Archives for May 2011


Midnight in Paris

Grand cru from Allen should charm for sure
Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates
Directed by Woody Allen

Yes, you can believe what you’ve been reading – "Midnight in Paris" really is the best Woody Allen film in a long time. It’s a love letter to Paris, an ode to the Jazz age and the writers of the Lost Generation, and a romance with the past. It’s also the handoff of the baton of cinematic neurosis between Woody Allen and the film’s star, Owen Wilson. Allen and Wilson have both formed their ... more >

Kung Fu Panda 2

Sequel genre is becoming lazy we think
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan
Directed by Jennifer Yuh

"Kung Fu Panda 2" breaks new ground in the history of cinema.  Everyone knows you can’t use 3-D in the second movie in a series. You have to wait until the third one. Then again the second movie strategy makes sense. All the better to hold up helpless parents at the box office, I suppose. Breaking the 3- D sequel custom appears to be "Panda"’s lone innovation. Otherwise this is one of the ... more >

The Debt

Directed by John Madden. Starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, and Jessica Chastain.   ... more >

Go, Panda, go!

All signs point to a strong box office holiday weekend. As a passionate supporter of theatrical exhibition, seeing the industry’s numbers slide down, as they have known to do in the past, is always a matter for concern. But movies like “Hangover II” and “Kung Fun Panda” getting rolled out this weekend, things haven’t looked this good in a long time. Early estimates put “Hangover” opening (and it ... more >

The tree of life

Getting ultra-philosophical on the meaning of life
Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain
Directed by Terrence Malick

If Terrence Malick is a saint of cinema, then this is his holy lesson. Over a four-decade career, the mercurial American visionary has mastered absence and flowered a daunting mystery. After making one of the most impressive debuts in American film history, 1973’s "Badlands," he quit talking to the press. After the dreamy masterpiece "Days of Heaven" five years later, the perfectionist dipped a ... more >

Netflix vs the Studios

Round One

I'm taking a break from doing numerous tweaks to this new site so I can discuss something Nikki Finke just reported on Deadline. As you know, Netflix has been acquiring a ever-growing library of titles and streams them for a monthly fee (comedy, drama, any genres). They've now got nearly twenty million customers. Their business model, which has included putting all their resources into their ... more >

Shark night 3D trailer out

From the producers of "Hostel" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre, here comes "Shark night 3D," in theatres this September. ... more >