With yet another New Year’s Eve fast approaching the best way to ensure the night lives up to the immense hype and does not fall victim to stress and expectations would be to celebrate with one (or all) of the following movie characters.
Personally, 2011 was a fantastic year for film. I don’t want to dwell on the negatives, because those films were quickly forgotten, but I found this year to be full of pleasant surprises. I hope you enjoy this list. Would love to hear feedback and discussion regarding the selections!
Delightful, charming, whimsical. Many adjectives have been used to rave about Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, widely considered to be the director’s best film in many years. With the release of the film on DVD/Blu-Ray this week, let’s take a trip across the Atlantic as we visit all the wonderful places featured in the movie.
The Christmas season means televisions all over the world are clogged with holiday-themed films. Fred Claus is not one of the good ones, and stumbling upon its non-noteworthiness one recent winter night got me to thinking. Who could have replaced director David Dobkin and made it work?
A couple weeks back I happened upon a showing of A Few Good Men which turned out to be fortuitous because I noticed something new, something which I think might just qualify as the greatest 5 seconds in the vast Tom Cruise acting canon.
The Godfather, 12 Angry Men, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – all of these titles have something in common, yet one does not quite belong. If you haven’t guessed it, all three are adaptations, yet only The Godfather and 12 Angry Men have received critical acclaim. With so many detailed, well written, and acclaimed video games now in circulation, why is it that their adaptations suck?
Ah, Awards Season, the scent is beginning to fill the air like evergreen and eggnog. And thus, the extravagant rumor mill regarding what nominees will be read in the future wee hours of a January L.A. morning has begun to churn. Well, I’m here today, Academy, not to pose a query but to enter a plea.
The classic tough guy. Old Hollywood was full of them. Some were tough guys up on the silver screen while others were tough guys in real life. Some were the good kind, battling to save the honor of a woman, while others were the kind who would slap a woman around for sassing him. Many would do both, on and off the screen.
Lars von Trier is one of those directors you either love or hate. You either have a rabid distaste for his work and his persona or you think he is a misinterpreted director who makes gorgeous yet provocative films. Not too many people fall in between these two emotions when discussing the films of the Melancholy Dane. Personally, I have always aligned myself with the misunderstood cinematic genius set, which I suppose will become quite evident in the forthcoming list.