Pacific Rim is the biggest, most expensive H. P. Lovecraft story ever put on film. It is not based on actual story, but director Guilermo del Torohas been trying to make an adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness for some time, and there are Lovecraftian elements in his tale. This summer tent pole released… More
White House Down is a virtual remake of Die Hard, and that’s alright with me. Like Die Hard, Roland Emmerich’s film is about an ordinary-extraordinary man, John Cale (Channing Tatum), who is in the wrong place – the White House – at the wrong time – when a band of mercs led by Jason Clarke… More
This week the team reports on World War Z and Man of Steel. Also on their plate is Dirty Wars, Much Ado About Nothing, Fill the Void, a documentary about Andre Gregory, The Bling Ring, and for kids, Monsters University.
Hava Nagila Director: Roberta Grossman With: Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Connie Francis, Danny Kaye, etc., and a whole bunch of Jews at weddings and bar mitzvahs. As a (one-time) yeshiva boy, I have occasionally ruminated on the idea that 5,000-plus years of Jewish culture have been reduced in America to the bagel and Hava Nagila. … More
I am finally beginning to post written reviews on the All Classical website. Many people have taken me to task for my failure to blog about movies, but all things come to those who wait. I will start with the latest attempted blockbuster, being the latest “re-boot” of a venerable character. Man of Steel Director:… More
Our fearless movie critics look at The Internship, The Kings of Summer, Violet and Daisy, Sightseers, that old chestnut Pit and the Pendulum, and the new documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. Wikipedia link for Violet and Daisy Hilton
Battlefield Earth, but that’s not saying much. M. Night must have had a metronome by him as he was sitting in the director’s chair, because he sure hit all the beats you would expect in a sci-fi-estranged-father-son-catharthis-aspiring-to-be-epic movie. Yawn. Perhaps it’s because Will Smith seems to have checked his personality at the sound-stage door, he’s… More