Monthly Archives: June, 2013

Behold the Three-Headed World War Z!

Forget the whole 3D added-value deal–for the price of a single World War Z movie ticket you get at least three movies in one: World War Z Film One–The Book Adaptation: The first World War Z is the book lover’s worse nightmare: a complete and total failure to capture even a fraction of the rich, dark pleasures […]

Whose Man of Steel is This, Anyway?

It took until mid-June, but this movie season finally has what every summer needs. After a May filled with passable-but-uninspiring fare like Iron Man and Star Trek, dumb-fun stuff like Fast and Furious 6, and universally-agreed-upon whipping boy After Earth, in The Man of Steel we finally have a blockbuster everyone—fans, critics, geeks, and mainstream […]

No Joke: This is the End is the Funniest Film I’ve Seen in A Very Long Time *

* Your results may vary. I admit I was getting nervous. More and more often in recent years, I’ve gone to see big-name “comedies” that everyone else thought were “heeee-larious,” but I found at best amusing, at worst, hateful and horrifically unfunny. We all know humor is a personal, subjective thing, and that it thrives […]

Interview: The East Writer-star Brit Marling and Writer-director Zal Batmanglij

Two summers ago I was knocked out by the DIY micro-budget science-fiction film Another Earth and the thoughtful, creative integrity and energy of its makers, writer-director Mike Cahill and writer-star Brit Marling. When I interviewed the two back in 2011, I was further impressed and inspired by their story: Marling, an economics major, had met […]

Interview: Dave Franco, Co-star of Now You See Me

Last year, while watching 21 Jump Street, I was impressed by the handsome, charismatic young actor playing the eco-minded high-school drug dealer, and scribbled in my notes, “It looks like this kid stole James Franco’s DNA.” Of course, by the end of the movie, I’d realized how true that was: The actor was in fact […]

After Earth is the Best Film of the Year, Maybe the Best Science-Fiction Film Ever…”

“… So shut it, hatas.” – Signed, the Pinkett-Smith Family, M. Night Shyamalan, and Justin Bieber There are films that fail because of shoddy production, lazy film making, and a general pandering lack of cohesive creative vision. Films that don’t try, that don’t care, that have nothing but obvious, greedy contempt for their audiences. 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