Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson team up to give us the back story on how Walt Disney finally managed to bring the story of Mary Poppins to millions of adoring fans in Saving Mr. Banks.
The true story of Captain Phillips and the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first U.S. cargo ship attacked by pirates in over 200 years.
This docudrama of Steve Jobs life, paints an interesting picture of this well known visionary….
Faced with an impossible budget within the competitive world of Major League Baseball, Oakland A’s general manger, Billy Beane, decided to try something everyone said was impossible, assemble a team on a budget based on a statistical analysis of the player’s abilities.
For one of the best films of the summer, go to see The Help. In addition to some amazing performances, a great script, and many hysterical moments; The Help will teach you about a difficult period of US History that you probably didn’t even know about, unless you lived through it.
Although most of us know about King Edward VIII abdicating to be with the notorious Mrs. Simpson, I think few of us knew the story of his brother, King George VI. We get a much needed look at history and these two brothers in the film, The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper.
Ridley Scott’s lastest film is a case of ruining a film but miss-titling it and miss-promoting it. Robin Hood is actually a prequel to the Robin Hood tales we all know so well.
Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is a strange hybrid. I’m not sure that the filmmakers ever figured out what type of movie they wanted to make.
Paul Thomas Anderson has made cinematic epics before. He applied the stylistic touches of David Lean and Robert Altman to both Boogie Nights and Magnolia; however, There Will Be Blood is pure Anderson.
Road to Perdition was the second film directed by Sam Mendes. He won an academy award for his first film, American Beauty. The film established Mendes as more than a one-hit-wonder, and marked Mendes as a cinematic force with which to be reckoned.
There is something special about Good Night, and Good Luck that separates it from other modern movies. It is presented in black and white, but I don’t think that is one of the film’s defining features. Black and white in this day and age suggest a commitment to a vision. Filmmakers could almost always make more money with a color film; however, they occasionally choose not to take the easy path.
Some jobs are admittedly more interesting than others. The Hurt Locker details the day-to-day activities of an elite bomb squad unit at the end of their tour in Iraq. The film is complete immersion into the lifestyles of soldiers in a modern war.
Michael Mann ignores the established language of cinema. For as long as film has existed people have added to the artistic medium, but Mann ignores the contributions others have made to cinema. Public Enemies is the third film since Mann remade his style.
There is often a struggle when one piece of media is adapted into another. Many times films adapted from plays are identifiable even before viewing the credits. Frost/Nixon does not have this problem.