After Slumdog Millionaire, I had zero faith in Danny Boyle. Even though he had directed Trainspotting and 28 Days Later, I just could not shake the awful feeling that his career was on a downturn towards sloppy, sentimental works–and I’m also pretty sure I’m the only person who didn’t like it. With 127 Hours, though, […]Read More Aron Ralston has a problem [127 hours]
In every screenwriting book, they tell you that by the end of the first ten minutes you have to know and empathize with the main characters. Blake Snyder calls this the “Save the Cat” moment wherein our hero/anti-hero does something good/admirable and helps us make the connection to the character. The Incredibles did this quite […]Read More Five Movies: The First Ten Minutes
Numbers from Box Office Mojo. It was one of those weekends where nearly everyone had something come out for them. Families had Megamind (#1, $47.65 million), the 18-34 demographic had Due Date (#2, $33.5 million), and the elderly, the urban, the etc. had For Colored Girls (#3, $20.1 million). And it shook out in just that way, […]Read More By the Numbers: 11/5-11/7
Because It’s Inevitable Let’s just get this out of the way now: This movie is not The Incredibles. For a few reasons. First, it’s not as good. Plain and simple. Brad Bird works some kind of special magic, and it’s on full display in the Incredibles. Second, the mythos is completely different. Whereas the Incredibles […]Read More Every Thorn has its Rose [megamind]
The LA Times recently published this article, and it got me thinking about the franchise as a whole, and what it’s meant for me. I was ten when I began reading the books–one of my first memories is being so addicted to them that I’d go to Costco and pick up a sale copy and sit […]Read More Harry Potter and the Fact I’m 22 now.
It’s a road movie. It’s a buddy comedy. It’s absurd. It’s incredibly heartfelt. Seriously? Seriously. Even though it exists in the universe of a comedy–where breaking the law is okay and repercussions are excised for the sake of pacing–this movie culls a lot of emotion out of its situations and its pit stops. But don’t […]Read More Automobiles, Automobiles, and Automobiles [due date]
I didn’t really expect much from this movie. I’m not the target marget, I just like Sam Rockwell. Hilary Swank is a fair enough actor though she has gotten the reputation of being a sure of sign of movie built to win Oscars–I’m pretty sure this was because of Million Dollar Baby, then Freedom Writers, […]Read More innocence in the face of guilt [conviction]