Tag Archives: Joseph Gordon Levitt

The Walk review — Sure-Footed In The Sky

Directed by Robert Zemeckis | Written by Zemeckis and Christopher Browne, based on a book by Philippe Petit | 123 min Unlike last week's feature release, Pawn Sacrifice, where the historical drama compared unflatteringly to a more comprehensive documentary (Liz Garbus' Bobby Fischer Against The World), The Walk distances itself from James Marsh's brilliant and Oscar-winning Man… Read More

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For review

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, adapting Frank Miller's series of graphic novels I wonder if there's a best before date for sequels. Perhaps if more than five years passes since the original's release, any plans for a sequel should be scrapped. Can anyone tell me about a sequel that showed up more than five… Read More

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) review

Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki If this is to be Miyazaki's final film with Studio Ghibli—which, despite many false retirements, he says it will be—a romantic, historical drama about an engineer is an unorthodox subject matter to go out on. That said, it still has plenty of the fantastic and surreal whimsy he's become… Read More

Don Jon review

Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-LevittFull marks to a first time feature filmmaker who writes and stars. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, already a performer with cred in blockbuster (The Dark Knight Rises, Looper) and indie ((500) Days of Summer) films, now can count director among his abilities. And he starts smart, with this fairly modest character study.… Read More

Lincoln review

Directed by Steven SpielbergWritten by Tony Kushner, adapting Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns GoodwinI walked into Spielberg's newest historical epic expecting a handsome, serious and somewhat sentimental movie (thanks to the director's undeniable skill and irrepressible mushiness), beautiful to see (thanks to cinematographer Janusz Kaminski) with an acting clinic… Read More

Looper review

Written and directed by Rian JohnsonRemember the question that came up in Dead Zone? The one where Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) asks his doctor friend (Herbert Lom) if he had the power to go back in time and kill Adolf Hitler, would he? And his friend says yes, absolutely, or something to that effect. There's… Read More

Ruby Sparks review

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris Written by Zoe Kazan Ruby Sparks is almost two movies, or, at least, starts as one and then becomes another. That's a neat trick if it's done well as it is here. The first movie is a light, magic-realist romcom as you can see by the trailer. You… Read More

The Dark Knight Rises review

Directed by Christopher NolanWritten by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan andDavid S. Goyer. Batman was created by Bob Kane in DC Comics.And so it ends, eh? When Christopher Nolan was handed the reins to the pointy-eared vigilante franchise and Batman Begins came out in 2005, the character could only go… Read More

50/50 Reviewed

Directed by Jonathan LevineWritten by Will ReiserThis picture was a bit of a surprise.In it, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Adam, a 27-year-old guy who works in news radio. He's slim and healthy, runs in the morning through scenic Seattle—definitely Vancouver standing in through some shots—though suffers from a chronic backache. Turns out he has a malignant… Read More