All posts tagged "Steven Spielberg"

  • Entertainment
    Movie Review: Interesting, Well Made IN DARKNESS Is Just Too Familiar

    In 1993, Steven Spielberg cracked the code to the Holocaust film genre with his Academy Award-winning Schindler\’s List.  Maybe the great director\’s finest film, Schindler\’s List mixed graphic violence with honest sentiment about as well as any movie I can imagine; Spielberg never spared viewers the horrors that occurred at the death...

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    Movie Review: Approaching UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING from the Uninitiated’s Perspective

    When I learned I would be reviewing Underworld: Awakening, I toyed with watching the first three Underworld films as preparation (prior to my Awakening screening, I had seen but bits and pieces of Underworlds 1 – 3) but then decided against it.  My reasons were two-fold:  I didn\’t think I\’d have the...

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    CultureMob Giveaway: Win Jo Nesbø’s HEADHUNTERS in Paperback

    If you fancy yourself a pulp fiction fan, do yourself a favor and check out the novels of Jo Nesbø.  Many have compared the Norwegian author’s crime thrillers to Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy,” but for my money, Nesbø has Larsson beat.  While both share an affinity for grisly doings in the frozen European North (Norway for...

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    DC Film Beat: Metro Area Cinema for 1 May – 8 May

    The movie of the week is The Avengers.  In a minute, I\’m going to drop some slightly-less-hyped (understatement of the millennium) movie suggestions on you, but I know the score: you\’ll be seeing The Avengers no matter what.  That\’s not a criticism – I\’ll be seeing The Avengers, too.  I\’m reminded of...

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    Movie Review: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Works Like Gangbusters, Even If America Didn’t Care About It

    It takes Steven Spielberg\’s The Adventures of Tintin about five seconds to connect with an audience.  Between that bouncy, noir-themed credits sequence and John Williams\’ jazzy score, we\’re hooked immediately, and the film keeps on giving; working alongside the skilled digital technicians at ILM (Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds) and Weta...

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    Movie Review: LONDON BOULEVARD May Be a Mess, But It’s a Glorious Mess

    With his directorial debut, London Boulevard, Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan (of The Departed fame) has created a one-of-a-kind failure, and I can\’t recommend it highly enough.  This isn\’t just a bad movie; anyone can make a bad movie.  This is a fiasco, where moments of wonderful characterization and creative invention exist...

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    Oscar Rant 2012: Why the Oscar Nominations Got Things So Wrong

    Note: for those unfamiliar with the 2012 Oscar Nominations, click HERE for Dan Coxon\’s succinct listing. The 2012 Academy Award Nominations feel like a dismissal of Oscar Years 2007 – 2010.  Look, I\’m the first to acknowledge that, at their best, the Oscars are wildly unsatisfying (they generally favor mainstream cinema, they...

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    Movie Review: REAL STEEL Doesn’t Quite Score the Knockout Punch

    Real Steel (not Reel Steel or Real Steal, as it turns out) is so close to being a good movie.  Part of me wants to give the film a pass considering how much better it is than its tired, shot-full-of-clichés structure; not only does it turn Richard Matheson\’s great short story “Steel”...

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    A Year at the Movies: The Best (and Worst) Films of 2011

    The general consensus is that 2011 was an “almost there” year at the cinema.  You go looking for the abject masterpieces, then expect to come back lacking.  That\’s not to say that 2011 produced a bad film crop, far from it; brilliance just took a backseat to solid, dependable craftsmanship.  It was...