From Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf to the recently released Flight, alcoholism has been the subject of many movies. Smashed is a worthy addition to this list.
The movie may have been primarily made for children but it’s enjoyable for people of all ages and can easily be abused for all sorts of adult fun (a.k.a. a movie theatre drinking game.)
Most students have completed their midterms and are looking for a reprieve before the last push to final exams. That reprieve is Halloween, a time for partying and of course a time of spine-tingling tales and eerie creatures. If you’re not in the mood for Halloween and want to get into it, then here are
Ben Affleck’s new film Argo, based on true events, tells the story of a CIA mission to rescue six American diplomats hiding out at the Canadian Ambassador’s house during the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the take-over of the American embassy in Iran.
Sometimes directors and actors work at cross purposes, causing a film to be disjointed and aimless, regardless of a clever scene here or a good performance there. Unfortunately, such cross purposes plague We Need to Talk About Kevin and are likely responsible for much of its failure as a film. We Need to Talk About Kevin
Is it possible for a man to be entirely evil? In many ways this is the question that director Oren Moverman poses in Rampart. It is a question that I still find myself unable to answer. Woody Harrelson’s intense portrayal of corrupt LAPD officer and Vietnam War veteran David Brown does not make it easy to
A squad of soldiers storms a compound in the midst of an Eastern European urban landscape. The city is torn apart, blasted to pieces by mortar rounds. Bullets fly through the air and the soldiers are hesitant to move forward, but their commander urges them on into the fray. This doesn’t sound like a scene from
After all the hoopla and awards handed out to The Artist, it’s worth asking, “Is the film any good?” Yes, it is, and while it may lack the dramatic weight that we expect in a Best Picture winner, The Artist is certainly a dazzling film. In the truest sense, The Artist is a comedy. Winner of
Some plays are so insightful, so vivid and so entertaining that they demand to be turned into films. Or so some producers must think. Unfortunately, what works in the theatre may not always work in the cinema. Such is the case with Carnage. I suspect the Tony Award-winning play by Yasmina Reza may be far more
It is very tricky to properly portray children on film. They usually come across as either miniature adults or irritating idiots — both inaccurate portrayals of real-life kids. It takes a film as sensitive and observant as Monsieur Lazhar to portray children as they really are. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy