Archives for December 2009

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Nick Nolte Documentary to Air

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Nick Nolte knows how intimidating he can appear on-screen, and how frightening it might be for someone not in his inner circle to accidentally anger him. Perhaps that's why Tom Thurman, in directing the illuminating documentary, ‘Nick Nolte: No Exit,’ arranges for Nolte to literally interview himself. The title may be a cheap nod to existentialism, but that's exactly what the audience gets: Nolte ... more >

Avatar

Neo-colonialism Hollywood-style. I'm just saying.
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver
Directed by James Cameron

In the many early raves for James Cameron’s Avatar, one critic compared the film to the first major talkie, 'The Jazz Singer.' Not a bad comparison. The 1927 audience for that film was undoubtedly astounded by that first magic sprinkling of sound onto film. Yet 1927 happens to be the greatest year for silent filmmaking. Few would think of 'The Jazz Singer' as being artistically in the same league ... more >

Bad Lieutenant

On the beat again
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes and Val Kilmer
Directed by Werner Herzog

What made Abel Ferrara’s 1992 film “Bad Lieutenant” so good was that it was a character study about an unredeemable, corruptible lowlife. Werner Herzog’s new film 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans' feels about as long as its title, makes efforts to humanize the character, and comes off feeling more like a “Law and Order” episode rather than character study. Nicholas Cage is a bright ... more >

Sherlock Holmes

The start of a long and storied franchise
Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams
Directed by Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie and Sherlock Holmes fit? Why, it’s elementary my dear movie fan. This is one of the most entertaining thrillers of the year and the fantastic team of Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law are a big part of the reason why. They take top honors as the year's best bro-mance, arguing like an old married couple while deep down knowing that they’d be lost without each other. Downey is Holmes ... more >

“The Young Victoria”

"Every Oscar season needs a queen"
Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee

So we’ve started to reach that point with Emily Blunt. Is the talented English actress going to become a true star in her own right, rather than supporting everyone else’s star? Or will she turn dull watching Rebecca Hall steal all her roles for the next decade? The very talented English actress has been One to Watch since catching the critical eye, first in 2005’s "My Summer of Love" and as ... more >

Brittany Murphy Dead at 32

Comedic talents and beauty -- what a tragedy

Sadly we heard that "Eight Mile" actress Brittany Murphy died this morning at her Los Angeles home of an apparent heart attack. Murphy did not have a rewarding private life but she made a number of successful moves in her career. In May 2007, Murphy married screenwriter Simon Monjack in a private Jewish ceremony. In 2005, Murphy signed as the spokesmodel for Jordache jeans. The actress became a ... more >

Jennifer Jones – OBIT

A Hollywood myth leaves us

Jennifer Jones has died, she was 90. Following news of her death yesterday, journalists focus on the missed opportunities of Jennifer Jones’ career, mostly caused by her second husband, producer David O. Selznick. Still, not a shabby career overall. For her first starring role, “The Song of Bernadette,” (1943) Jennifer Jones earned an academy award. Later, she went on to be nominated for ... more >