RED review

I gotta say, with this cast on board, I was pretty excited to check out RED. I mean, this may be the cast of the year, with apologies to The Expendables. You've got Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Brian Cox, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss, Rebecca Pidgeon and Ernest Borgnine, who…Read More

Never Let Me Go review

I was quite amazed at this film to start with, since I didn't know much about it, only that the reviews were strong, as is the cast, and that it involved a love triangle. That it's actually hard sci-fi may surprise many. It did me because it's nowhere in the marketing. Just an interesting detail. …Read More

15 Directors Meme

I saw this list-making on Flixchatter and thought to carry on the virus. The idea is to list the 15 film directors whose work has directly influenced your appreciation of film, of the way you perceive the movies you watch. As a film nut, this is a fun game. I immediately think of the films…Read More

The Killer Inside Me review

Coming out of Sundance this year, The Killer Inside Me caused quite a commotion. An audience member called out director Michael Winterbottom, calling the film "just horrible" for its depiction of brutal violence, especially towards the two lead female characters in the picture.Director Winterbottom is one of the most versatile and interesting filmmakers working today.…Read More

About “Writerly Ambitions”

The IMDB pointed me to this story, which is an interesting post on why TV is a writer's medium, much more than movies are these days. I don't think I agree with everything this fellow says... his examples—Stephen Gaghan, David E. Kelly, Frank Darabont—they're far from what I'd call the cream of Hollywood's literati, in…Read More

Tilda Swinton

I was thinking about Michael Clayton yesterday. The 2007 thriller starring George Clooney was directed by Tony Gilroy, who may be best know for his screenplays for all three Bourne movies. It was announced this week that he's in talks to direct the next Bourne movie, The Bourne Legacy, since Paul Greengrass dropped out. Matt…Read More