strings Attached, New Girl), and […]

Interview: Safety Not Guaranteed Director Colin Trevorrow

Mark Duplass Month (including Your Sister’s Sister and People Like Us) continues with Safety Not Guaranteed, a small comedy that may have a dose of “science fiction” or just “crazy delusion.” (Read my interview with Your Sister’s Sister writer-director Lynn Shelton.) The tremendously entertaining film from writer Derek Connolly and first-time director Colin Tervorrow, is […]

Interview: Your Sister’s Sister Writer-Director Lynn Shelton

If you don’t know who Mark Duplass is now, you will by the end of June. Though he’s most recognizable from FX’s hilariously raunchy sit-com The League, more importantly, for the past seven years Mark and his brother Jay have been captivating the independent film world with their films The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, and […]

Prometheus Unbound

A third of the way into director Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, I wrote in my notes, “This is dang-near perfect—everything you’d want from a summer sci-fi thriller with cosmic aspirations!” Two-thirds through, I wrote, “Hey, what the hell happened to that terrific, summer sci-fi thriller I was watching?” Prometheus opens millions of years in the past, […]

Lost in the Woods: Snow White and the Huntsman

For a film obsessed with hearts both literal (eaten raw!) and figurative (plowing the same barren romantic ground as last year’s “Twilight Fairy Tale,” Red Riding Hood), Snow White and the Huntsman lacks a beating pulse of its own. The Female Empowerment Action Film is this year’s second take on the classic story after Tarsem […]

Interview: U.N. Me Film Maker Ami Horowitz

In the new documentary U.N. Me, first-time film maker Ami Horowitz sets out to expose what he sees as the institutional failings of the United Nations. To cover the scandals, corruption, and bureaucratic and philosophic absurdities of the 67-year-old world-peace organization, Horowitz and his co-writer and co-director Matthew Goff employ the sometimes whimsical humor and […]

“While all the other arts were born naked, [film], the youngest, has been born fully-clothed. It can say everything before it has anything to say. It is as if the savage tribe, instead of finding two bars of iron to play with, had found scattering the seashore fiddles, flutes, saxophones, trumpets, grand pianos by Erhard and Bechstein, and had begun with incredible energy, but without knowing a note of music, to hammer and thump upon them all at the same time.”

--Virginia Woolf