Archives for July 2010

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BRUCKHEIMER IN WEAK POSITION WITH DISNEY?

By ALI NADERZAD - July 20, 2010We live in strange times. A red-haired thirtysomething British man with the face of a Roman consul is beating all B.O expectations with his latest cerebral action drama, and Jerry Bruckheimer, our clean-cut and celebrated big-shot producer who survived his partnership with Don Simpson and lined up one hit after monstrous hit since is in trouble, spelled out to the ... more >

GIBSON OUT FOR GOOD?

By ALI NADERZAD - July 19, 2010We’re a long way from 1984’s “The River” (dir. Mark Rydell) in which Mel Gibson played Tom Garvey, the head of a farming family in a battle to save its estate. Gibson's Garvey showed steadfast human values: moral rectitude, love, and a will deadset to get him and his family past lousy circumstances. What happened? The Peekskill, N.Y. stud has turned into the butt of ... more >

INCEPTION BOX OFFICE SLAYER

By ALI NADERZAD - July 18, 2010Looting dreams is good business, apparently. Chris Nolan's 'Inception' weekend B.O. returns are smashing all predictions to smithereens. Early estimates place coin at around 60M, which should round off at around 61.5 mil when all the final figures are tallied up. It will take a lot more to unseat the contender in the top opening weekend B.O. category (158.4M), ... more >

THE DEATH OF BERNARD GIRAUDEAU

By ALI NADERZAD - July 17, 2010I remember the handsome blue eyes, the self-effacing gaze, his turns in France's generational films. Bernard Giraudeau played alongside actors such as Sophie Marceau and Jean Gabin and was directed by Raul Ruiz and Nicole Garcia. At first he was known for his turn as a seducer, later playing more tortured characters. Towards the end of his rich career in the arts ... more >

Inception – THE OTHER VIEW

Another critic sounds off
Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard
Directed by Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan’s dashing mindbender “Inception” is doomed to wide and inaccurate comparisons to Stanley Kubrick. I say this because every challenging English-language film that critics cannot immediately box draws comparisons to Kubrick. True, there is a mind-blowing zero-gravity fight scene with the weightlessness of "2001." Then again it could be Fred Astaire, dancing on the ceiling of the ... more >

INCEPTION NOLAN 3

Inception

Such is the stuff that dreams are made of?
Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard
Directed by Christopher Nolan

There is no question that director Christopher Nolan dreams big. After “The Dark Knight” became one of the most successful superhero adaptations of all time, he returns with “Inception,” definitely one of the year’s most ambitious movies so far. Is it original and interesting? Sure. Is it a masterpiece? No. That story that seems to have eluded everybody during the trailers is this. Leonardo ... more >

IMMORTAL JEAN-MICHEL: NEW BASQUIAT DOC

By ALI NADERZAD - July 14, 2010There’s a new Basquiat documentary, this time made by Tamra Davis, a filmmaker who was friends with the New York artist and has earned her stripes directing TV series (“My Name is Earl,” “Ugly Betty”), music videos and the occasional feature film (“Half-Baked” and “Billy Madison”). In “Basquiat: The Radiant Child” Davis chronicles the classic tale of the rise and ... more >