Archives for October 2008


How to lose friends and alienate people

Faux-pas elevated to art-form level
Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst and Megan Fox
Directed by Robert B. Weide

How does such a proven genre-deflater as Simon Pegg fall into such conventional quicksand? Pegg undid the undead in the zombie film parody Shaun of the Dead. He uncuffed the cop action blowout in Hot Fuzz. So what happens when he tries to de-celebrate the celebrity culture in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People? Nothing quite so deflating. Which is deflating for the audience. While it has ... more >

Alice Braga

Catching up with Brazil's most famous export

I recently caught up with Alice Braga by phone. We talked about her famous aunt Sonia and those pesky indie bands from Canada. Hi Alice! How are you? I’m very good, thank you, how are you? How was your weekend? Great. I’ve been trying to reach you for two days. (laughs) Oh I know, I’m so sorry. They told me that you tried to call me, I think there was something wrong with my phone. But I ... more >